Jay & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 80

Weeks of April 6 and April 13, 2016:

In which Uncanny X-Men gets a new artist; Old Man Logan takes our breath away; All-New X-Men gives us the team-up we didn’t know we needed; and X-Men ’92 gets the villain we’ve been waiting for.

REVIEWED:

  • Uncanny X-Men #6 (00:59)
  • *Old Man Logan #4 (05:43)
  • All-New X-Men #8 (09:15)
  • X-Men ’92 #2 (12:49)

*Pick of the Week (18:26)


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8 comments

  1. Tetra says:

    I never would have figured Jay being a fan of Doctor Strange. I’ve never known Strange to wear shades?

  2. XMenXPert says:

    UXM #6 was really good. Turns out having competent art makes the writing far more enjoyable, too. But there was a lot of good stuff in it. I loved the stuff with Callisto. I like how Lashley drew her – very Paul Smith. And yeah, I do like how Bunn writes Xorn.

    Old Man Logan was great. Such gorgeous art from Sorrentino and Maiolo. I love it. Those two double-page spreads – the star and the maple leaf – were especially outstanding.

    ANXM was great. Strange’s cameo managed to avoid feeling forced and shoe-horned; Hopeless made it make sense. And Strange and Hank play off each other really well, with Hank getting really good character stuff. I miss Bagley, because Bagley, but Diaz is an excellent artist, so I don’t miss Bagley too much. I would be OK if Diaz took over art, though I do like Bagley more.

    X-Men ’92 – I think I figured out the two reasons I can’t get into this book. First, the writing feels more exaggerated than is my taste. Second, it feels too much like re-telling existing stories. The best part of the issue, for me, was the Alpha Red stuff, which was also the only truly original element. I think I would enjoy this series a lot more if the book did more original stuff, telling its own stories rather than just doing stories other people have already told. I would definitely be OK with Rogue punching a bear becoming a running thing in this book.

    Kitty! Kitty kitty kitty! That’s a cute kitty you have.

  3. Noni says:

    I enjoyed Alti Firmansyah way more this issue, I guess I’m just getting used to the transition from Star Lord & Kitty Pryde? Anyway, this comics not only delivered bear punching twice, but it was a vampire bear, vampire.bear. How could I not love this, it’s perfect.

    Answering you folks question about how someone not so deep into X-men continuity feels about the comic: well, I did not read X-men in the 90’s, I have a thin knowledge of the cartoon (only watched some episodes, and I adsorbed a lot of the pop culture osmosis). I can say that the first issue left me confused, and kinda bummed, but issue #2 felt way more entertaining because I feel like I’m piecing together who is who and what is going on, although it can still be a little bit confusing. Also the character interactions are great, and I feel like I’m being given the opportunity to be invested in characters that I would not otherwise, since I would not be seeking them directly. So I like it a lot!

    About All-New X-men: I would not mind if Diaz and Rosenberg were the new main artists of the book. I enjoy the current artist and colorist, but this issue left me wanting more from them.

  4. Jen Wolff says:

    Can Bella guest co-host the next time one of you is unavailable for reviews? Way better than that broom guy.

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