Marauders #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
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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