Review – X-Men Legacy #268 (AVX)

Writer: Christos Gage
Pencils: David Baldeon
Inks: Jordi Tarragona
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Mark Brooks
Published by: Marvel Comics

If you haven’t caught the latest AVX this is going to be a bit of a mess as it takes place right after those events. If you are current then lets jump into the fray.

The Phoenix Force has chosen 5 hosts for the moment, the chosen ones moving to remake the world in their personal vision for humanity or living creatures in general. We See a glimpse of the immense power as Cyclops touches down in a war-torn region and slams down authority on a feud running for over a quarter century. In a brief moment he disarms the factions and flexes the might of the Phoenix to all in his path to show ultimate power in the situation, within seconds it’s established that War is outlawed under their watch.

The rest of the comic takes a lighter tone though as Frenzy is the heart of the story along with the trio of Celeste, Irma and Phoebe playing backup to the mission. The 5 hosts are out shaping the world in an instant and the rest of the team has to work around it to make sure all the loose ends are tied up too, it’s just that Frenzy is a bit more vocal about the situation compared to the others especially given the methods they’re using to execute it. We see some of her past conflicts come to light and also see her beliefs in building strength and growing from the environment no matter how bad it is for them.  It’s a unique break in the story that speaks to her rough life domestically and in her own gender and condition, seeing it shine through to others helps break the tension and allow her to rise above to help those impacted similarly.

For anyone hoping to see tons of action from the new X-Men hosts it’s a short-lived run, we get a few pages but the rest largely revolves around Frenzy as she takes on her mission and tries her best to get the heck out of there as fast as she can just from a pure distaste for the war and behavior going on.


Review – Spider-Men #1

Jim Cheung cover

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Jim Cheung
Variant Covers : Sara Pichelli, Mark Bagley, & Humberto Ramos

Spider-Men is combination of the two worlds (Marvel 616, Ultimate) or should I say Universes and there respective Spider-Man’s together in this nice debut of Spider-men #1 , Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli team up the two Spidey’s in five 5 part series which promises to continue the same quirky humor the Ultimate series..

Spider- Men #1 starts in the point of view Pater Parker who you see swinging around New York City,He express’s his love of city in nice opening monologue. Bendis flows the character smoothly with a healthy dose of jokes while still keeping the monologue light. As a first issue I wasn’t expecting much to happened in the action department but more towards to development of the story, the little events that do occur are nothing the reader would be surprised of, But like I said didn’t expect much in a first issue only a bit of story development, I will say the ending sets up nicely for issue #2 and the potential it has to open up the story alittle more.

The plot is predictable and thin only because Bendis is setting up for thematic like events later on which begin to take shape in Spider-Men #2, With everything that has happened to Peter Parker and all things that transpire during the Ultimate series I’m eager to see how Bendis is going to establish Peter Parker in this world, and what effects he could possibly bring to the story once he and Miles Morales meet. You can say the same thing for Miles Morales how will meeting Peter Parker the man that inspired him to take on the title of Spider-Man effect him, there endless possibilities for this story. Bendis plans to establish the character first before jumping right in so new fans will able to catch on quickly.

Artist Sara Pichelli who has contribute her talents in the past Spider-Man (Ultimate Spider-Man) does a wonderful job detailing the cityscapes and the facial emotion and body language of the characters her Illustrations visibly brings all the humor and action to light, as fan of work I think she matches perfectly with Bendis.

In the end I highly recomend fans to give Spider-Men #1 and try, It doesn’t jump out at you in the beginning but it does have the potential of some decisive moments that could change the worlds of both men..