Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Astonishing X-men #3



Wild Child is being chased by Infinites, but the X-men intercept them and take them down.  Unable to communicate with them to let them know what happened to Sabretooth, Wild Child actually licks Rogue on the face so she can absorb some of his memories.  Gross. They head toward the plant in an effort to destroy it and possibly also save Sabretooth.  However it doesn't look like they'll be too successful when Holocaust seemingly beats him to death.



As they sneak into the plant, we get to see just how advanced Morph's powers are.  He turns himself in a great white whale, a giant octopus, and a brick wall among other things.

Here he is as what I guess is the side of a barn, with his head poking out it.

 He also makes jokes the entire time, usually to the chagrin of his teammates, especially the serious Sunfire who prefers to just burn everything down in his quest to  get revenge for the people slaughtered in Japan.  Rogue makes a good leader for the team, even if she can't stop Blink from teleporting off ahead once she sees the state that Sabretooth is in.

Back in Westchester, Magneto and Bishop are talking when Nanny suddenly turns into a giant metal egg, enclosing baby Charles inside it.  It means that Apocalypse has arrived.

Morph seems to be Lobdell's only chance at releasing some humor in this otherwise very dark series.  I don't know what he'd do if he didn't have a silly character to let that out on.  Besides that it's really great to see Rogue in this strong leadership role.  I know she's since led a few teams for the X-men and it's a role she definitely deserves.

4 comments:

  1. +JMJ+

    I think there's quite a bit of humour here along with the visual fun we get from Morph. You mention Wild Child licking Rogue and Nanny turning into an egg--both of which strike me as funny. =) The idea of Nanny as an early warning system is especially nice!

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    1. While the Wild Child moment could be considered funny, Nanny's transformation really isn't. Magneto's reaction to it makes it pretty serious. Between that and the beating Sabretooth takes, the overall tone of the issue is pretty grim.

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    2. +JMJ+

      You can tell I didn't read this particular issue and am relying entirely on your recaps! ;-)

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  2. A solid issue. Good writing, good art. My only issue is Morph. I get that his powers are stronger than ever, and that we need some funny to lighten the tension, but both go way too far for me (a whale? really?). Otherwise, it's a well-plotted lead-in to the climax, Rogue is a good leader, and I like the little character moments like Magneto testing Bishop's willingness to kill, Blink's memory of when she first met Sabertooth, and Wild-Child continuing to run even as a beam burns through his lung.

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