Welcome to Weekly Reads! It’s your little, weekly dose of comic book goodness that focuses on some aspect of my comic book reading!
We have a whole lot of X-Men this week, let’s get into it!
Don’t judge a book by its cover…
First, let me describe how I was positioned going into this read; I loved the X-Men Animated Series, and I hadn’t read the X-Men ’92 Secret Wars series. I had heard about it but didn’t think too much of it, but when I saw the cover of this book, I had to give it a read!
So far, I’m a little letdown. I was hoping for more nostalgia. There are some nods to the nineties throughout, and it was nice to see Omega Red, but the problem was the art doesn’t do anything to make me think 90’s. The thing that upset me the most was the introduction of (as far as I know) a new villain! How can a nostalgia book introduce a new character!? Maybe this book was just intended to be a new story set in a 90’s-esque universe? Will I stick with the series? Probably not. I hope it’s great, and I hope someone who reads it and loves it, that person just probably won’t be me.
Don’t mess with the Uncanny X-Men!
This series is starting to pick-up steam. There is a stark contrast developing between the Uncanny X-Men and the other versions of the team and this issue shows off just how savage the Magneto lead team can be. If you’re a fan of Magneto, this book is for you, as we are starting to see how much of a strategic mastermind he is. However, there is a distrust growing between Magneto and his team; it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Mystique and Fantomex are off doing their secret mission which is backed by the Hellfire Club. We don’t know much about it now, but I have a feeling we’re going to find out more about that next issue!
I never knew a story centered around Toad could be so good!
Hopeless is doing such an awesome job of developing these characters! Wow. I am wrapped up in them all. Beast and his insecurities surrounding whether his intelligence has any value, Cyclops struggling to free himself from the clothes of Toad (man, oh man is that intense!). The way Toad’s story unfolds in this issue is heart wrenching. Hopeless’ words and Bagley’s art are so powerful in portraying Toad’s complete and utter hopelessness and loneliness. I can’t believe they made a story with Toad some damn emotionally impactful! This issue just keeps getting better and better the more I think about it. This issue stands on its own, check it out now!