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Subj: X-Men Gold #18: *groans*...
Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 02:03:11 pm EST (Viewed 146 times)

X-Men: Gold 018

*groan* The, otherwise rendered well, cover should have been for last issue when Kurt WAS imprisoned.

*groan* Amara is in charge?! Aquilla is a good character and deserves facetime but when the X-men are away they chose her to 'run things'. And if she is just taking care of the Damage Control business 'cuz she's handy that's not much better. The School would benefit from a supporting character -or A.I.- (with seniority and experience) in purely an admistrational capacity. It WAS good to have Damage Control rep Ballinger guest star and her banter with him WAS fun.

*groan* "TELEPATHIC PHONE CALL". Fine, the team is about opting for psi over tech communication. Well, not fine but whatever. Yet who would be relaying this message for Reyes? Obviously skilled enough to pinpoint target a direct call to Amara. (And why does tech talking -or even sending a cameo 'runner'- make much more sense?)

This sequence reminds us that this is literally the brick and mortar structure that was in Westchester. Hmm... WEHT to all the anti-grav detachments that were floating around. Better that they're written out but it should be explained.

*groan* Reyes scores a cameo - that's great for her. And the ignored mystery of Prestige's Hound scars is being addressed - but c'mon there has to be tons of med files on Rachel's history that would prevent the doc from being so baffled by 'em.

Hmm... Sidekick to Kologoth is name Augur. Good to know. Remind me - do we know if "MY LOVE" is just alien royal colloquialism or some LGBTQ hinted relationship factoring in?

*GROAN* Kurt CAN'T die from porting into something now! Because of his rejection from Heaven plotline! Argh. So, we assume he didn't lose consciousness from the pain and immediately re-bamfed into the clear and suffered no internal damage. Another unkillable X-men confirmed for the first time since he came back AFAIK. Death let Ben Reilly (and Kaine) go, the Externals came back, we got another Wolverine recently in Jimmy, etc. Instead of death defying comics do readers want death ignoring comics? Kurt's 'condition' should be put under a microscope ASAP or he'll be bumped of my Top X-men Faves List.

Kologoth's negotiations to let the X-men go was well written. His honesty factor was refreshing for a supervillain scheming. He was entertaining for a change.

Kitty had decent dialogue and reactions.

*groan* The X-men's escort should have been named.

*groan* Why didn't Armor armor up immediately once the action started? They got a cheap shot off at her. Did like that minimal Japanese font was used (AND TRANSLATED) in her word balloons.

*GROAN* Now, Ink is immortal too?! Is it that easy to mystically tattoo on? (Hmm... What does an "immortal tattoo" look like anyways?) You'd think that... OH C'MON?! He has Spider-man powers and Cyke's optic blast TOO?! How many times will Eric Gitter appear in the same sentence as the phrase DEUS EX MACHINA now?!

*groan* Piotr is SHOCKED Kitty called him "SWEETIE"? The woman who just slept with him yesterday? Also, LOVED the "SURVIVE THE EXPERIENCE" homage even though you have to No-Prize how he knows to follow up Japanese.

Storm was (compratively) a force to be reckoned with -for a change- in this run. And she gets some real dialogue for a change. Finally.

Good ending. Scythian surprise superbeing for the X-men to be tested against next ish!

Respect for writer posting those 2 negative letters and his "Oh thank god" was hilarious too. Hmm... "god" is lower case.

Overall: Not the best art. Not the worst story. Did you groan at all?

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