The Comic Fanatic – Week of 5/30: Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Legacy, Luther Strode, American Vampire, DMZ

Welcome back, True Believers! So good to have you with us! I’ve got a wide plethora of comics to discuss today, so there should be something for everyone.

First off, lets get our obligatory Avengers VS X-Men tie-ins out of the way. A VS X VERSUS #2 features fights between Colossus-Juggernaut and Spider-man (it’s a battle of the hypens!), and Gambit and Captain America. Neither fight is particularly interesting, nor really fair. So far VERSUS has been entirely skippable. It’s a good idea, but not well implemented. Then we have X-Men Legacy # 267,  and it’s the battle of the B-listers! I’m probably being unfair to Rogue and friends, but that’s what it seems like. Not a bad issue, at all. Better than VERSUS and some of the main series by far. Rogue has some really good moments in this one.  I love what Legacy has been doing, showcasing some of the other members at the school, not featured in the main run.

Speaking of the main run,  Wolverine and the X-Men #11 continues to show that Jason Aaron is one of the best writers at Marvel. Despite having to fit the AvsX mold, he still continues to pull out some good issues. Give the man some good characters, and let him write. Wolverine fans will like this one, as he makes a couple important decisions here. Also, the Red Hulk VS Iceman fight is pretty great, as is the Iron Fist VS Rachel Grey fight. This issues does a good job of cutting between the X-Men fighting, and Wolverine and Hope.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my review of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. It’s a rather fantastic story, as well as a violent and action packed romp. Definitely worth picking up, it is currently available on Amazon for under $10. Quite a bargain. Be sure to read it in time for The Legend of Luther Strode this fall.

Also this week, we have another very solid issue of American Vampire. Issue #27 follows up last months’ story focus in Calvin Poole. I’ve missed a few of the recent issues, so I don’t quite grasp the whole story, but there is plenty of vampire-on-vampire action, and Poole seems like a rather cool character. Unfamiliar with him. Pearl has a cameo at the end, and it’s always nice to see her. The next arc looks rather exciting, as does the miniseries starting next month, Lord of Nightmares. Beautiful cover on this issue. Don’t miss American Vampire. If you haven’t, be sure to read the books. If you need further convincing, check out my review of the first volume.

I also picked up books 3-5 of DMZ. I got the first two books back on Free Comic Book Day and loved then. Finally got around to getting the next couple. It’s an exciting series with an interesting premise: press in the Second American Revolution. The story follows Matty, a young reporter who gets dropped into the DMZ (demilitarized zone, basically ground zero) between the two warring sides of what used to be the United States. In the DMZ, life struggles to survive amidst the violence, but it does continue and it’s Matty’s job to report what is actually going on to the folks back home. I’m only a little into it, but it is great, with some fascinating characters to suit the setting.

Until next week, True Believers!

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