Ranking Marvel’s ResurrXion 13 – 6

13
Iceman

Sina Grace & Alessandro Vitti

No humor whatsoever would be preferable to what passes for jokes in Iceman. And acknowledging that something is a “dad joke” doesn’t make the inclusion of one acceptable. Everything in Iceman falls flat. Dumb art? Check. Constant hamfisted reminders of Bobby’s homosexuality starting on page 1? Check. Way too much dialogue in unimportant scenes to the point where half the page is dialogue bubbles? Check. Overused devices like starting a book out with someone questioning themselves before answering “check”? Check. This book is terrible. Read anything else. – IP

This book misses every pitch. I get why someone would want to make a Classic X-man that has been retroactively written as gay more appealing to contemporary audiences, but the whole “dating-profile” device is super lame. Iceman is both literally and figuratively cool. Dude would be on Grindr or Tinder or something. If you’re gonna do it, fucking commit. Seeing Iceman go on an awkward Grindr date could be much more effective at getting these themes across, rather than traversing the typical tropes of disapproving parents and self-discomfort. After Bobby trains himself, why doesn’t he ask younger Bobby some questions about being gay? There’s an interesting conversation. And are we just gonna avoid the whole masturbating question? If young Bobby and future Bobby were to mess around….what would it be considered? Where’s that joke? – tyrannofloresrex

Collection: Iceman, Vol. 1 (January 2018)

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12
All-New Wolverine

Tom Taylor & Leonard Kirk
beginning with #19

I really like the dynamic of Laura and her clone Gabby as a team. The alien virus crash-landing on Roosevelt Island was a little unoriginal, but the fact that the virus was transmitted by an innocent child with some kind of connection to Laura, made it a bit more intriguing. I’d want to keep reading this. Also, Governor’s Ball is definitely cancelled. – hltchk

I really like Laura, but she seems to be stuck in a recycle. Wolverine built a huge fanbase off of solo books as a mentor to younger, equally deadly characters, including X-23, and it just seems really uninventive to throw Laura in the same situation so soon. – tyrannofloresrex

Collection: All-New Wolverine vol. 4: Immune (December)

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11
Old Man Logan

Ed Brisson & Mike Deodato
beginning with #25

Ed Brisson definitely has the grit factor going for him and, judging by the mediocre Bullseye book and the really good Iron Fist book, this’ll be a bloody Old Man Logan series. I’ve been waiting to see whether or not OML really fits in with the 616, and while I thought Lemire was pointing the character in the right direction, this series may be retreading too much of the original arc. Interested to hang out a while longer. – MMDG

It’s not that I don’t like the time-traveling factor of some of these X-books, but some of them are extremely frustrating to read, and this is one of them. I feel like I should be able to pick up what’s going on pretty easily, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough going on for me to tell what the hell is happening here. Luckily this book looks amazing and has some of the best fight scenes in any ResurreXion book. The whole time, however, I just felt confused as to what was going on. – hltchk

Collection: Old Man Logan vol. 6: Days of Anger (February 2018)

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10
Secret Warriors

Matthew Rosenberg & Javier Garron

A good getting-the-team-together kickoff. You wouldn’t have sold me on this squad at face value, but Rosenberg is a young, adept talent tackling his first superhero team book. I already have high expectations, and, I think, Marvel does too. His knack for dialogue is Bendisian, and offsets the rather formulaic start to the series. Garron’s art is better than average – a bit cartoon-y, but fluid and well planned. – MMDG

Not jumping at the opportunity to read more, but I do love the incorporation of Devil Dinosaur, Moon Girl, and Ms. Marvel. Story didn’t flow as well as I’d hoped and art was a bit weird, but great way to tie these characters to the X-Men. – LDG

With nothing outstanding about this book, why do I like it? Is it stuffed with Inhumans that are cool? Mostly. I don’t care about Inferno, but Marvel Girl, Devil Dinosaur and Karnak? Yes, please! Does it have action? Yes, a bunch of people even die in it AND the Wrecking Crew shows up. Check on that. Does this book follow a classic, irresistible story formula? Well, Daisy is putting the team together, and they’re gonna blow something up/rescue someone/steal something, or something like that, and that totally works for me. If this book were food, it’d lose points on presentation, but it’d score high in flavor. – tyrannofloresrex

Collection: Secret Warriors Vol. 1: Secret Empire (October)

