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Cleaning the Plate for 12/17/08 - Spoilers

X-men heavy week with an indy twist.

x-menkingbreaker1.jpgX-Men: Kingbreaker #1
Christopher Yost is a bit of a hit or miss with me, especially when it comes to his work with the X-Men. This first issue of the four part mini-series is a hit... so far. This is billed as part of the “War of the Kings” event that I’ve taken a curious interest in after the last Inhumans mini-series. In this first issue we find that Emperor Vulcan of the Shi’ar is giving his people a little breathing room by invading another system, with his beloved wife, Deathbird standing behind him in full support. This is very upsetting to the Galactic Counsel. We then catch a glimpse of where our spaceward X-friends have been, and per usual, they’re not doing so well. Both Havok and Polaris have been captured, along with Starjammer, Raza Longknife. Vulcan is desperate to break his brother’s spirit through torture, but Havok gets the last word, in what I found to be the best scene of the issue. Lilandra and Korvus seek out the Starjammer, itself, and Rachel Grey is kicking some major Shi’ar butt. Characterization is dead on here and I love the art of Dustin Weaver. This space event has me even more intrigued now than I was before. My Score: B

 

x-menlecacy219.jpgX-Men: Legacy #219
This book has probably been the best thing to come out of the last big X-Men event. Not only have we gotten the best Charles Xavier story in years, but Mike Carey has been able to keep other important characters in the X-Universe in the forefront as well; propelling each one forward. Case in point: Charles confronts his stepbrother, Cain Marko, who we find out has turned back to the dark side of the law. This issue actually centers more on The Juggernaut than it does Charles as the “evil” mutant spitefully explains why he has gone back to his former self. He then proceeds to beat the crap out of Charles and brings the house down around him. In a beautiful twist, though, we discover that the entire conversation has been played out in Cain’s mind as he was sleeping. This actually puts the two rivals back on original ground, and the way things have been going for our X-Men, it’s nice to know that perhaps a few things will stay the same. My Score: A-

 

Mort Finkleman Presents... Tales to Suffice #1talesofsuccice1.jpg
Giving credit where credit is due, my protector, gatherer, and friend at my LCS pointed this out to me this week. When I read the tag line: 32 pages of mind-blowing adequacy! I couldn’t resist. I’m really glad I did. This was a hilarious tongue-in-cheek look at comics. These are hard to do, at least well, but writer/artist Kenny Keil does just that. From the creation of Uncle Morty (a cross between Stan Lee and Hugh Heffner) up until the last story of The Red Atom (an average guy who becomes a superhero – well he would if he could leave his apartment), the humor in this is dead on. The best short story, however, has to be “Read at Your Own Risk”, which is a cautionary tale of what happens when one man with everything, picks up a comic one day and gets so drawn into the world of comics that by the end of it he’s actually stooped to spending his days writing... FAN FICTION! If you can find this, it’s worth the money. Fun and funny! What more can you ask for? My score: B+

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