It’s and eat or be eaten, whether you’re homo neanderthalensis or homo sapiens superior. Don’t blink, food your mogwai after midnight, and don’t forget that the enemy is in your own mind as we extoll the virtues of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men!
Title: New X-Men Vol. 1
Author: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 28, 2008
I fucking love Xorn. Xorn is awesome, and I will fight you if you disagree. Yes terrible, strange, and confusing things happened to Xorn following the end of Morrison’s run on New X-Men but I want to forget about that and just remember how fucking likable and awesome Xorn the healer is. Morrison writes likeable outcasts better than almost anyone writing comics today. I suppose that is why Xorn works, both at the beginning and end of this arc. I love Xorn, so his betrayals, his compassion, and all his choices really hit home. We really liked this book! You should buy it! [Xorn has maybe 6 lines of dialogue in this entire book. -L]
The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Albuquerque locals A Hawk and a Hacksaw– “Hora Pa Bataie”, and Candlegravity – “Wanting Some”. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai Andrews.
Why does everyone always give Galactus such a hard time? He is just a working stiff, trying to provide for himself and his ‘children.’ Silver chrome isn’t free you know?
Title: New Avengers #4
Author: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Steve Epting
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: 3/20/2013
I’m going to spoil New Avengers #1-3 in my review of #4, so if you haven’t read it and you want to, go and get it and then come back.
So Cap is out of the picture now and The Beast is in, because the Science Cabal does not have any patience for non-scientists gumming up the works and when you are having a moral dilemma sucker-punching and mind-whipping Cap is always a good plan. Namor should probably be watching his back.
Not much is actually happening in each issue of New Avengers. It really feels to me like Hickman and Epting thought up a set piece for each issue and then sat down and wrote a plot that would allow them to use all their awesome set pieces. The set pieces are always awesome, though. Captain America using the Infinity Gauntlet to push back a second earth narrowly avoiding an inter-dimensional collusion with ours. Black Panther and his Science Teen Force fight to save a world from being destroyed. An alternate universe herald of Galatcus tells us what Galactus is for. I suppose its unfair to say not much happens. Exactly one thing happens in each issue of Hickman’s New Avengers, and that thing is awesome!
I have my problems with the pacing of this book, obviously, but the art and content matter more than make up for it. If you liked Hickman’s FF/Fantastic Four run, or if you just think Space Operas just need some of the spandex set to be really awesome you should start reading this book.