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BATMAN DAY is SATURDAY, September 15th.

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Comic Review: Extermination #1

 

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It's been a while since we've had an X-Men event, but all that is changing now with Extermination. Serving as the catalyst for the next big refresh of Marvel's Mutants, Extermination, from Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz, is chock full of what makes the X-Men, well, the X-Men. No, not mutants fighting one another (although that's certainly here in this opening issue), time travel!

Yes, the X-Men are back into some time travel shenanigans, and it's all centered around the young original X-Men that have been hanging around the Marvel universe for years now. When the Mutant hunter from the future, Ahab, attacks Cyclops and Bloodstorm (a vampire version of Storm-yes, regular Storm is around, don't ask), Scott Summers needs to assemble his teammates to find out the mystery behind their attacker and what role they play in the time stream (despite them not being in the right timeline to begin with).

Ed Brisson's script sets the stage really well for this crossover. Brisson's slowly been making a name for himself in the Marvel writing stable, working his way up the ranks, and Extermination serves as arguably the biggest story he's written for the publisher. While his opening for the storyline isn't very new reader friendly, I'll admit that it's really engaging, and legitimately has me wondering if the X-Men from the past will (finally) be sent back to their home timeline by the time this wraps up.

Like Brisson, Pepe Larraz has been working his way up the ranks at Marvel, though his rise has been at a much faster pace than Brisson. Much of this is due to his art style, which is pretty impeccable. A mix of Humberto Ramos and Joe Madiuera, Larraz is able to give his characters a slightly cartoony look, but not so much that it ruins your ideas of what the characters should look like.

While it remains to be seen how easy to follow Extermination will be, this opening installment is well-crafted, and as someone who only reads the Red and Gold iterations of the X-Men books, this does have me interested in picking up the crossover as a whole. Whether I'll regret that decision remains to be seen, but I have hope that this could be one of the better stories out of the modern age of the X-Men.

Comic Review: Pearl #1

 

Pearl #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) index

Now that Brian Michael Bendis has jumped ship to DC, he's back on the indie circuit game with Pearl. Teamed up with his Jessica Jones artist Michael Gaydos, Pearl focuses on the title character, a tattoo artist in San Francisco who accidentally becomes an assassin. While that sounds like an intriguing premise, unfortunately there's just not enough in this opening issue to really hook you in.

One aspect of Pearl that sets it apart is the characterizations, and in that regard Bendis' script is pretty great. But as good as his introduction to Pearl is, there's really not much plot wise that comes into play here. For such an interesting premise, it's a bit of a bummer to read this opening issue and come to the end, only to go “that's it?” instead of wanting to read the next issue.

Michael Gaydos' art in Pearl is very similar to his work from Jessica Jones, but it looks a little more rushed than usual. That may be because much of this issue is set in seedy bars and nightclubs, but there were many panels that looked a little muddy and rushed as opposed to the art guidelines set by his previous work.

While Pearl's opening issue isn't the debut most Bendis fans are hoping for, it's got the potential to be a cool crime story, provided the plot starts kicking into gear within the next few issues. If they're anything like this issue though, it'll unfortunately become a boring slog.

THE WAUGH BAG REPORT

Waugh's Bag, Volume 7, Issue 31!

Waugh's Bag
Volume Seven, Issue Thirty-One!
“Gunns and Roses”

I try to keep this column a “politics-free zone”, mainly because there's so many awful things out in the world lately that I like to think of this column as an escape. But with the recent firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, I feel like I need to put my two cents in. Were Gunn's tweets, which, while written ten years ago, offensive and unfunny? Absolutely. But his firing for his past actions sets a dangerous precedent for not only Hollywood, but our modern culture as well.

Make no mistake, I'm not defending James Gunn's previous tweets. He's owned up to the fact that he wrote them and has apologized numerous times. And that's the thing, he's already apologized for them. They were brought up when he was first hired for the original Guardians, and guess what? They were brought up before Guardians Vol 2 as well, and again, he apologized. Regardless of who up the Disney ladder knew about these tweets, the fact that there was seemingly little to no investigation into the fact that he had previously apologized is pretty sad, in my opinion. While I don't know James Gunn personally, by all accounts he seems like a really genuine person who has learned a lot in the ten years since those poorly worded “jokes” were written. If we condemn someone who has not only owned up to their mistakes, but also changed from them into a better person, then what is the point in changing or learning from past deeds?

Think about yourself ten years ago. Regardless of how old you are now, you were younger, and that means that you didn't have the life experience that you have now. With experience comes learning, and learning means growth. I myself know that I've grown in many ways from when I was ten years younger, and I shudder to think of some of the stupid crap I may have said or done when I was in my early twenties.

I think the best way I can convey my thoughts on this matter is this: ten years ago, I was in a college improv comedy troupe. The great thing about improv is that you have to think on your feet. The bad thing about improv is also that you have to think on your feet. I'm positive I made some jokes that were in poor taste (although NOTHING like what Gunn tweeted), and if someone brought them up to me now I would feel uncomfortable or even embarrassed by them. Should I be held accountable for my actions? Absolutely. But should there also be context for the person I am today, and the differences in that than the person I was? Yes, because I've experienced more life events, people, and situations in the ten years that I've been in college. As opposed to someone like Roseanne Barr, who continued to post hateful and racist tweets and opinions well after she was told to stop, Gunn has shown that his current day self has grown up from he one that wrote those tweets ten years ago.

In all honesty, the entire situation revolving around James Gunn sucks. The fact that he was fired sucks. The fact that Disney didn't do enough research into his tweets, and who was calling for him to be fired, sucks. The fact that Gunn wrote those tweets in the first place, and didn't delete them after the first time he was called out for them, sucks. Do I hope Gunn is reinstated? Absolutely. Do I think it'll actually happen? No way. The best case scenario is that this opens the door for a new creative mind to enter the Guardians universe, and get to add a new perspective to it.

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