Even with the best intentions, the second week of the Comic Catch-Up escaped me, so here’s a quick catch-up for the week of September 10th, a week of Marvel comics that saw Norman Osborn taken down a few pegs with regard to the mutant situation in the culmination of Matt Fraction’s Utopia arc, ushering in a new status quo for mutant-kind, and beginning the important The List banner of books which may or may not lead to the end of the Osborn’s Dark Reign.
This entry of the Comic Catch-Up takes a look at Dark Avengers: Uncanny X-Men – Exodus one-shot, Dark Reign: The List – Avengers one-shot, Thunderbolts #135, War of Kings: Who Will Rule? one-shot and Ultimate Comics: Avengers #2.
No, the irony of using a title for this post the same week as “Star Trek” opens in the cinema isn’t lost on me, although the “Star Trek” reference might be a bit of a stretch. (Though I do love me some Muppets-style-Star-Trek references.)
Anyway, the picture to the side, complete with its stupid (stupidly AWESOME) “Scarface” reference is taken from Marvel’s “War of Kings” issue 3, out this week. Despite my complete and utter love for Marvel comics, I’ve never really gotten into their space-based stuff until recently: “Annihilation” and “Annihilation: Conquest” passed me by with little acknowledgement on my part, and I’m kind of regretting it now.
I started reading “War of Kings” thanks to X-Men: no surprise there, but some of the stuff happening in this is spinning out of Brubaker’s solo run on “Uncanny X-Men” and his “Deadly Genesis” mini-series, with the discovery of the third Summers’ brother, the man now known as Emperor Vulcan of the Shi’ar Empire. As Vulcan’s megalomania has increased, he’s set his sights on taking over the galaxy, and more importantly, hunting down the former Majestrix of the Shi’ar, Lilandra Neramani (who’s aligned herself with Vulcan’s brother Alex Summers and the rest of the Starjammers.)
Okay, so all this sounds really complicated and stupid, but…it’s really not! There’s a hell of a lot going on here that ties into some of my favourite comics and characters (remember, Carol Danvers even went on adventures with the Starjammers for a while) in the Marvel Universe, along with some well-written-and-crafted political-style shenanigans, intrigue and SPACE BATTLES. There’s some pretty big spoilers ‘neath the cut.