Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 62

Week of November 11, 2015:


In which Laura Kinney is our Wolverine and everyone else is a pale pretender; Secret Wars continues to be shockingly excellent; and you should seriously go read All-New Wolverine #1 RIGHT NOW.

REVIEWED:

  • All-New Wolverine #1 (00:26)
  • Secret Wars #7 (05:24)

*Pick of the Week (09:44)

Here’s the Erica Henderson drawing we referenced in the All-New Wolverine review: http://ericafailsatlife.tumblr.com/po…


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12 comments

  1. Comic Noobs says:

    Holy shit I totally agree with J that this Wolverine is… well they said it better than I could. Secret Wars 7 was so incredible but SO short for the 6 week wait after #6. Loving Secret Convergence too! Keep on rocking, you two!

  2. pawpaw5771 says:

    Glad you both survived the murder washer!

    It’s fun seeing you guys so excited about a review. I was really pleased with both books this week too, and it seems the enthusiasm for All-New Wolverine is pretty widespread in the online circles I travel. It feels a lot better to me to have such a strong start to a series compared to the tentative ground Extraordinary established in it’s #1 issue.

    And oh yes, #SCOIP has been a blast to listen to and I’m glad that Jay is through the worst of the recording demands (at least I think so?) Enjoy the Saturday off when it comes up!

  3. Armaan says:

    Tom Taylor is fantastic. FanTASTIC. I wasn’t planning on reading this series originally – because Wolverine as a solo character has never interested me that much and I figured Laura would just be more of the same, but the second I saw Tom Taylor was on the book, I was sold…and got a LOT more than I expected.
    Like, she’s always been a character I’ve liked, and enjoyed, but now I unequivocally LOVE her as a character. I love that smiling confidence, I love the way she owns not just the legacy but her OWN tortured past. And her Angel-relationship – none of that, “Oh, I was raised as a weapon, what do I know of love, awkwardy awkwardness” but just, that moment with the “Psh, I just took down flying drones at the Eiffel Tower, I can handle public displays of affection” is just fantastic.
    If you’re a fan of Batman and Superman at all, then Injustice: Gods Among Us, Year One is VERY MUCH worth a read. The costumes are terrible and it’s a video game tie in but none of that matters because the way Tom Taylor writes characters I’ve loved for so long(his Flash-focused Injustice issue come to mind) with such obvious respect, love and just.. excellent excellent characterization.. It’s like he figures out what makes a certain character work, what makes them loved, and then shows that off REALLY really effectively.
    This was a really great issue.

  4. Ashley says:

    Laura kinney is one of my absolute favorite characters in comics, so I am SO glad that people are enjoying her series as much as I am! I was feeling uncertain going in because of a lot of discussion on tumblr saying that taking the wolverine mantle was a step back for Laura, but your description hit every reason why I was thinking that it was a step forward.

  5. Kelvin says:

    Now you KNOW there’s gonna be Old Man Kitten fan art out there somewhere. You guys are ridiculous. I love it!
    It IS good to see Laura has inherited Logan’s ability to exist at multiple books across the MU every month. I was worried…

    • David Katzin says:

      Also, there’s also a chance that it’s an Apocalypse from a *different* AoA. The Battlefront AoA is a distinctly different timeline than the one that we were all amazed by back in the day (I’m not factoring subsequent revisitations in that appraisal). It’s a lot like Years Of Future Past. Yes, it shares a lot of commonality with the original idea, but there is enough deviation that I think it probably came from a different multiversal designation.

  6. david page says:

    Loved your podcast and videos…have now patreoned.

    Err one issue that took me out of secret wars 7 was apocalypse….thats clearly aoa apocalypse…but didn’t he die in aoa 4?

    • Armaan says:

      There’s no reason there can’t be more than one Apocalypse on Battleworld. There’s a similar problem with the Maestro, unless you also take the “Eh, it’s Battleworld” view of things.

      • Keran says:

        Yeah, but it’s specifically the Baron Apocalypse, and there was ever only one (at the time of the events of the crossover at least).

        • Andrew says:

          I agree it’s weird, but perhaps he status quo of AoA is restored after the last panel of AoA 5? Similar to what happened in Inhumans: Attilan Rising (I.e. and Doing my best to minimize spoilers: God Doom is God and can just intervene and reshape the Domain as he sees fit).

    • Sam Williams says:

      That bothered me too. Also, Maestro wasn’t killed but he was put out of commission pretty definitively at the end of Future Imperfect. I guess they’re not worrying about matching all the side comics up with the main book, which I guess allows greater artistic freedom for the readers but it’s definitely jarring if you’re reading a lot of the books.

  7. David Katzin says:

    I don’t think any of your silly left brain vs left brain side conversations has ever given me as many thoughts (or regrets that I can’t draw) quite like Old Man Kitten.

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