eXaminations

Now that the work schedule is starting to balance out, I think I’ll be able to pick up my comics on a more regular (as in not monthly) basis.  Of course, the week I get to that pace, Marvel decides to put out only one X-book and why not?  It’s not like there’s a MEGA EVENT going on every other week.  Why bother covering your down time with books that might tide the fans over?

Am I on a rant?  I’m on a rant.

Anyway, this week we’ve got:

  • Uncanny X-Men #10 in which the Avengers and X-Men team up to fight the big Unit (yuk yuk).

And that’s it.  Let’s begin.

Uncanny X-Men #10
If you recall, Uncanny is taking a moment to have an Avengers team-up before the big AvX event, but Marvel scheduling slapped the thing right in between the first two issues of the event (second and third if you count issue #0, which I don’t).  This isn’t your typical team up as in ‘all the characters fight together in the story’ but rather the problem is so big both the teams are working on it.  Thus, the X-Men have the freedom to bail on the Avengers to go save Hope without the big awkward explanation.

And there’s your point for this team up.  You are establishing the understanding between the two teams that the X-Men are no longer the “save the world” heroes (they never really were) like the Avengers are, and are more focused to take care of their own.  It gives better insight into why Cyclops and Captain America were so willing to drop the gloves and go at each other in AvX #1.  It’s just a shame this issue didn’t come out first like it should have.

You also have the recapturing of Unit, the floating thumb drive who is as remarkably polite as he is vicious.  It’s hard not to like the guy, despite all of his vicious acts.  You know whatever he has in store for Hope can’t be good, but you don’t exactly want him getting destroyed either.  He’s a neat character.

Pretty good story, just strange that it’s still not done despite the crossover now being underway.
Next Week

  • Avengers vs. X-Men #2 (of 12)continues the Mega Event.
  • New Mutants #41 has Blink on the cover, if that says anything.
  • Uncanny X-Force #24 finally moves past Otherworld.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men #9 deals with the Mega Event.
  • X-Factor #234 has Madrox meeting his replacements on the team.
  • X-Men #27 wraps up the Jubilee vampire story.

Kind of makes you wish they had put one of these out on the down week, huh?

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