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Subj: Re: X-Men Red #1: THAT's why?!
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 at 06:15:09 pm EST (Viewed 230 times)
Reply Subj: X-Men Red #1: THAT's why?!
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 at 04:33:20 pm EST (Viewed 314 times)

    THAT's why they're called "RED"? For a forced last page gimmick pun?

No - or at least I don't think so. They're called "Red" because Jean has red hair.

And remember when I said I got a Supergirl vibe from that page where Jean first arrives? That vibe continued for the whole issue. Weird as this may seem, this book (intentionally or not) is setting up Jean not only as the alpha female mutant but as the alpha female superhero. Even with a movie on the way, Carol Danvers just can't seem to seize that role.

I bought the issue. Jean as Supergirl was just the hook I needed.

    Title Page: Not including Gentle and Trinary makes NO SENSE. It's like a diss, really.

They don't appear in the rest of the issue because it's all flashbacks and apparently they weren't involved yet.

    08 UGH. Lazy flashback timestamping. How many months after Phoenix Resurrection? Why no mention of said mini?

Because that mini was meaningless and stupid? But of course, I didn't read it, so what do I know?

    The art... questionable for the rest of the ish.

It's questionable, period. But I like the red and blue of Jean's costume. It's always striking whenever she appears. In fact, every panel that has Jean in it is beautiful, no matter what she's wearing. These artists portray red hair as a transcendent aura of awesomeness.

    They can detail some squiggly lines but can't even throw in some cool or creative actual street name?

You actually looked for a street name? I love you, man.

    09 Ugly baby - well, at least by anatomical comparison to Toby's look pages later. On the plus side, throwaway Booch gets named too. THE BABY'S A SCREEEAMER!!!

    10 Seriously. THAT's a FULL page? Well, at least we can wonder how Toby compares to Syrin or Sean as we watch a car spin.

    11 The WolverineS just HAPPEN to be there or Jean called them in before a crisis new mutant powers generate a crisis - similarly unclear as when the heroes show up in the preview pages scenario. Prooobably baby was detected early by Cerebro - so a little less confusing than the earlier 'Searebro' arrival?

Apparently Laura lives nearby. Jean actually tells the mother this, which caught me off guard from a secret identity point of view.

So this makes two incidents in one issue of Jean and the Snikts saving young mutants like the 1963 mutants used to do. These are the real X-Men. All others are posers. (Well, OK, I'm overstating things by a lot, but seriously, this is the book that feels like the successor to 1963 and 1975. This is the X-Men being X-Men.)

    12 Okay, THAT's got to be Syrin and Banshee equivalent showing.

    13 Jean and Kurt show up for your random/standard first encounter with a new mutant scenario. Apparently they only need 2 (unless it's 4)... uhh, cuz it's only a baby? Okay, and if Jean gave a heads up call to Laura then she should've had 'em bring earplugs.

    14 Impressive and sweet showing for Jean.


    15 The X-men offer the mom reasonable stat solutions.

1963 style.

    16 Lydia Nance was kind of interesting as the anti-mutant face and this Harold Nobody seems uninspired with his intro. What's worse, with all the solutions Jean TP'ed for Toby - why the heck did she not just wipe the memory of the baby from the few people that could have possibly seen her. Bah.

Good point. Unethical?

    Sooo, readers will have to deal with another book with another take on handling TP to suit the writer's tastes. Pet peeve randomness is sure to follow with the book lead being a telepath...

    17 What do we think of Jean's showing here? She's pulling a Superman or high-end showing of DD as they can read the simultaneous minds across great distances on a whim. It's not even clear what or why she's doing it here.

Supergirl. 1963. 1975. Alpha female mutant. Alpha female superhero.

    18 Welcome use of global locales since Jean is trying to 'heal the world' of it's mutant problems. Neat BP inclusion.

    19 The story gives us 2 missing months and now throws us right into the middle of her post-Resurrection and reborn-motivation. Seems a bit lazy to assume readers can presume why this is such a logical step in her unrevealed quest. Jean doesn't even know what to do next - or is she fishing for better ways to go about unsaid idea? Sooo, all these pro-mutant world laureate agreed to gather for a group mind meld to a known Omega Telepath or unknown one - either way is forced plot device rush??

Here we've moved beyond Supergirl into Messiah territory. This is the sort of thing Wonder Woman probably dreams of doing. Jean is acting out Diana's highest aspirations. And she's doing it with Martian Manhunter's signature ability. Jean has absorbed the DC Universe into herself and transcended it. This could be a Watchmen story. Jean could be Doctor Manhattan.

    20-21 Greeeat. It's a BEAUTIFUL idea and plan - at least according to Kurt. She tells him but not readers! And not Kitty or X-mentors?

It's fascinating how she formulated the idea. She linked the greatest minds on Earth into a super-mind and used it to super-compute a plan she couldn't have conceived (probably no one could have conceived) independently. We've never seen this before. This is Messiah-level. So of course Kurt is the first one told - Kurt, who once was studying for the priesthood - Kurt, who knows what it means to serve a Messiah and has longed to do so. The soul of the X-Men.

Kitty? I love Kitty but this is above Kitty's pay grade. I'm not sure who the other X-mentors are. Whoever they are, Jean will do this whether they agree with it or not. I get the impression that only Kurt's opinion really mattered. That fascinates me. He has knelt at the altar of a Messiah as a postulant. To him, before and above all others, to him Jean came with her idea. And he blessed it and asked to be baptised with it.

    22-23 She's recruiting Atlantis more than just Namor. She needs a country behind her to turn wheels at the U.N.

Wakanda also. But T'Challa is not a mutant so we likely won't be seeing much more of him. Namor, however, is a mutant, and now we know what he's doing in the book. I would never in a million years have guessed.

    Hmm... Magneto failed at that and Xavier/Scott/Kitty didn't even try that route. Just saying. Plus, her trip underwater is a notable power showing. Empty Namor inclusion.

Why is it empty? She and Namor needed to talk. They talked.

    24-25 Addressing the U.N. It's been done before. But it's a bearable 2 pages and Jean neatly wins at her gambit of political meandering this ish. Oddly, she essentially threatens them all with mind manipulation to prove her point. Her big win? She basically just wants everyone to start liking mutants again. Hmmph. THAT's her big win?

No. Her big win was getting mutantkind recognized as a nation. If not for Cassandra Nova, Jean would have a seat at the UN representing the Mutant Nation. In fact she may still have that seat. Probably not but we didn't actually see the vote rescinded. After all, if I'm not mistaken, Doctor Doom has a seat at the UN.

    26-28 EEP! Worst. Backfire. Ever. Her first attempt to make a mutant ally is to grossly blow up the -literal- head of a U.K. Ambassador in broad daylight! [Come to think of it Carnelia suffered a similar atrocity years ago with IM.] Now, the series starts...

Cassandra Nova is apparently the Big Bad. And let's face it, she's pretty big and pretty bad.

    29 THAT's why there's a team. To act as Jean's protector as she continues her untold Heal The World mission statement?

I'm not sure they're her protectors. She probably protects them more than they protect her. They're more like her disciples. Her Apostles.

    30. CRAP! The (sadly inevitable) Return of another despicable and disliked X-men arch-enemy: Cassandra! Which reminds me of another failing of this premiere - the chronological neglect to note the Return of Xavier over in Astonishing book. Well, at least the bland cover makes more sense as it was clearly all about selling Jean and her return to readers. Unfortunately, not buying it yet.

I know you and Black Guardian think Astonishing matters but I'm not convinced. We'll see if Xavier is still at large when the story arc ends. Right now it is my opinion that X-Men: Red is the premiere X-book.

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