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Comic Catch-Up: New Releases, 16.09.09

Dark Avengers #9 - Page 9The after-effects of the Utopia crossover continue to be felt in the Marvel Universe, both from the mutant side of things and as other characters have started to look at their own actions during the Dark Reign, along with some long-seated revelations in the X-books. This entry of the Comic Catch-up takes a look at Dark Avengers #9, X-Factor #48 and X-Men: Legacy – Annual #1.

Dark Avengers #9 - Page 1There was an unusual combination of peaceful, character-based moments in Dark Avengers #9, written by Brian Michael Bendis; art by Mike Deodato, as Ares finally realises the part that his son Alex/Phobos has had to play in Nick Fury’s plans with the rest of the Secret Warriors, leading to a surprisingly non-violent confrontation between the two men, along with Ares’ realisation that he’s been on the wrong side during the Dark Reign. But there were also some surprising, and possibly game-changing, events at the Avengers Tower as the very sanity of the Dark Avengers’ most powerful members comes into question and is acted on by one of the most surprising of characters.

Bendis continues to weave an interesting mix of characters and politics into the book, but Deodato’s art is the most impressive within this issue, with some of the biggest scenes lacking in dialogue and depending on the art alone to convey some massive events. That, and Ares looks awesome with his axe and bike as above, proof that the God Of War has just a little bit more style than Thor.

Best Moment #1: Norman Osborn remains behind locked doors, but needs some help.

Best Moment #2: Ares makes an entrance when confronting the Secret Warriors.

Best Moment #3: The Sentry’s wife realises that her husband is crazy, and must be stopped.

X-Factor #48 - Page 1X-Factor #48, written by Peter David; art by Valentine De Landro continues to stretch events out a little bit too much for its own good, as X-Factor Investigations continue to do battle with Cortex and, in the future, Madrox investigates the seeming disappearances of members of the Summers’ Rebellion. There were some revelations, like just why Cortex has been trying to kill the gang’s clients and, more importantly, why he looks like a Madrox dupe, but these discoveries have been a little too sparse to hold interest in the series.

The issue’s high-points come with the appearance of an older, senile Dr. Doom helping Madrox in the future and while David continues to fill the book with witty repartee and dialogue, this only serves to distract from the story, holding off for the inevitable climax in the fiftieth issue, even tying back to the origins of this volume with an appearance by Damien Tryp.

Best Moment: Future-Doom gets blasty (yeah, that’s as good as it gets…)

X-Men - Legacy Annual #1 - Page 1The X-Men are settling into their new home, and Rogue, Gambit and Danger have been welcomed back into the fold in the X-Men: Legacy – Annual, written by Mike Carey; art by Daneil Acuña. While the team settle onto the island nation, formerly Asteroid M, they receive a visit from an old friend in the form of old Generation X villain, Emplate. Rogue’s new position as mentor/teacher to the younger mutants is only mentioned in a conversation between her and Cyclops but the younger X-Men are also first in the firing line for Emplate’s insatiable appetite.

The annual also comes with a back-up story, which proves more interesting than the main story, even though it focuses on Gambit (yes, I don’t like Gambit, so?) On a Cyclops-endorsed mission to take care of Dark Beast’s dastardly machine from the Utopia arc, Gambit is attacked by a telepathic H.A.M.M.E.R. agent who manages to activate a deep-hidden part of his brain, re-awakening Gambit’s powers as a horseman of Apocalypse.

Carey’s run on X-Men: Legacy (and X-Men beforehand) has always been a rich embrace of X-Men history, and even though Apocalypse’s last appearance in the book has passed into notoriety, Carey isn’t one to shy away from acknowledging even the lowest points of X-Men history and making them riveting. And yes, he can do it for Gambit too.

Best Moment #1: Danger finds a purpose amongst the X-Men, to be renamed the Explainatron 2000.

Best Moment #2: After nigh on twenty years, Gambit finally gets just a little bit interesting.

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