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May 22

Charts – 17 May 2015

Posted on Friday, May 22, 2015 by Paul in Music

Schedule?  What schedule?  Luckily, it’s another insanely quiet week, with a grand total of three new entries.  Nothing much happening in the lower half of the chart (well, “Trap Queen” climbs nine, if that excites you), so we can skip directly to…

17.  David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Afrojack – “Hey Mama”


May 17

Spider-Man & The X-Men

Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

Once Marvel decided to kill off Wolverine, there were obvious knock-on effects for the other titles that he appeared in.  Of course, in most of those books, he basically stood in the background padding out the roster, so his disappearance wasn’t such a big deal.  For Wolverine and the X-Men, not so much.   That book was really about the X-Men’s students, not Wolverine – its name seems to reflect a conviction on Marvels part that the problem with books like Young X-Men was positioning them too explicitly as not proper X-Men titles – but still, he’s there in the title.

Throw in the fact that they only had six issues to pad out before Secret Wars – meaning that any sort of wider relaunch was going to be held off for a while to come – and you have a recipe for glaring filler.  And indeed, when solicitations appeared billing Spider-Man & The X-Men #1, you could pretty much hear the collective groan across the internet.


May 14

Charts – 10 May 2015

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015 by Paul in Music

Pretty uneventful week.  Running late anyway.  Let’s get going.

38.  Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”


May 13

X-Men vol 5 – “Burning Earth”

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

If you have four issues to fill before Secret Wars, plainly you could do a lot worse than call upon the services of G Willow Wilson, who’s been delivering on Ms. Marvel.  In fact, anyone looking for a Marvel Universe title to try could do a lot worse than Ms. Marvel.

As it turns out, though, G Willow Wilson can also do a lot worse than Ms. Marvel.  “Burning Earth” is not especially bad, but it’s safe to say that this is one to be filed in the Minor Works section of her bibliography.


May 9

House to Astonish Episode 132

Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2015 by Al in Podcast

It’s a relatively quiet week for comics news, but Paul and I have got a bit of chat for you regardless, as we look at the announcement of We(l)come Back at Boom!, the CBLDF’s new “Comics Connector” programme, the cancellations and renewals of a bunch of Marvel and DC TV shows and Bill Jemas’s new Ultimate imprint (now with added zombies!). We’ve also got reviews of Secret Wars and Swords of Sorrow, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe treads lightly, for it treads upon your dreams. All this plus Mike Deodato the Multiple Man, a garage with stairs and the Conspiracy Theory Channel.

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud, or available via the player below. Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And don’t forget our Redbubble store, where we can help you finally look as good as you feel.


May 5

Charts – 3 May 2015

Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Paul in Music

This week, Swedish novelty records, American high schools, and CBeebies credit sequences.

39.  Skepta – “Shutdown”


May 4

Amazing X-Men vol 3 – “Once and Future Juggernaut”

Posted on Monday, May 4, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

(NB: This volume also covers the Axis tie-in and Annual #1, but we’ve covered them separately.)

As Secret Wars looms, and the second-tier X-Men books find themselves with an arc to kill before they get there, filler mounts.  Chris Yost isn’t even writing one of the stand-in Battleworld X-books, but here he is with “Once and Future Juggernaut”.

But for whatever reason – perhaps he’s carrying out an editorial remit, perhaps he just wanted to set something up for future writers to use – there’s actually a point to this one.  It’s an exercise in rehabbing (and re-setting) the Juggernaut, and to a lesser extent Colossus.


Apr 30

Charts – 26 April 2015

Posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Paul in Music

Luckily for me, as I finally get to this on Thursday night, it was a very quiet week.

32.  Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber – “Where Are Ü Now”


Apr 28

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

THE BLACK VORTEX!  Its cosmic tendrils bring corruption and devastation wheresoe’er they wind!

THE BLACK VORTEX!  Its thirteen chapters offer a glimpse into the abyss of eternity!

THE BLACK VORTEX!  Playing goth, industrial and darkwave; women enter free before midnight.

Once the X-books got to dominate crossovers, or even skip them entirely, but today things have changed.  And so here the X-Men find themselves as junior partners in a thirteen-part crossover that in fact only includes three X-books – All-New X-Men #38-39, and Cyclops #12.  The remainder of the story wends its way through two book-end one-shots, Guardians of the Galaxy #24-25, Legendary Star-Lord #9-11, Guardians Team-Up #3, Nova #28, and Captain Marvel #14.


Apr 26

Wolverines vol 3 – “The Living and the Dead”

Posted on Sunday, April 26, 2015 by Paul in x-axis

I don’t know quite what I was expecting from a weekly series following on from Wolverine’s death and starring the likes of X-23, Daken and Sabretooth.  But it probably wasn’t Wolverines, which, if nothing else, is at least the most cheerfully insane thing that the X-office has produced in ages.

Having started off with a relatively coherent premise – five other test subjects of Dr Cornelius exploit his hypnotic programming to forcibly enlist Wolverine’s associates in the search for a cure for their own fatal modifications – Wolverines has meandered wildly off course.  A big chunk of the cast disappeared during volume 2.  Mystique seized control of the remaining group and wandered off on a vaguely-defined agenda of her own (seemingly something to do with bringing Destiny back from the dead).  Fang, of all people, showed up to torment Wolverine’s rogue’s gallery.