Friday, July 28, 2006

In Passing...X-Men to Blue Beetle

X-Men #189
Mike Carey & Chris Bachalo
We got a glimpse of a few of the new villains of the series in the previous issue of the "Supernovas" storyline and now we're treated to a whole team of them. And they're pretty cool and interesting, something that I don't think's been done in one of the secondary X-titles for years. Aurora and Northstar finally make their appearance in the book and there was a short interlude scene from Shi'ar space that I really enjoyed. B

Blue Beetle #5
Keith Giffen, John Rogers & Duncan Rouleau
Not a fan of Duncan Rouleau's guest pencils. It was really hard to understand what was going on in some action panels and...well, I just think it's kind of ugly. But I'm dropping Blue Beetle after this issue for more than that. The story just isn't compelling me to keep reading. It's all getting very stale and uninteresting. D

New Avengers #22
Brian Michael Bendis & Leinil Yu
This issue of the Civil War crossover focuses on Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. It was a very touching issue, what with a little one in the mix. And I really enjoyed this exchange of dialogue and the comparison Cage made:

Iron Man: Luke, they will come to your home and they will take you out of here. And if that doesn't work, they'll call us in next, Do you want that? Is that what your goal is?

Luke Cage: Oh. Is it Mississippi in the 1950's now?

Iron Man: Oh. Come on!!

Luke Cage: The difference is...?

Iron Man: Stop it. Will you stop?

Luke Cage: Getting pulled out of your home in the middle of the night for being different is the same now as it was then.

Jessica Jones: Does have a timeless quality to it.

Luke Cage: Don't it?

I was really impressed with Leinel Yu's art on the book and was happy to hear that he would be the regular artist when things with Civil War cool down a little. And Bendis always writes Cage and Jessica really great. Very good issue. A

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