One can only hope.
Thanks for all the recommendations. The Publisher's Weekly Comics World was pretty much exactly what I was looking for. Will check out Ignorant Bliss as well. Those Secret Convergence podcasts are great too!
I would read that one-shot, though, if it were as snarky as this post.
Editorial's rationale for keeping Wolverine out of teams for the time being is complete BS too...something along the lines of "her new solo arc keeps her out of the action." Plot logistics haven't kept characters out of other books since the 1980s (1990s?).
Oh, well. My optimism was nice while it lasted.
At least this maybe means that the hinted-at love triangle isn't merely a rehash of Jean-Scott-Warren? That's faint comfort, but maybe something.
I'm with you re: Laura not getting the respect as Wolverine, esp. with OML appearing across titles without a care in the world. I'm fine with the appearance at the end of Blue, if only because there's no telling where they're going to go with it just yet. If he popped out and said, "I'M THE NEW WOLVERINE," or "I AM TAKING A PLACE ON THIS TEAM RIGHT NOW," I'd be more worried. That said, if he joins up as a permanent member in the next couple books (he's teased on the cover for 4 (3?)), I'll be worried.
I was traveling last week, so just picked up my pull of X-Men Gold yesterday evening (of course, after the Syaf kerfuffle). I liked the writing; I agree that the nostalgia fab service is bordering on pandering, BUT I'm so far okay with that. I want Guggenheim to give Peter something other to do than pine for Kitty, so hopefully their back-and-forth will be the last word on that for a while.
Re: Syaf--this is my first encounter with his art and I gotta say it didn't do much for me. It was fine, I guess. My reaction is likely affected by the coded messages in the art (but, like, even those were poorly done--those "212" and "Jewelry" signs above Kitty's head looked dashed off, like a shop sign drawn by someone who has only ever heard of a shop sign and not actually seen one), but seems like Marvel's not really losing a great talent by jettisoning Syaf.
X-Men: Blue was top notch stuff. Really looking forward to see where it goes. The art was the right balance of cartoony without feeling like a slapstick; the writing was spot-on.
Old Man Logan I'm enjoying. Retreading Logan's backstory (again) isn't the most inspired choice, but I appreciate that the current (and previous two-part lead-in) arc feels grim without being bleak.
Black Panther & The Crew I picked up as a #1. I really shouldn't add another title to my pull list, but I really dug the first issue. I have no real reference point for Misty Knight other than her 70s/80s X-appearances, so there's some nuance that was lost on me. All in all, another solid addition to the expanding Black Panther line.
Picked up ANX, XPrime, and OML
Oh, my. I really loved almost all of All-New X-Men's finale. The fake-out baseball-->dance party, fist bump btw Idie and Evan, Laura getting a panel of ass-kicking, the O5 brief time travel interlude. I wish Bagley had been back on art, but that's a minor quibble.
I reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly dug most of X-Men: Prime, too. Thought the setup for Weapon X was the weakest point, but only because XGold and XBlue's setups were introduced much more naturally (to be fair, though, I'm not sure how it would have been possible to make the Weapon X intro seem not shoehorned in). The only real complaint is the groundwork for the love triangle that has been hyped as part of XBlue. I was kind of hoping they'd move away from Jean-Scott-Warren. I figured Jean-Scott would be two thirds of the triangle, but was hoping the writers would go a different direction, seeing as J-S-W has been done before. Loved the pre-recorded Danger Room loop, though.
Old Man Logan I've been up and down on throughout Lemire's run. I like the stuff that has as little to do with the Wastelands as possible, and have enjoyed the two-issue arcs more than the 3-5 issue arcs. Since this was the conclusion of a two-issue arc, was not at all set in the Wastelands, and had a sense of goddamn humor about itself, I was into it. Also, Andrade's art.
Use Old Man Logan as a spice, not a protein. Allow the team books time to breathe before getting them embroiled in a line-wide crossover. TBH, I didn't like the Civil War II: X-Men miniseries, but at least it was a four issue mini that didn't really touch what was happening in the team books.
I love this idea so much. March and April are nightmarish for my time professionally/personally, but I'll be lurking for May.
Yeah, I don't think it's justified, and that's just the synopsis I found most easily. I seem to recall other editorial mentions that her next arc would be cosmically-oriented. The rest of your comment is basically what I was getting at--it'd be nice if this were some indication that Marvel was going back to caring about the logistics of being in multiple places at the same time, but in this case, it's seemingly applied only to Wolverine and not the other characters running around everywhere.
She was running around with All-New X-Men, but that's ending this month.
Marvel has indicated her new story arc in ANW will keep her out of team action for a minute. This synopsis seems to track with that: http://comicsalliance.com/all-new-wolverine-resurrxion-leonard-kirk/
Which, okay, I guess it's good that Marvel's finally considering physical logistics wrt characters being on multiple teams, but it seems a little arbitrary.
But will my pull list? (Answer: probably)
I also like the character, but am worried about oversaturation.
So, various x-editors have mentioned that Emma will have a big role going forward. On the one hand, that could just be, "the next big bad" (sad!). On the other hand, it could be more interesting? I suppose I'm mostly pessimistic, but I'm trying to hold out hope it'll be at least complex.
Soule wants to correct the record: it's a cast not a team.
(the worst type of correction).
1 and 2: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I share your OML :/ x 1000. I also don't have much affection for Gambit or Bishop, but I can get over that.
I am also unsure how I feel about Soule on writing. He was affable on the podcast, but the only thing I've read of his is IvX and I was a hard meh on it.
I found the treatment of Emma one-dimensional, but I do like the idea that she's left a little unhinged and potentially villain-y for the next little bit. Also, I still reallllllly don't care for most of the Inhumans (excepting, of course, Moon Girl and Ms. Marvel), so if Emma is constantly trying to take them down, I'd be pretty into seeing that happen.
Won't be picking up the "epilogue" in Uncanny Inhumans, tho. Not at all.
What with the reveal this (last?) week that Old Man Logan was joining another team book (bringing his count to three?), and with Wolverine not being part of any team books (though ANW is so, so good), is anyone else a little nervous that Marvel side-stepped the "old Wolverine is dead" issue entirely are going (have already gone) back to their old ways of Logan having a finger (claw?) in every story arc?
It does seem like OML takes a backseat to the narrative in his team appearances (at least in the last couple years), which is positive, but I am a bit annoyed that there's a perfectly good (great! Amazing!) Wolverine running around that they're not using outside of her own book.
Not saying I had any idea what was happening. Also, maybe now I know why I like the soap opera so much.
That local grocery store was also an Ingles.
I think this was my first one. I know it was in the middle of X-Cutioner's Song, and that I had to backtrack (from the measly offerings at the Ingles grocery store (!!), because I wasn't aware comic book stores were a thing) to piece together the backstory.
Definitely remember reading the first couple pages, where Apocalypse is dragging himself up a cliff and only sorta getting what was happening after 3 passes.
At least Apocalypse Wars was contained within individual titles. It was an event in that all the titles did something with Apocalypse, but it was refreshing that Young Cyclops didn't pop up in whatever dystopian future EX was running around in just because he wasn't involved in ANX's story arc.