Tuesday, January 22, 2008

This week's comic expectations

This week, there's no question which part of the comicbook universe is taking centerstage. The question isn't whether or not the X-Men are in the spotlight, it's which X-Men comic is the biggest one?

In the left corner, weighing in at 202 pounds, the finale to the "Messiah Complex" crossover, X-Men #207.

In the right corner, weighing in at 215 pounds, representing the penultimate chapter in Joss Whedon's run on the title, Astonishing X-Men #24.

(crowd cheers)

Listen folks, at this point for both of these titles, I shouldn't have to be selling them to you. Either you've read them or didn't, and now is the time for the payoff.

Over in X-Men #207, we're waiting for a slew of answers, from what Cable will do with the baby to who the baby is to what will happen of Bishop to what will happen to Layla to where Professor X will stand now to how the X-Men become "divided" -- need I go on? This whole crossover has been one unanswered question after the other, mixed with a lot of fighting and crappy artwork. In order for this event to deliver, I am going to need to see one doozy of a finale.

Over in Astonishing X-Men #24, (if you remember what is going on), things have reached a fever pitch on the Breakworld, as we're still wondering which X-Man won't make it back (my money is on Kitty), still wondering if Colossus will take down the whole planet, and wondering if my boy Cyclops is going to get his visor back (let's hope!). While this is billed as the finale to the six-part arc, remember that Whedon is still penning the double-sized issue #25, in which the breakworld invades Earth, so the story isn't going to end quite yet. Oh, and did I mention that last issue is scheduled for APRIL?!?

Other highlights this week include Countdown #14 (for as crappy as it's been, we're going to see Prime vs. Monitors!), Teen Titans #55 (fallout from the future Titans in the last arc), Ultimate Fantastic Four #50 (Ultimate Thanos invading Earth!), and Ultimates 3 #2 (let's keep giving Loeb the benefit of the doubt for now).

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