RSS Feed
Sep 24

Juggernaut #1 annotations

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

JUGGERNAUT #1
“Picking Up the Pieces”
by Fabian Nicieza, Ron Garney & Matt Milla

Juggernaut. The Juggernaut is Cain Marko, Professor X’s evil stepbrother, who became “unstoppable” after getting powers from a magical crystal. “Unstoppable”, in practice, tends to mean “gets zapped by a telepath” or “gets buried under concrete”, or “falls down a well” or some such thing – but he does always come back in the end. He debuted in X-Men vol 1 #12 way back in 1965, and this is his first miniseries, though he has had some one-shots over the years.

Although the book was included on the X-books’ reading list and it does come from the X-office, it doesn’t have the normal Krakoa-era branding.

(more…)
Sep 23

X of Swords: Creation #1 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X OF SWORDS: CREATION
“X of Swords, Chapter 01”
by Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz & Marte Gracia

X OF SWORDS. Welcome to the big crossover event of 2020. It runs through every X-book for the next couple of months (aside from the Juggernaut miniseries), and this is one of several one-shots dotted along the way – the next one will be X of Swords: Stasis, due out at the end of October.

As with Powers of X, the title is a Roman numeral, and you’re meant to call it “Ten of Swords”. It’s a tarot reference, but we’ll get to that.

(more…)
Sep 20

X-Men #12 annotations

Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X-MEN vol 5 #12
“Amenth”
by Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho

COVER / PAGE 1. Summoner with (presumably) some of the monsters that he’s summoned up. He seems to be crying black tears. Curiously, this issue doesn’t carry a “Path to X of Swords” logo.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits. The recap is describing the events of X-Men #2. The title, “Amenth”, isn’t a word, and doesn’t seem to refer to anything pre-established. We’ll see later that it’s the name of the wasteland dimension in which Arakko was banished.

(more…)
Sep 19

Giant-Size X-Men: Storm #1 annotations

Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: STORM #1
“Disintegration”
by Jonathan Hickman, Russell Dauterman & Matthew Wilson

COVER / PAGE 1: Just a picture of Storm.

PAGES 2-4. Jean and Emma talk to Storm about her condition.

This flashback is picking up from Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost #1, which came out way back in February (although that gap would have been shorter without the pandemic). That issue established that Storm had been infected with a techno-organic virus by the Children of the Vault, which was going to kill her. This obviously ties in to the recurring theme in Hickman’s early issues about the dangers (to mutants) of technology and the accompanying need for Krakoa to be free of conventional technology.

(more…)
Sep 18

Excalibur #12 annotations

Posted on Friday, September 18, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

EXCALIBUR vol 4 #12
“Verse XII: The Beginning”
by Tini Howard, Marcus To & Erick Arciniega

COVER / PAGE 1. Saturnyne plays chess with Excalibur as the pieces (a common motif with Otherworld rulers); she doesn’t realise she’s a piece in Apocalypse’s game in her turn. If you really want to nitpick, the chess board ought to have a white square in the bottom right corner.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits.

PAGES 4-6. Apocalypse addresses the High Lords.

“The Eternal Caldera, Krakoa.” A caldera is a cauldron-like cavity on an extinct volcano. The location, then, is presumably the extinct volcano on the Arak Coral from X-Men #2, which contained a closed portal to Krakoa’s sister island of Arakko.

(more…)
Sep 17

Hellions #4 annotations

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

HELLIONS #4
“Love Bleeds”
by Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia & David Curiel

COVER / PAGE 1. Havok lashes out, with the Hellions lying defeated around him. Not exactly a scene which takes place during the issue. It seems to be a homage to the cover of Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #270 (the first part of the X-Tinction Agenda crossover), in which Havok was a brainwashed Genoshan magistrate.

PAGE 2. Once again, an epigraph from Nightcrawler. He seems to be addressing somebody (most likely the Quiet Council) and making an argument for the need to come to terms with past trauma.

(more…)
Sep 11

X-Force #12 annotations

Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X-FORCE vol 6 #12
“The Cerebro Sword”
by Benjamin Percy & Bazaldua

COVER / PAGE 1: X-Force face off against Russian forces led by the “Russian doll” supersoldiers from previous issues. This is symbolic – nothing like it happens in the issue.

PAGES 2-3. Mikhail Rasputin talks to the dying Kid Omega.

As we’ll see later, Mikhail is going to hand Omega’s body over to XENO to exploit in the same way as Domino’s. He seems aware that Kid Omega can be resurrected, but presumably thinks there’s something useful to be done with the body – even though Domino’s resurrection seemed to cut off XENO’s clones from using her powers.

(more…)
Sep 9

Marauders #12 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

MARAUDERS #12
“The New Phase”
by Gerry Duggan & Matteo Lolli

COVER / PAGE 1: The resurrected Kate Pryde shows off her new knuckle tattoos, which read “Kill Shaw”. The tattoo she got in issue #2 read “Hold Fast”.

This cover art wasn’t used in the solicitations, which instead had an image of Lockheed saying “shhhh” – presumably as a placeholder to avoid spoiling Kate’s return in the previous issue. Ironically, this concern to avoid spoilers doesn’t extend to issue #12 itself, since the unveiling of Kate’s new tattoos is the final beat of the issue.

PAGES 2-4. Kate is welcomed back to Krakoa following her resurrection.

Note that resurrected Kate has her traditional hairstyle, not the straightened hair that she’s had throughout the series to date. In keeping with Krakoan culture, she’s referred to by a “mutant name”, though the codename used is Red Queen (more of an office than a name) rather than any of her previous names.

(more…)
Sep 3

Wolverine #5 annotations

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

WOLVERINE vol 7 #5
“Bloodclocks”
by Benjamin Percy & Viktor Bogdanovic

It’s not a continuity-heavy issue, and to be honest, there’s not that much to say about it in those terms.

COVER / PAGE 1. Wolverine is beset by vampire bats.

PAGES 2-4. Dracula and co top up their bloodclocks from the captive Wolverine.

Apparently Wolverine’s healing factor is so good that you can freeze him in ice and he doesn’t suffocate. Not sure how that works. Anyway, the idea here is that Wolverine’s blood is special and carrying it lets vampires walk around in the day, at least for a time. This picks up on a data page from issue #1, which claimed that Wolverine’s blood – thanks to its healing powers – is somewhat similar to the blood of someone who has been bitten by a vampire, but has curative properties and lacks the vulnerability to light.

(more…)
Sep 3

New Mutants #12 annotations

Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2020 by Paul in Annotations, Uncategorized

NEW MUTANTS vol 4 #12
“Monster Machine”
by Ed Brisson & Marco Failla

COVER / PAGE 1. Magik lashes out at the media (in general, rather than specifically Dox, but okay).

PAGES 2-3. Prologue – more monsters in Nova Roma.

This scene picks up on a plot thread from issue #8, where Magma, Armor and Boom-Boom dealt with a bunch of weird mutant-hunting creatures in the jungles around Nova Roma (Magma’s hidden anachronistic home town). “Senator Aquila” is Magma’s father. That story ended with the unnamed woman seen here showing up looking for revenge for the death of some of her creations.

(more…)