This week’s comics include, brainwashing, kids killing kids, literal hero worship, the savage land, and one of the best first issues I’ve read in a while!
More below the cut:
Avengers Arena #4
Dennis Hopeless, Alessandro Vitti, Dave Johnson
This issue was billed as The Runaways vs. Avengers Academy, which is technically accurate, though Dark Hawk is featured on the cover, and belongs to neither super-powered youth team. A mantle is passed along, and another kid on Arcade’s death island is “killed” (because it’s all going to be a computer simulation or something at the end, and we all know it.).
Crossed Badlands #23
David Lapham, Miguel Garrido, Gianluca Pagliarani
Amanda survived Lorre, of Crossed: Psychopath storyline, only to be adopted by some seriously messed up LARP nerds, or something. Crossed is still violent, gory, sexual, and fucked up, so, keep reading (or not reading, if that’s not your thing).
Fantastic Four #4
Matt Fraction, Mark Bagley
This comic has to contain the most elaborate setup ever to give a mother a break, as Reed Richards buttfucks the Prime Directive to get Sue a day off. Seems like he might explain the nature of the family vacation through the universe to her soon, which would be nice, because this whole secret motive thing is getting a little boring.
Secret Avengers #1
Nick Spencer, Luke Ross, Tomm Coker
This is the relaunch of Secret Avengers, and features that guy who isn’t Nick Fury, Agent Coulson, Black Widow, and Hawkeye (or HawkGuy, if you prefer). B-Dubs and Clint are off on some secret mission, which is actually just a test of some new nanite macguffin, which is being used to Manchurian Candidate our Secret Avengers into doing some shady S.H.I.E.L.D. business, Secret Wars style. I guess even if he’s not the real deal Nick Fury, it’s nice to see him adapting to the role well, the manipulative bastard that he is.
Uncanny X-Men #1
Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo
This is the “true flagship” of the X-Men books, and it’s relaunching with a bang. Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are wanted criminals, mutant terrorists out to save kids discovering their powers all over the world, while being hunted by sentinels and anti-mutant militias and such. Scott Summers has his own little Brotherhood of Evil Mutants thing going on, and it’s very entertaining.
The comic starts with someone spilling the beans to S.H.I.E.L.D. on Cyclops’ activities, and offering him up on a platter. Who? What a twist!
Wolverine and the X-Men #25
Jason Aaron, Ramon K. Perez
Wolverine takes all the weak links, problem students, and newbs in the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning on a field trip to the Savage Land, and Wolverine’s old (one might say the oldest) foe, his brother Dog, is introduced as a villain. It seems a little one dimensional, but we’re being promised “big and exciting things.” Time will tell.
Seth Peck, Jefte Palo, Adam Kubert
Blah blah blah, wrap up, blah blah blah, meh.