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!

Review: Daredevil (2015) #18 from Marvel Comics

All things Purple rain down on Matt Murdock as Charles Soule and team deliver another entertaining chapter in Daredevil (2015) #18 from Marvel Comics.

Daredevil (2015) #18Title: Daredevil (2015) #18
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Charles Soule
Art Team: Ron Garney, Matt Milla, Clayton Cowles
Editor: Mark Paniccia
On Comic Racks: March 15, 2017

Solicitation: Daredevil’s identity hasn’t always been a secret like it is now. In fact, there’s one MAN to thank for that…

Daredevil (2015) #18 Review

There has been a big mystery hovering over the Daredevil comic ever since the debut of this newest volume, and that is: how did Daredevil’s secret identity become secret again? In the past volume, everyone knew Matt Murdock was Daredevil. So how did he do it?

Daredevil #18The answer, although not truly revealed yet… may lie with Zebediah Killgrave – the Purple Man. If you’ve watched Jessica Jones on Netflix, then you know the Purple Man has the power of persuasion – and through the use pf pheromones, can control people with the sound of his voice.

We see the back story of how he escapes imprisonment and is not out causing trouble again. We also learn of the Purple Children – remnants of many love affairs left unattended. Also, when the Purple Children are around, the Purple Man’s powers increase.

Daredevil #18Two of these Purple Children run to Daredevil for help because they believe that their father has captured the rest of their purple brethren. Daredevil finds Killgrave in the midst of a machine that incorporates the purple children’s powers into his, and the comic ends on a cliffhanger – with Daredevil under his thrall.

What is next for the man without fear? I don’t know, but I am looking forward to it!

Verdict: Daredevil (2015) #18

4.5 out of 5 stars.