fajrdrako: (Wolverine by Liefeld)

    Frankly, just kicking ass is not what X-Men is about, and, somewhere amidst the flying debris made out of money, the movies have lost their more meaningful way. - Zoe Chevat

You know I have loved the X-Men since that fateful day in 1963 when I read the first issue by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And then read it again, and again. I still have that comic. No, it is not in mint condition: no comic so read and loved as that one was ever could be.

The movies? Well, they have a few things going for them, most notably Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. (And if, in my heart of hearts, I still wish they'd made him look short, well, that's just me wishing for too much, right?) What else? Good production values. Great characters, though they really didn't make the most of them.

Now, there have been so many truly bad comic book movies in my life - I'm still trying to forget the nightmare that was Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, still blazing a trail of pain into my memory - that it's always a relief when one isn't embarrassing. So I am and was grateful for what I got, even if it wasn't what I really wanted. And hey, that first glimpse of Wolverine in the fighting cage... for that, I'll forgive anything. Well, not what they did to Rogue. But the rest.

Which all goes to say that until The Avengers and its related movies, I've felt that even the good movies didn't do justice to the comic books and the characters they were based on.

And when it comes to the comics, X-Men, which has been for decades my favourite superhero group, has lost it for me lately. Not that I'm not enjoying the storylines: A vs. X has been good reading, and I'm pretty much on the edge of my seat to see what will happen. (Not the destruction and death of Scott Summers! Oh, please, no!) But... what are the X-Men these days? They went from being a group of individual Marvel mutants from a school with a special agenda (to live in peace with humanity) to being... Well, first the unified remainder of the mutant race, and then several schismatic groups, and now... It remains to be seen what will become of X-Men after the current Phoenix war.

It wasn't that I was so attached to things the way they were. It was that I liked the group of protagonists we were dealing with, and their interactions. Any story is only as good as its writers and artists, and there are some fine writers and artists still on the X-Men stories. But it doesn't feel like X-Men to me, because the characters I have come to know and love - Scott, Emma, Rogue, Gambit, Storm, Xavier, Wolverine, Beast, Kitty Pryde, and so on - aren't interacting together. When we have a cast of 200 characters, my attention is just a little too scattered.

Wolverine as Headmaster just doesn't bridge the gap, for me. It's all a little too mind-boggling, and random new kids are hogging the story.

I want more coherence, more unity of storyline. In fact I'm getting it, short term, in A Vs. X, though with an even more expanded cast of characters, it's hardly a tight package. When it's over, what will we have?

Remains to be seen. I'm hoping for a status quo, that, whatever it becomes, doesn't change every few years.
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30 Days of Marvel: Day 28: Power you would most like to have

Wolverine’s: guaranteed long life and good health. Sounds about perfect to me.

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Remember Jubilee? She used to be a great kid. Turned up back in 1989 in X-Men as a smart'n'sassy Los Angeles teen mutant 'mall rat', which confused me a little because I'd never heard the term before. She teamed up with Wolverine a lot and they had some wild adventured, Batman and Robin style.

Of course I remember Jubilee well: I named a budgie after her. But the latest appearance of Jubilee, in Wolverine and Jubilee #1, had me alarmed. It isn't the same old Jubilee I knew and loved.

At least they're doing something with her.

Now Jubilee is a vampire... )

fajrdrako: ([Comics] - X-Men)

How would Daken have turned out if Wolverine raised him?? How are they going to play this? That Daken is inevitably doomed to a sociopathic life? Or he turns out to be an accountant whose favourite hobby is golf?

Or maybe it's that the family that kills together, stays together.

Really, I'm having trouble imagining Logan as a single parent regularly going to the PTA.

And while I'm talking about Daken again, I found an interesting paragraph from a review of the recent Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 by David Prepose at Newsarama:
...Where Way and Liu succeed is they don't just take Daken through the horror and the mud... They take him to all the beautiful people, as well. It's a bit of a soft reintroduction to the character after the duo's stellar first arc, but as the man says, there's a terrible beauty to Daken, thanks to his pheromone-emitting powers. Seeing him mill around with models and designers is a fairly unique method of getting him a new costume — but it allows Camuncoli to amp up the expressiveness. When Daken looks at you, eating a strawberry, watch out — the soft lines around his eyes have the making of a snarl just beneath.
That description makes me think of Desire in The Sandman, another beautiful, dangerous character:

    Desire: Have a grape.
    Dream: I do not want a grape.
    Desire: I can make you want a grape.

The chills up the back effect is the same with Daken.

fajrdrako: ([Daken])

Today I picked up from the library, and read, Wolverine Origins: Dark Reign, which reprints Wolverine Origins #31 - 36, dated Feb to Jun 2009. Six issues, each one featuring both Wolverine and Daken. Except for random panels online, I hadn't seen those two together before. This is the storyline in which Wolverine and Daken go after Romulus, Cyber, and the Muramasa Blade, a mystic sword forged from Wolverine's own blood.

Read more... )

fajrdrako: ([Comics] - X-Men)

I read Wolverine: Logan (Black and White edition) by Brian K. Vaughan and Eduardo Risso. If ever a comic had a redundant title, this is it.

The story turned out to be unusually moving. It's World War II; Logan is a prisoner in a Japanese prison camp, thrown together with an American named Lt. Warren. They escape. When Warren is about to shoot an innocent Japanese woman they encounter, Logan stops him, and they part ways. Logan goes home with the woman. Her home? Hiroshima.

The story has a lot of violence, but was also sweet and gentle. I really loved the Risso art.

fajrdrako: ([Comics] - X-Men)

Runaways: Rock Zombies by Terry Moore and Takeshi Miyazawa was fun. All the Terry Moore Runaway stories are. I was less charmed by the plot of the zombie story, but totally delighted by the characters.

