Marauders (2019-) #18 by Gerry Duggan

Marauders (2019-) #18Marauders (2019-) #18 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I get frustrated with stories that have everything going really well and according to plan and then, suddenly, oh no, everything’s gone wrong! Also, I just don’t like these new Reavers…or maybe I don’t like Iceman’s complete indifference to maiming people. Seriously, leaving your opponent maimed rather than dead doesn’t really give you the moral high ground. I’m pretty sure that using weapons that maim your enemies is a war crime, Bobby.

It also feels naïve of the Krakoans to think they could wage an economic war with the Verendi and not have the Verendi escalate that war…and that the poor people of Low Town wouldn’t be the ones to pay a heavy price for that.

Still, there are some nice moments in this issue, particularly the moment when Masque realises that they can use their powers to help babies born with disfigurements, and also Charles and Erik’s reaction to the hospital being named after one of the foremost human allies of mutants…Moira McTaggert. So, it’s not common knowledge on Karkoa that Moira’s a mutant then…

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Marauders (2019-) #17 by Gerry Duggan

Marauders (2019-) #17Marauders (2019-) #17 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This issue was very much one of moving several plot points along and not much more, and as such it’s kinda’ hard to get overly excited about it. That’s one of the downsides to most comics being written for their trade paperback collections. Issues like this one work perfectly when collected, but when they have to stand alone…not so much.

It’s certainly not bad though! And the fight between Storm and Callisto, which is this issue’s “big event” is well done, calling back to their previous fight for the leadership of the Morlocks.

I find myself more interested in the political machinations of Emma Frost, though, and would have preferred more of that here. We see the preparations for the upcoming Hellfire Gala proceed, and I’m left wondering if that event will take place in the pages of Marauders or X-men, considering that it will include the revelation of the new X-Men team. Perhaps it’ll be both.

So, yeah, a perfectly good comic, but one that really just leaves me wanting them to get on with it…

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Marauders (2019-) #16 by Gerry Duggan

Marauders (2019-) #16Marauders (2019-) #16 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, this was rather wonderful…Emma and Kate team up, along with Storm and Lockheed, to wreak vengeance upon Sebastian Shaw for the crime of…well…killing Kate Pryde and attempting to kill Lockheed. Things which make him a very bad man. I mean, we already knew he was a very bad man, but still…

And what a twisted and entirely appropriate vengeance it is. Because, after all, on Krokoa, death holds no stings…but humiliating a man in his own home? And reducing himself to a wheelchair bound shell of himself? For a man like Shaw that’s gotta hurt. I also fully expect this to come back to bite Kate and Emma at some point.

The art is superb, and the cover, by Russel Daughterman is particularly good. My only real question here is: Where did Kate’s knuckle tats go? Although, I didn’t like them, so… Maybe she phased them off?

Anyway, this was good, and builds my excited for post-X Of Swords X-books.

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Marauders #15 by Gerry Duggan

Marauders #15Marauders #15 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surprising nobody, that thing that happened at the end of Part 13 didn’t stick. But it did mean that we got a proper look of exactly what’s at stake here. We got to see exactly what will happen if the Krakoans lose the upcoming contest.

Other than that, we continued with the dinner party, and some poison meant for Logan was, instead, consumed by Cypher, which led to us seeing that the Arrakans are not without honour…at least, some of them.

This is mostly fun, fairly light, character building stuff, with Cable and Magik trying to figure out if Isca the Unbeaten really can’t be beaten.

And then, at the end, we get the draw for the first battle…which promises that things are finally going to kick off in Part 15.

Oh, and we get the odds of each character surviving the tournament. Cypher’s 5000-1, but I think he might beat the odds…

This has great writing and art and you really can’t ask for more than that.

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Marauders #14 by Gerry Duggan

Marauders #14Marauders #14 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was great, my only criticisms being that it felt a little disjointed at times and that Wolverine’s boorishness felt a little…off. I mean, I know Logan can be boorish at times, but suggesting that Brian could end everything by just sleeping with Saturnyne? A little naïve, no?

This issue was mostly about establishing the characters on both sides here and laying some more groundwork for the coming conflict, but it was done in an exceptionally charming way. The interaction between Gorgon and Magik was especially good, and the small hint of things to come between Doug and Bei the Blood Moon was also nice.

Storm’s dance with Death was, well, clearly highly symbolic…and it’s been pointed out that while many of the other combatants on Krakoa’s side have died and been resurrected, Storm hasn’t. Though, as she emphasises, she has been dancing with Death her whole life.

Finally, there’s that thing that happened at the end…and, well, when that thing happens at the end of comics it’s almost always a fake out. Look, Saturnyne ain’t dead, but this may lead to some revelations as to how she came to be so powerful. Is she even Saturnyne? Is she the Saturnyne that we know? That we’ve seen before? Maybe, maybe not. I guess we’ll fine out next week.

Also, just what did War slip into Logan’s food?

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Marauders (2019-) #13 by Vita Ayala

Marauders (2019-) #13Marauders (2019-) #13 by Vita Ayala
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, I guess the entire event couldn’t score five stars, could it?

This isn’t a bad comic, it’s just a flawed comic. It’s incredibly dialogue heavy and the characters seem to spend a lot of time basically talking in circles and going over the same ground.

Storm travels to Wakanda, which she used to be Queen of, alongside her ex-husband, T’Challa, better known as the Black Panther. There she asks for the super special sword which Polaris’ sort of prophecy/instructions decreed that she should use to defend Krakoa, and by extension the world. in the upcoming tournament of swords. Black Panther is away when she arrives and his mother and his sister, Shuri, tell Ororo that they can’t possibly give it to her until he gets back, because they can’t make the decision and if they did it would plunge Wakanda into anarchy or something.

Um…couldn’t they just call him? Was there no way to contact him at all? He eventually just shows up out of the blue anyway, so all of that conflict was utterly pointless.

The art, also, leaves a lot to be desired. It’s not bad, but compared to the art in the other x-books right now, it’s just not up to the same standard. Which is a shame.

As I said, not a bad comic, it just suffers in comparison to the first four chapters of this story.

So, now Storm has her sword, and the Krakoans have three out of ten swords. Bring on sword number four!

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