A short week means I'm this much closer to being caught up. I may even have some rankings for June before June is over!
5 - X-Men #1 (last issue - n/a)
I really want to like a book with this cast, but I don’t know that there’s room on my pull list for a book where characters are unironically saying “OMG” on multiple panels. Furthermore, the evil baby that can posess machines plotline isn’t doing much for me either. So sadly, this one’s a pass.
4 - Captain America #7 (last issue - 3 out of 8 books)
I never quite appreciate stories where someone who’s been raised as a sociopath starts taking on traits (such as empathy) that a sociopath just wouldn’t display. So it is with all of Jet’s decisions in this issue. And that puts an unfair pall over the rest of what should be the extraordinary issue where Captain America swears that he will not be absent for his son the way he’s been absent for so many, nor give into the situation he’s in the way his father before him did.
This should have been a character-defining issue, but instead I’m hung up on the inexplicable actions of a secondary character.
3 - Uncanny X-Force #5 (last issue - 7 out of 8 books)
It says something about Humphries’ ability as a writer that we had to endure one of those mindscape journeys that artists must love but I just don’t care too much for and I still want to know what happens next. As we recover a Bishop that somewhat resembles the once-popular X-Man, and see the team dynamic form, there’s a lot of good character work backgrounding a so-so story.
The final piece of the puzzle is Fantomex, which has finally found their way into the thick of things at a very inconvenient time. Still on the hook.
2 - Avenging Spider-Man #21 (last issue - 5 out of 8 books)
Yost’s long form story in this title is possibly the most intriguing thing going on in Marvel Comics right now. We got the first window into what Octer-Man actually has in this issue as he claims the Chameleon is “my responsibility.” It’s a nice touch without tipping too much of his hand.
The rest of the story, a cantankerous Spider-Man having his plans ruined and cursing the Parker Luck for the interference, was just a good time. Hulks coming and going, banter being exchanged, and one massively unamused Otto in the center of it all. This was just a joy.
Here’s where we are now: there’s a lot of strange and unexplained pieces of the puzzle, which now absolutely involves time travel. At least two students are in the “present” while the rest are returned to another present or at least not-so-distant future unscathed...and I just don’t care.
Not in the bad “I don’t care about this story” sense, but in the good “I don’t care where the plot is because the characters just make sense” sense. Every character, regardless of whether I understand where/when they are, comes off as more compelling than in the issue before. And that’s real storytelling.
None of these characters are more properly fleshed out than Casey, who may not yet be a fully realized dynamo in the story, but we get why she’s doing the things she’s doing in the places she’s doing them...and all of that means so much more than the puzzle of whats and whens that’s going on, even if that’s a fascinating puzzle.