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BOOK OF THE WEEK: NEW X-MEN #31
Comic Review by:
Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Writer: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost,  Artist: Paco Medina

The ‘Nimrod’ arc ends this week with a double sized issue that puts the team thru it’s paces as they fight someone that is way out of their league. We see that Rockslide has saved the team and watch them in action as they attempt to find away to beat Nimrod. Kyle & Yost do a great time here showing the kids learn to become more than just kids. They create a tense tale that shows how anything can happen if you push yourself. We see here the potential that the newcomers have (especially Julian) and that suggests the second year for the team will be a great one. There are 2 epilogues here showing the fate of William Stryker and what the future holds for Nimrod (we get a reprise of his first appearance) along with a text page from the writing team thanking everyone for reading the book while telling us what to expect in their second year. Paco Medina does a great job on the issue and the title in general.

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MARVEL ROUND UP…
Wolverine: Origins #7 continues where we left off last issue. Wolverine has found Jubilee and his old friend Maverick but Omega Red showed up to make the reunion less than a happy one. Last week’s Wolverine special showed us what the Carbonadium Synthesizer was and how Maverick got it but here Omega Red comes to get it back to save him from dying. We what the unusual material does to Logan and the device used to remove parts of Logan’s memories as we still haven’t seen what will be done to save Logan’s son…Thunderbolts #107 begins the march towards the Warren Ellis/Mike Deodato run on the title while villains from all over the Marvel Universe deal with the fall out from the Grandmaster/Zemo interchange. The issue is action from start to ending with the expected cliffhanger to the next issue…Stan Lee Meets Doctor Strange has Stan hang with the Master of the Mystic Arts in a Stan written tale drawn by Alan Davis (as tongue in cheek as you can get) and an Impossible Man tale from Brian Bendis and Mark Bagley that has IM dropping into the Marvel Universe and notice all the changes. The classic tale included is a Stan/Barry Smith Doc Strange tale that has aged well…Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #17 is a well done story written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Kano that gives us an insight into the life of Ben Grimm…Annihilation #3 (of 6) contains many pages of destruction mixed with great interplay between the army involved in defeating the Wave. We see why Galactus had to be taken and what he is being used for as we learn that the Super-Skrull is far from dead. The word of what is happening spreads here, as things look very bad for the Universe…Uncanny X-Men #479 brings Billy Tan back to the book. We begin by looking in at the man needed to destroy the Phoenix, Korvus. His mission is set and he takes on the team but the outcome isn’t close to what we would expect. As the fight goes on the two Shi’ar passengers traveling with the team make their move and that will bring us to the next issue and the reappearance of Vulcan.

IMAGE ROUND UP…
A thin week this time around includes the initial issue of the Pirates of Coney Island (of 8 issues) and if you have a fascination for indy rock bands and small town life then you may care for this. I wasn’t drawn into the series at all…Samurai Detective #2 arrives and it is more of the same we saw last issue: shadows, swords, tense narration and coolness…Umbra #3 (of 3) arrives and I cant see this selling any better than the first tow. We get answers to what was behind all the Iceland based mystery but with less nudity and more aliens.

DC'S BOOK OF LAST WEEK…
This week’s book is Nightwing #125, the first issue by the new team of Marv Wolfman and Dan Jurgens. Wolfman will be around for at least a year but Jurgens may leave after the first arc. The issue has voice over narration by Dick Grayson, who is now living in New York and looking for a job. From the looks of this the arc will deal with the fact that Dick was supposed to die during Infinite Crisis while setting him up in his new environment. He has some hot female neighbors, no job prospects and a mystery about burning victims. The tone is much different from the Bruce Jones take on the character, which sold well at the start, but annoyed more fans as it continued. I think most of the hatred had to do with his lack of regular artists and the fact that Jones has lost most of the luster that returned to him when he came back from comic exile.
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