All posts tagged: Marvel comics

‘X of Swords’ Chapters 9 and 10

It’s Wednesday so we have new X of Swords chapters! Unlike previous weeks we are only getting two installments this time around; Excalibur and X-Men issues #13 respetively. Excalibur: Ok, so no secret this is not my favorite book in the lineup; something about mutants and magic that have never mixed with me. I’m aware of the irony as this whole event seems to use magic as its base. However, Hickman and company have done a decent job at laying out their characters and plot so I’ve stuck around! The art in this book was superb! I really took my time going through the pages taking in the beautiful panels as well as the new reveals. Starlight Sword: I was correct! In a previous article breaking down the swords for the Krakoa champions I assumed that the Starlight Sword would go to Betsy Braddock. Out of all the blades this one is a close second next to Skybreaker for me. The design is badass and next to the new Captain Britain uniform it’s just- chef’s …

‘X of Swords’ Chapters 6-8 Review

Another week so another set of X of Swords chapters. Last week felt more straight forward where this time around we had three unique narrative paths. There’s nothing too big from this bulk so let’s just get into it. Hellions: I wasn’t excited for this book in the slightest, but the writing is on point in this thing; a group of murderous mutants written like an HBO comedy is just- chef’s kiss* In this chapter we got sassy Sinister leading the charge. He presents a strategy to the quiet council to sneak into Arrako and steal the enemy swords before they can get to the tournament; this is obviously not going to work. This is indeed a suicide mission and I don’t see how any of these characters are going to get out alive; at least not all of them. It’s curious as to how Sinister is participating in resurrection protocols but at the same time isn’t? There are mutliple copies of himself hidden in his base and has more than one active at the …

‘X of Swords’ Chapters 3-5

Hello fellow nerds! It’s another week which means another round of X of Swords chapters! Lucky for us we have three installments this time around; Wolverine #6, X-Force #13, and Marauders #13. As predicted, it seems like the first half of chapters (1-11) will focus on laying the groundwork for this ‘mutant mortal kombat;’ The ten champions of Krakoa need to go out and find their swords and return to the enchanted circle made from Rockslide’s remains. Our story continued this week with a focus on two MVP X-Men- Wolverine and Storm. 1: Solem- Wolverine got himself a two-parter! Starting in his solo title we see him begin his aggressive hunt for the unhinged Muramasa and his soul infused katana blades. The hunt takes our hero to, you guessed it, the infernal pits of hell! Seeing the demonic action, the Hand, and all the supernatural elements didn’t really catch my interest. Again, I love magic within fiction but it’s not my main pull when it comes to the X-Men. However, the two-part chapters did provide …

X-Factor #4/ X of Swords Chapter 2; Prophecy of Swords and Consequences of Otherworld

Alright, right off the bat I have to say this dense twenty-two chapter crossover event did not have me excited. I trust in Hickman, but I was aware that this would dive into the magical elements introduced in Excalibur (not my favorite book) and I was overall, eh. X of Swords Creation #1 was THICK. After reading it over a couple of times I think I understand what’s going on; still wasn’t totally sold on it. X-Factor #4 (aka X of Swords Chapter 2) however… Hickman you have me ensnared once again! The Tournament Has Consequence: I appreciated how this chapter picks up just moments after the conclusion of X of Swords Creation #1. Rockslide is dead. It didn’t have much of an impact on me in chapter one because I, like many, just thought- “Five! Fire up the eggs!” Then this issue threw us our first curve ball… It turns out that if one dies in Otherworld they cannot be properly resurrected. Since Otherworld serves as some kind of nexus between all realities to …

‘The New Mutants’ Being Left Out to Die

Many of us have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Josh Boone’s The New Mutants to finally release. However, we had no idea it would be like this… A theatrical date was finally scheduled for August 28 but it was assumed that New Mutants, like many other films, would continue to get postponed due to Covid-19. Nope. Unlike Mulan, Tenet, Black Widow, and Wonder Woman 1984 Boone’s film is being made to walk the box office plank as no adjustments were made to it’s release just a few days away. Not only will the movie have an awkward debut that many won’t be able to attend/will be unwilling to attend but it has been stated that some critics have not even had the chance to prescreen the film to provide reviews… What the hell? Clearly, Disney is trying to take Covid-19 as a blessing as it’s allowing them to release this movie with no prospects for success. Why this is a positive for the studio is because it allows them to get rid of the …

