Uncanny X-Men 1 review

It’s been a while since we’ve had a series titled Uncanny X-Men, and even when we last had that, it wasn’t the flagship X-Men series. In the meantime, it’s easy to feel that the X-Men franchise has become overly large and bloated, with no real sense of direction since Avengers vs. X-Men. That’s not to say there haven’t been good runs. Brian Michael Bendis’s run on All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men was good, even if it generally focused more on characters than story. There have been some great X-Men solo titles and a handful of brilliant minis here and there. But with today’s (well … yesterday’s) release of Uncanny X-Men 1, it feels like the franchise is finally trying to return to the basics.

First off, Uncanny X-Men 1 is a massive project of a book. For $8, you’ve got 60 pages of story, divided evenly between the main story, and a collection of three backup stories that ultimately flow into one narrative. Considering most comics are $4 for 20 pages these days, that’s a pretty good deal. The main story features three writers sharing writing duty: Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg and Kelly Thompson. Each of these writers also handle one of the backup stories in turn, with Thompson also penning the epilogue. For the sake of simplicity for this review, I’ll just talk about both halves of this comic as one. Also because it’s such a long book, this review will be longer than normal.

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Comics of November 14, 2018 + RIP Stan Lee

Allow me to start this post off by mentioning a sad bit of news that happened a couple days ago. Stan Lee passed away on Monday. The very man who, along with Jack Kirby, pretty much kick started the Marvel Universe. He created Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four, and with it he launched the Marvel Universe as we know it today. He brought Thor into the Marvel Universe. He brought Captain America back from being frozen in ice. He created Spider-Man. He created The Incredible Hulk, and even created my favourite member of the hulk family, She-Hulk, in the last 70’s. He assembled the team of superheroes known as The Avengers. Most importantly for me, he created my favourite superhero franchise, the X-Men.

Even into his 90’s he still kept himself busy. He appeared in conventions across North America until only a few years ago. He often uploaded amusing videos on the internet. He was clearly passionate about his fans. I’ll miss his cameos in MCU movies. It’s possible he’s got a few more already filmed anyway, but I’ll miss them when they end. The world just lost another living legend. That’s all I have to say really.

Anyway, the comics I picked up this week include Uncanny X-Men 1, Fantastic Four 3, Captain America 5, Thor 7, Avengers 10 and Supergirl 24. Here are my first impressions. Since I have tomorrow booked off of work, I’ll probably write a review for Uncanny X-Men 1 after work. That said, with several longer comics than normal today (Avengers 10 happens to be the 700th issue if you add all the main Avengers comics together), I definitely won’t be writing it before work.

Uncanny X-Men 1 review

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Comics of November 7, 2018, plus NaNoWriMo update

We’re one week into this year’s NaNoWriMo, and it’s going well for me so far despite the fact that I’ve got a lot less free time thanks to my new job. I’m actually on track to winning tonight. I only need just over 2,000 words more. That’s less than one average chapter, and I tend to write multiple chapters per day, averaging between 5,000 and 6,000 words on days that I’m working. But because it’s NaNoWriMo, I most likely won’t be posting any full reviews. I could use an easy day to give my brain a break.

The comics I picked up this week include X-23 6, Deadpool 6, X-Men Red 10 and Star Wars 56. I intended to also pick up Witchblade 9, but my store ran out of it. Here are my first impressions, and if I post a review, the link will be added below.

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Comics of October 31, 2018 and NaNoWriMo update

Happy Halloween everyone.

I’m writing this post for two reasons. One, I picked up two new comics today, in addition to a couple back issues of Captain America. Two, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. As such, while I usually write full reviews for comics I pick up when I’m on mornings at work, I’m not doing that today. I actually booked my very first day off from work tomorrow, and I’ll be using it to get a good head start. Going to nap shortly after I read the Captain America comics, and I’ll wake up shortly before midnight to write a chapter or two. That’s how I roll.

