What’s Next for the X-Men Franchise

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on March 21, 2017. Last week we wrote about how Fox Studios was creating a new model for their superhero franchise, the X-Men. (Sorry, not sorry, Fantastic Four) In the past year Fox has done some pretty impressive work both reinventing one of the oldest sets of superheroes […]

Advance Review: They’re Not Like Us #1 is Not Like Anything Else

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on December 15, 2014. “We’re not international criminals. We’re not famous super-terrorists. It’s true we want to tear down everything you’ve created and replace it. But it’s not because we’re monsters. It’s because we’re young and it’s our right.” Quentin Quire, New X-Men #137 (written by Grant Morrison) […]

Axis #6 is a Comic that Cares Only for Commerce

I took a long look at the first three issues of Avengers & X-Men: Axis at ComicBook.Com before deciding to take a break. The series is sectioned into three distinct parts and it was possible that the second part, “Inversion”, would grow beyond the flaws found in the first part, “The Red Supremacy”. It left behind the endless […]

Axis #3: Lots of Noise with Little Defintion

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 24, 2014. The first act of Avengers & X-Men: Axis, “The Red Supremacy” is complete. Although there’s still a lot of story in this mini-series left to be told, it’s a good point to stop and assess the event so far. In my reviews of Axis […]

REVIEW: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #2

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 16, 2014. Axis #2 is more of the same. There’s no significant difference between what happens here and in the first issue of the series. The Red Skull continues to be an overwhelming threat. Heroes continue to fall while attempting to combat his nefarious plan. The […]

REVIEW: Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on October 10, 2014. The term “event fatigue” explains a lot of the reasons why the first issue of Axis falls flat. It’s not that events are incapable of being exciting or interesting; they can be both. However, the staples of event comics: big stakes, giant villains, and […]

REVIEW: All-New X-Men #32

This article was originally published at ComicBook.Com on September 18, 2014. Brian Michael Bendis and Mahmud Asrar created an interesting challenge for themselves at the end of All-New X-Men #31. The five young X-Men who star in the series had all been placed in alternate locations and time periods. They had effectively split the comic […]

X-cellent New Books

Blast! It appears I’ll be out at least another $8 every month going forward. Yesterday, I finally tried “All-New X-Men” written by Brian Michael Bendis (New Avengers, Daredevil) and drawn by Stuart Immonen (NEXTWave) and just like everyone told me, it was a pretty, darn good read. I initially resisted the urge to purchase any of […]