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9
Royals

Al Ewing, JonBoy Meyers, & Thony Silas

This book employs some cheap, but effective intrigue for readers, as Marvel continues to push the Inhumans as the next big franchise. I gotta say, I DO want to know who the mysterious, last surviving Inhuman is 5,000 years into the future. And I also want to know what game this insectoid Marvel Boy is playing. Gorgon, Medusa, and Black Bolt are definitely old favorites from way back in the FF days, but I love Swain’s swagger, and this rock guy seems set for a journey of self-discovery that I can get behind. Your ploys are noticed, but accepted Ewing! – tyrannofloresrex

I actually went back through this a couple times because I still don’t understand the point of what the “Royals” are. Am I supposed to already know what that is or will I find out later? I’m not finding out later because I’m not reading this anymore. And now I have “Royals” by Lorde stuck in my head. – hltchk

Character designs, while not consistent with the rest of the crossover, are actually a standout feature of Royals. Even though the book isn’t amazing, I was honestly not excited about this book going into it and left it open to reading more, so good job Ewing & Co. – IP

Collection: Royals Vol. 1: Beyond Inhuman (October)

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8
Generation X

Christina Strain & Amilcar Pinna

This book is fucking ugly. No consistency in character shapes and proportions and it’s got a weird color palette. With that said, this is the kind of story I’ve been looking for in the X-Men. I like global threats and fighting bad guys, but the other X-books are missing the angst and character relationships offered by the Xavier school. While these characters are a bit goofy, I’m happy to see a book that mines the mutant melodrama potential while throwing in the threat of old villains. I don’t know if Jubilee is really the best lead character, and I hope she’ll be written as more of a capable lady than a hapless former mallrat stumbling into maturity. This new Gen X may be lacking in visual style, but it’s got the potential to build some solid character relationships, and maybe bring up a few cool new mutants. It works for something that could be a show on the CW, and I’d definitely check out the second episode. – tyrannofloresrex

You know what? I like the art. Yeah, it’s weird, but the rotating angles and distorted perspectives work. I’m all for more experimental art styles, especially one like this that actually seems to approximate the weird, off-balance, crazy first day at a mutant high school. The writing isn’t bad, but there’s nothing too unexpected in this first issue. All the mutants are castoff weirdos from prior series, with the one “new kid” exception. I’ll read #2, but I might be more interested in oddball Kitty Pryde and Jubilee facial expressions than another angst-riddled team tale. – MMDG

Collection: Generation X Vol. 1: Natural Selection (November)

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7
Cable

James Robinson & Carlos Pacheco

Honestly, I have no idea what happened. I don’t know much about Cable in general, which didn’t help, but he just showed up, found some other guys and then maybe died? He looks pretty damn awesome doing it though. I’d be curious to see what happens next. – LDG

Very brief but a really cool book. Cowboys with ray guns are a favorite comic book image of mine so that was a nice touch. Cable being captured by techno firesword-wielding Ronin in medieval Japan is a great idea. The art is also quite good. This feels like the sort of story that could play out on a tv show version of Cable. – IP

Surprisingly short but really enjoyed this one. Art was terrific and there wasn’t too much given away in terms of what might come next (I felt some of the X-books were a little too spoiler-y). The “I will avenge him” line definitely induced a big eye-roll, but still, this was entertaining from start to finish. Cable fighting wild west desperadoes AND sixteenth-century ronin in the same book, that’s good stuff. – hltchk

Collection: Cable Vol. 1: Time Champion (December)

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6
Jean Grey

Dennis Hopeless & Victor Ibanez

I guess I was hoping for a bit more. Hopeless’s Spider-Woman has been so good, and here he has the opportunity to script a solo series showcasing another strong female character. But right off the bat, it feels like another team book, and we’re hit over the head with the Dark Phoenix card. Slow down, champ. – MMDG

No one should be surprised that this “new” Jean Grey is getting a Phoenix story, but that doesn’t stop that slight feeling of disappointment. It totally makes sense that Jean’s first solo book would deal with the most significant part of her mythos, but that obvious move takes a bit of the shine off the book. At least Hopeless is skilled with dialogue, and can write an entertaining opener. I love when the Wrecking Crew shows up, and that the crux of this book’s plot is introduced in a run-of-the-mill super-robbery is fun. And I really like Ibanez’s work. It’s got the right amount of realism and grit, and Jean is looking fantastic. What I don’t like is Phoenix speaking like a plucky grifter. Maybe that means not all is what it seems, and Hopeless is using some misdirection to build up a gratifying mystery, but right now, this book is good, just not inspiring excitement. – tyrannofloresrex

Collection: Jean Grey Vol. 1: Nightmare Fuel (October)

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