The first book I’m writing this year is a sequel to the cyborg novel I wrote from last year. In the first book, the main character is an escaped experimental cyborg. He was built from a now cancelled military program that continued in the underground, and once he discovers that it’s been continued, he works to shut it down, to prevent others from suffering the way he did. In the second book, he must take down a fellow escaped cyborg who’s become a terrorist. I’ve got ideas for three other books, and I may choose one of them as a second project as I’m writing the first. Or I might instead edit a novel or two, and count the word difference between the first and second drafts, as well as around 30% of the original draft’s word counts.

Anyway, I picked up Extermination 4 and West Coast Avengers 3. Here are my first impressions.

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Novel review – Magic Triumphs

It’s been a while since I’ve touched on this book series. In fact it’s been a while since I’ve found the time to read any novel because of my new job. It doesn’t help that I’m falling behind on comics. But with NaNoWriMo less than a week away, reading a novel is part of my warm up. I’m glad to finally finish this series after the first entry is one of the books that helped me get back into reading books in the first place. The previous entry released in September of 2016, and this one released earlier this year. As much as I wanted to pick this up when it released, the delay, in addition to my new job, caused me to lose track of its release.

Magic Triumphs, the tenth and final book in the Kate Daniels series, concludes the urban fantasy story by husband and wife writing team under the pseudonym, Ilona Andrews (Gordon and Ilona Andrews). Well, officially it’s called an Urban Fantasy, but I’d sooner describe it as somewhere between straight fantasy, dark fantasy and one could even refer to the series as a whole as epic fantasy. Obviously because this is the final book in the series, there will be some spoilers for earlier entries. In case you don’t want those, I’ll link to my reviews of the first three books below, and then you can skip the next two paragraphs.

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Comics of October 24, 2018

I am so looking forward to next month from a comics perspective, and not just for NaNoWriMo. I’m barely picking up anything lately, and there are multiple reasons for that. One, I don’t like the general direction that Superman is going under Brian Michael Bendis’s writing. Two, the X-Men books are currently in a form of limbo while waiting for the relaunch of Uncanny next month. Three, several titles I’ve been reading just ended earlier this month. That leaves me with two comics to pick up today, and nothing on next week’s pull list.

Anyway, I picked up X-Men Red 9 and the Red Sonja Halloween Special today. I also picked up the first issue of the current Captain America series, partly because I’ve heard it’s good, and partly because if I like it, I’ll have the rest of the issues up to this point to pick up next week. Because Captain America 1 is several months old though, I won’t be looking at it in this post. Anyway here are my first impressions.

X-Men Red 9 is good. This issue focuses mostly on Jean Grey trying to rescue Rachel Gray from Cassandra Nova’s control. There are several nice moments with the other team members offering help, even though Jean is insistent on doing this alone. One particular moment shows that Gabby of all people may understand what Jean’s gone through more than most. Jean’s plan is also quite clever. The quality in this series goes up and down a bit, but this particular issue is an easy recommendation for Jean Grey fans. That said, I’m not enjoying this series nearly as much as I thought I would, and there are multiple reasons for that which I don’t have space time to explain in this paragraph.

The Red Sonja Halloween Special is fun. There are two stories, one featuring a creepy story involving ghosts, a werewolf and the spirit of Kulan Gath. In some ways this story feels like a normal Red Sonja story. That’s not a complaint. The second is a short but sweet story where Sonja saves a girl from a possible sacrifice, and then offers her some advice. The advice is for her to carry a sword. It’s an enjoyable little bonus story behind a great Halloween special. This is definitely worth picking up for Red Sonja fans.

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Comics of October 17, 2018

This past weekend, I finally picked what will be my first book for this year’s NaNoWriMo. As usual, I can easily decide my second project while I’m working on my first, out of several options. With a couple longer weekends coming up, I should be able to find the time to catch up on some reading for the rest of the month, including at least one novel, and a stack of comics I still need to get through. I’ll talk more about this NaNoWriMo project in the weeks to come, but for now it’s time to talk about today’s comics.

This week, I picked up Weapon Hex 1, Mr. and Mrs. X 4, Thor 6, Red Sonja 22 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 87. Here are my first impressions, and if I find the time for a full review, it’ll be added in a link below. But if that happens, it won’t be until after I finish work tonight because I have things to do.

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