Maybe I should rename this Zombie Watch!
Blackest Night: Superman #2 was a disappointment to me, and it looks like the entire mini is to be composed of one fight, unlike say the Titans tie in, which really moved the story forward. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable enough, just sadly lacking in anything except battle. It did justify itself however with the closing scene, where Ma Kent inexplicably turns into the woman from the Night Of The Living Dead remake.
Marvel Zombies #4 however was a treat, especially considering the lacklustre performance of the previous issues. Despite the apparent difference in time between the issues (Spidey at school one minute, then we jump to World War Hulk?), now we are seeing some action. I only hope Spidey-Zombie has some plan, and has created some form of cure in the intervening years, as it is pretty obvious he hasn’t infected the world with the plague.
Project Superpowers Chapter Two #3, featuring the new duo of Truth and Dare seemed disjointed, it was difficult to quite tell what was going on, but it contained some great reveals. It doesn’t like this new duo will last very long, and this is not a jumping on issue at all. If you want to give it a try, go and read the trades first. As with any good series, the reveals create more questions than answers, but these reveals were not answers to questions I had even thought of asking, there was no sense of satisfaction with them. Still, am I mistaken, or are there two Kittens?
My favourite so far has to be the Uncanny X-Men #515. In the wake of the ‘victory’ of the Utopia X crossover, Cyclops has to try on a new role, that of statesman, and already the wear is showing. Emma is no use, having to remain in diamond form to contain a sliver of the Void, she has lost what little access to her emotions she had in the first place. Xavier whines and butts heads with Scott again, and in the meantime there is an island full of mouths to feed. Namor, in his traditional brusque fashion adds a dose of reality to Scotts ‘Cabinet’.
The X-Men do seem to have gotten too big. I never thought I would say this, but oh for the days following the Muir Isle Saga, when there was five separate mutant teams, rather than just one large tribe. Some of the more minor characters are not going to get the attention they deserve, even if story wise the whole thing makes sense. Maybe they should start doing 8-page back up strips?
Still, the one thing I liked about Utopia-X? Ariel, from the Fallen Angels mini-series is back, and in the X-fold. I hope we see more of her, and of Cloak and Dagger, who were conspicuously absent.
Nation-X promises to be one of the best directions of the X-Men for a long time. It may only have been made possible by the Dark Reign, but purely on the basis of the last few issues, I think it far outshines it.
For the first time in years, I am X-cited again! Oh, and not to give any spoilers in case you haven’t read it, but guess who turns up on the last page? The more things change…..