Review: X-Men Blue #9 from Marvel Comics

X-Men Blue #9 lays the groundwork for some interesting plot points as Marvel’s Secret Empire reaches Cullen Bunn’s Original X-Men.

X-Men Blue #9 coverTitle: X-Men Blue #9
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Cullen Bunn
Art Team: Cory Smith, Thony Silas, Matt Milla, Irma, Knivila, Joe Caramagna, Arthur Adams, Peter Steigerwald
Editor: Mark Paniccia
On Comic Racks: August, 2017

Solicitation: Jean and Jimmy continue their assault on Emma’s stronghold, trying to free their teammates. Meanwhile – Cyclops must fight to free himself from a particularly hellish mindscape. Can the X-Men win against Hydra when all hope is lost?

Review: X-Men Blue #9

It is worth noting that the cover art for X-Men: Blue #9 is by Art Adams and Peter Steigerwald, and is an homage to X-Men #50 – the first appearance of Polaris.

X-Men: Blue #9 follows the story of the original X-Men during the Secret Empire Event. They have come to the mutant nation of New Tian, and have been captured, all save for Jean Grey, Jimmy Hudson, and Danger.

X-Men Blue #9 detail

Polaris arrives at the behest of Magneto – as back-up to Jean and Jimmy as they go to free the other X-Men – and reunites with her former love, Havok – fighting him on the battlefield.

The X-Men break free, then search for Cyclops – who was last seen in the clutches of Emma Frost at the end of the last issue. Much to their surprise, they find him as a mindless puppet, controlled by the White Queen herself.

X-Men Blue #9 detailWe find out that she means to re-write Cyclops’ mind to make him more like the original Scott Summers – who is now dead – and that she has been so powerful because she has a cosmic cube fragment.

This story comes down to a great fight between the White Queen and Jean Grey, resulting in the X-Men’s escape from New Tian.

An interesting development is that the psi-battle between jean and Emma (with Cyclops in tow) resulted in a psychic link being formed between Scott and Jean.

This is not the first time this have happened between the pair, but does this mean that their relationship will evolve past that of being teammates?

Verdict: This comic was an enjoyable read. There was interesting artwork, good story development for it being a tie-in issue of Secret Empire, and it lays the groundwork for some interesting plot points in the future.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

Panel of the Week for Aug 18, 2017

Hats off to Nick Fury #5 from Marvel Comics – this week’s Crème De La Crème of comic book spectacularity!

Nick Fury (2017) #5This week’s Read A Comic Panel of the Week comes from Nick Fury #5 from Marvel Comics.

Panel of the Week for Aug 18, 2017

Title: Nick Fury #5
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: James Robinson
Art Team: Aco, Hugo Petrus, Rachelle Rosenberg

In the comic, Nick Fury is on vacation and stumbles on to a town that is a secret assassin training camp.

His mission: Eliminate every target in town.

Normally these two panels spread across two pages, but we followed the editor’s suggestion to get the full effect and placed two issues side by side to see the full spread!

Nick Fury (2017) #5 detail
Panel of the Week – Aug 18, 2017

Aco’s artwork is truly amazing and this full panel captures the energy, color, and style of Nick Fury’s world and wins the title of Panel of the Week!


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Setting Up a Round Table Podcast

Phil goes behind the scenes of the Read A Comic podcast for an in depth look at Setting Up a Round Table Podcast, including a history of past equipment.

In the newest addition to our growing YouTube library, Phil goes behind the scenes of the Read A Comic podcast for an in depth look at what we use when Setting Up a Round Table Podcast – including a history of past equipment.

Time now for…

Setting Up a Round Table Podcast: Behind the Scenes at Read A Comic

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Our list of current equipment includes:

  • Tascam DR-40 portable digital recorder
  • SoundCraft mixer
  • Zoom R-12 digital mixer/recorder
  • Senheiser e835 microphones

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Comics On Radar: Aug 12, 2017

This week’s Comics On Radar detected a Neil Gaiman Miracleman update, some key books to consider, and a reason to reconsider Valerian and all those planets.

Welcome to Comics on Radar, where I summarize the comics-related items that caught my on the interwebs over the past week. Up this week… Continue reading “Comics On Radar: Aug 12, 2017”