What made the volume for me, though, was issue #10, in which Molly Hayes goes to visit the X-Men, who are hoping she will join them. "Can whoever is inside my head telling me to come to San Francisco please shut up now?" complains Moly, in her big-eared hat. "'Cuz it's giving me a really bad headache." Cyclops and Emma both have excuses for not showing Molly around, so Cyclops delegates the job to Wolverine. Wolverine and Molly don't get along. "Wolverine is a jerk!" screams Molly. "And he smells like beers. I want to go with the tall shiny metal guy. Or the cat monkey guy." But she's stuck with Wolverine.
Cyclops: What's he doing now?
Emma Frost: He's... he's actually visualizing disembowelling you. It's quite disturbing. And she's asking for ice cream.
The best moment is when Wolverine and Molly go to the Danger Room:
Molly: Well, that's the dumbest name ever. What's the dangerous part? Boredom?
Wolverine: It's not turned on, genius.
Molly: I knew that.
So then she gets the Danger Room programmed with pink butterflies and unicorns.

The climax of the story comes when a supervillain kidnaps Molly and Wolverine for revenge on Molly's parents, and, in a very well-written sequence, Wolverine and Molly end up as friends.

Terrific story.

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I read Wolverine: Evolution, Black and White Edition by Jeph Loebs and Simone Bianchi. Good art; interesting layouts.

I really like Jeph Loebs style with dialogue, though I was somewhat less impressed with story structure and plot. Basically, here, Wolverine fights Sabretooth, while fighting a parallel battle in his own mind regarding mysterious dreams or memories of wolf-men called The Lupine. And the fight takes him to Wakanda, where Storm is Queen.

Now, I like Storm. Her story is all over the place; I like her as a pairing with Wolverine (or Gambit, or Forge), but not so much with T'Challa, so I've been avoiding everything that has anything to do with her Wakandan marriage. This is the first glimpse I've had of it. T'Challa was as boring as always, but there was some nice African design on the panels he appeared in.

As with many graphic novels in the ongoing narrative of Marvel, nothing much gets resolved, and more questions are raised than answers.

Quote of the book: Captain America turns up. (In Africa? Well, why not?) Wolverine narrates:
Yeah, I know, you never expected him. Me either, if that matters.... But that's him, alright. The sentinel of liberty. Let freedom ring, flag boy.

fajrdrako: ([Comics] - X-Men)

I read Wolverine Origins: Born in Blood by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon.

The art put me off - lots of fighting, all very static, and most of the characters seemed to have the same face.

That being said, the story was rather interesting - with the flaw that nothing gets resolved, except that Wolverine gets even more angry and depressed. But at least now I know the origins of his son, and it's nice to know it's Silver Fox's kid. I liked the inclusion of Dum Dum Dugan (an old favourite from Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos days), and the secret voice on the phone directing the President, and the inclusion of Captain America - I liked the way Wolverine couldn't just cut him down, and Cap proves he can fight the toughest there is. I liked it that Cap calls Wolvie "punk", shades of Clint Eastwood, though I thought: "Shouldn't that be 'runt'?"

And I particularly liked the use of Emma Frost, prying (with a reasonable lack of success) into Wolverine's subconscious. Wolvie gives Scott Summers the only weapon that can kill him, with instructions to use it as necessary - cool. Very cool.

The story had too much violence for my tastes, but still had lots of interesting psychological material that further deepens Logan's tragic story.

fajrdrako: ([X-Men])

X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Lots of action, lots of movement, many close-ups of Hugh Jackman breathing heavily. Not a bad thing. It isn't the X-Men movie I really want - I'll never get that - but it was fun in many ways. They played fast and loose with the canon I know - but the comics have done that, too. What a feared most was that Gambit would be sleazy or evil. And he isn't.

I loved Gambit. Love the personality - even the plot background given, apparently eliminating the Sinister connection, but connection him to Stryker's similar mutant projects. I loved his acrobatics (and wanted more) and his coat and his staff and the use of his powers, especially the fiery playing cards fanning and zipping from his fingers. Dare I hope there'll be a Gambit movie one day?

Okay, there's a flaw... )

fajrdrako: ([Gambit])

Fanning my fannish excitement about the upcoming movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I was looking at screencaps of the trailer by [livejournal.com profile] mediocrechick. And I was thrilled to see this picture of Gambit... )

The stance, the motion, the staff, even the hair - perfect.


Feb. 23rd, 2009 08:49 am
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We all know that David Beckham is gorgeous and so is his wife, so it makes sense his kid would look good, but who'd have guessed what good taste he would have in superheroes?

He could dress up as anyone he likes. I like his choice. Good kid.

fajrdrako: ([X-Men])

So I went to look at the IMDb entry on the Wolverine: Origins movie. A few interesting tidbits... )

fajrdrako: ([X-Men])

I am in a state of fangirl glee: I just saw the trailer for the coming Wolverine movie. And it features Gambit. It hints at X-Men. We get Sabretooth, of course. It shows a number of people I ought to know or guess - but I can't tell which one is Deadpool. Who is the vampire at the end?

I'll have to see it to know, of course. But... Gambit and Wolverine! Even if the rest of the movie is terrible, we'll get Gambit at last. And Wolverine too.

I guess I should read Wolverine: Origins before seeing this.

Who is it that says, "Don't worry, we'll get him?" Is that Deadpool? Doesn't sound like Deadpool...

Another copy on YouTube.

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Title: Snikt
Characters: Jack, Wolverine
Challenge: Crossovers - Torchwood/X-Men
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine, no claims, all property of the BBC and Marvel Comics
Notes: Cross-posted to my LJ and tw100.

Snikt )

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