ALL X-Titles Thus Far and Beyond

I am a huge Hickman fan. I absolutely loved the HOX/POX miniseries we got last year. I have been enjoying the majority, but certainly not all, of the Dawn of X titles that we have been getting. With 2020 upon us it seems we’ve had announcement after announcement after announcement for new titles! Having trouble keeping up with what is coming out and when, I figured I would go ahead and address the status of the current titles and what we can expect coming up. 1: X-Force: This is one of, if not THE book, that feels like the greatest direct sequel to the HOX/POX material we got last year. It’s dark, well written, and #5 did not disappoint. I’ve said it before, I’m not a huge X-Force guy but this book really delivers. I’m hoping for Colossus to get well soon so he can join in on the action, and especially need Jean to get out of that damn groovy dress; this is X-Force not the Brady Bunch. 2: New Mutants: It dipped there for a …

Wolverine Should Enter the MCU the Comics Way

We have little details regarding when we can expect the mutants to join the MCU. It was recently corrected that Disney does NOT see The New Mutants as part of their cinematic universe. However, should the film exceed expectations at the box office then I’m sure that’s nothing a little reality manipulation can’t fix that. If we are doing a clean reboot though, what does that look like? I’m a part of the camp that believes the X-Men should be as comic book accurate as possible. By this I mean the first film, or series, should focus on the original five members; Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. Are they all fan favorites? No. Yet as I’ve said on many occasions, if the MCU can make Guardians of the Galaxy work then there is little to no reason the original five can’t win over the casual comic and movie fan as well. When it comes to actual favorites such as Storm and Wolverine, I think their level of fandom has earned them a space …

‘New Mutants’ Trailer REACTION

After two years we FINALLY have a new trailer for The New Mutants! Better than the first? Sure! Enough to get people to theaters? Let’s break it down! Catches the Spirit: Right off the bat I have to say that the trailer seems to catch the spirit of what makes the New Mutants special; at least what made them special back in the day starting with issue #18, the Demon Bear Saga, and the introduction of Bill Sienkiewicz’s art. There’s a creepiness to it, a grit, and the choice to use Pink Floyd in the trailer is a cherry on top of the cake. The New Mutants comic was able to connect horror elements into the superhero genre and it worked! I can’t tell from this trailer if the film will have the same success in this medium… I’m personally not a horror fan. I don’t mind some suspense and eerie aesthetics, but if that is the limit of it I would personally be fine with it.     Sunspot Issue: This will likely get …

‘Moon Knight’ to Feature Two Marvel Horror Characters; Is the MCU Embracing Fear?

Moon Knight is one of the many upcoming Marvel shows that will make its debut over on Disney+. Though an official release date (nor cast) has been confirmed at this time, we are receiving information regarding what characters we might have the chance to meet. In latest news it seems that both Dracula (yeah, that guy) and Werewolf by Night are set to appear in this upcoming Marvel show! Um, ok! Let’s talk about that! Something catching my eye is just how much the concept of “horror” seems to continue popping up within future Marvel projects. We have confirmed that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be the first official horror movie within the MCU. WandaVision, another series slated to premiere on Disney+, will incorporate horror elements as Wanda and Vision navigate an alternate reality. Then most recently we received news that the lone remaining Fox film, The New Mutants, will indeed move ahead with its April 3 release this year and will have a new trailer on January 6; if you didn’t already know, …

‘WandaVision’ Now Set to Release in 2020; Are X-Men Closer Than We Think?

As of January 1, 2020 the upcoming Marvel original series for Disney+, WandaVision, will no longer premiere in Spring 2021, as originally intended, but will rather air THIS year, 2020. Why the change? Well, it wasn’t too long ago we received confirmation that not only will The New Mutants commit to its (once again) rescheduled April 3, 2020 release but that the film would receive a brand new trailer due out January 6. Let’s not forget that Wanda, the Scarlet Witch, was originally a reality warping mutant. Though recent comics have labeled her as the “pretender,” it wouldn’t be crazy to assume that something involved in this new series (which has already confirmed houses the two leads in an alternate reality) could shift something in the MCU cosmos to open the door, or at least crack it a bit, to introduce the X-Men. WandaVision seems intended to house some horror elements in its new approach. With New Mutants and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness confirmed to bring on the horror, and Elizabeth Olsen guaranteed …