Astonishing Art: X-Men: The Animated Series by Julien Rico Jr

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen X-Men: The Animated Series. With X-Men ’97 coming up, I’m definitely due for a rewatch.

This piece by Julien Rico Jr. is more than enough to get you in the mood for said rewatch. You can practically hear the classic theme song just by looking at it. The characters look faithful to how they appeared on the show. But at the same time, Rico did his own thing. What’s not to love?

X-Men the Animated Series, Rico Jr

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An X-Terminators #2 Micro-Review – The Sharpshooter Applied!

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X-Terminators 2, cover, 2022, Federico Vicentini, Matt MillaTITLE: X-Terminators #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Carlos Gomez, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Federico Vincentini & Matt Milla.

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

X-Terminators continues to be fun. Even sexy, albeit in a low-brow sort of way.

This issue has a little bit of a pro wrestling flavor to it, to the point that Dazzler gets the Sharpshooter submission hold placed on her. That move hurts. I know from experience.

I also genuinely laughed at an exchange between Jubilee and Boom-Boom. The former mentions hubris, and the latter asks how she can be talking about circumcision at a time like this…

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Toy Chest Theater: Wolverine and Hulk by Michael David

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s not surprising that I’ve got Wolverine on the brain these days, what with the recent announcement about Hugh Jackman returning to play the character in Deadpool 3. The movie should be a lot of fun, and hopefully it winds up being something special.

Something else that’s a lot of fun? This shot from Michael David. Hulk and Logan go way back, as the latter made his first appearance in 1974’s The Incredible Hulk #185. Having Hulk be out of focus as he throws Wolvie toward the camera is a simple trick. But in this case, it’s effective. Also, the blood on the claws is a really nice touch. Perhaps more than anything else, it creates the vibe that these two are in the midst of a battle.

Wolverine, Hulk, melonseed_man, Michael David

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An X-Men Legends #2 Micro-Review – Wolverine vs. Beast…?

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X-Men Legends 2, cover, 2022, Kaare AndrewsTITLE: X-Men Legends #2
AUTHOR: Roy Thomas
ARTISTS:
Dave Wachter, Edgar Delgado (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kaare Andrews.

RELEASED: September 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue doesn’t exactly deliver on the promised fight between Wolverine and Beast. That kind of thing is a pet peeve of mine. So this issue left a sour taste in my mouth in that respect.

Still, there’s plenty to like here. Especially for old school Marvel fans. This issue and its predecessor serve as a bridge between Wolverine’s debut in 1974’s The Incredible Hulk #181 and 1975’s Giant-Size X-Men #1. And Dave Wachter and Edgar Delgado once again make it all look beautiful. So X-Men Legends #2 has a pretty big silver lining.

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Toy Chest Theater: Wolverine vs. T-Rex!

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Here we have an image that asks a question: Who would have the more terrifying roar: Wolverine or a T-Rex?

This image from Ian Saunders has a lot going for it. The simple figure choice and positioning both work well. The idea of a confrontation between these two is a great idea on its own. The bright yellow to dark orange background creates a nice and intense vibe, will also obviously invoking a sunrise. The glow it casts on Wolvie in particular is great. I also love the spittle around the T-Rex’s tongue, which adds that little extra touch of realism.

The really fun thing about this pic? You can hear it. Wolverine’s primal bellow mixed with the gargantuan T-Rex roar from Jurassic Park. It’s enough to give you chills.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #9 Micro-Review – Cut Me a Slice of that!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 9, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #9
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Patrick Gleason, Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Menyz.
RELEASED:
September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Patrick Gleason drawing both Spidey and Wolverine? Cut me a slice of that!

I wasn’t overly thrilled to see the X-Men in this issue, as I find their line of books is as impenetrable as ever for me as a novice to the mutant world. But still, having Spidey and MJ attend Krakoa’s Hellfire Gala is a fine way to bring them together.

Spidey wears a red and black suit to the affair, which apparently doubles as his equivalent to formal wear? I never knew he had a “black tie” costume…

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Toy Chest Theater: Wolverine by @SaiyanWolf4

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This image has a lot going for it. You’ve got Wolverine’s bright costume constrasted against the background. You’ve got the rich detail in the Sentinel figure at his feet. And are those light touches of blood I see?

But what really puts this pic by @SaiyanWolf4 over the top, for my money at least, is the positioning of the figure’s arms and head. Wolverine is looking at his hands, seemingly in awe of his own power. If he’d wanted to be more on-the-nose about it, he our photographer could have had the figure’s hands straight out and its head up. It would have been more dramatic, but necessarily not in a good way. Instead, he went for a more understated and subtle approach.

Subtlety isn’t really Wolverine’s strong suit. But it works for him here.

Wolverine, SaiyanWolf4

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An X-Men Legends #1 Micro-Review – Classic, Yet Modern

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X-Men Legends 1, cover, 2022, Kaare AndrewsTITLE: X-Men Legends #1
AUTHOR: Roy Thomas
ARTISTS:
Dave Wachter, Edgar Delgado (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kaare Andrews.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s obviously a treat to get something new from the legendary Roy Thomas, one of the architects of the Marvel Universe…

But as much as anything, it’s awesome to see Dave Wachter and Edgar Delgado’s work here. The former’s work is richly detailed. The latter uses a slightly darker color palette that evokes a classic Marvel tale, but also feels modern.

What’s more, there’s some nice meat on the bone here from a writing perspective. This issue wasn’t at the top of my stack this week. But it just might be my favorite of the week.

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A Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1 Micro-Review – Swatting Flies

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Ms. Marvel & Wolverine 1, cover, 2022, Sara Pichelli, Federico BleeTITLE: Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1
AUTHOR: Jody Houser
ARTISTS:
Ze Carlos, Erick Arciniega (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Sara Pichelli & Federico Blee.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the cover kind of indicates, this issue is more like Ms. Marvel & X-Men, as opposed to just Ms. Marvel & Wolverine. That’s a little disappointing for me, as I was hoping to see more of their personalities clashing.

What’s more, all these heroes don’t really do anything other than swat flies. Sure, they’re big robotic flies. And there a lot of them. But still.

It looks like this is the first installment of a multi-parter that sees Ms. Marvel work with a variety of Marvel heroes. So maybe they’re playing the long game with this one.

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Toy Chest Theater: Logan by Cap Wolf Photos

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a black and white cut of Logan, right? It’s on the Blu-Ray, isn’t it?

Either way, this shot from Cap Wolf Photos delightfully captures the spirit of James Mangold’s film, and Hugh Jackman’s final performance as the character. Is Logan talked about as one of the better comic book movies of the last decade? If not, it should be…

Logan, Wolverine, Cap Wolf Photos

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