X-Men

X-Men: Blue #1

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2017

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X-Men: Blue #1 comic reviewI’ve been of the opinion that the time-displaced team of original X-Men has long outlived its usefulness. Brought to the present by the Beast in an attempt to control Cyclops, their purpose for being in their own future died with Cyclops (and most of my interest in the X-Men).

X-Men: Blue reuintes the original team, who got scattered a bit in recent events. Back together with Jean Grey in command, the team has a new mission statement (but sadly no X-23, whose relationship with Angel was one of the few bright moments to come out of the group’s time-travel misadventures). X-Men: Blue #1 sees the team take on Black Tom Cassidy (who apparently isn’t as 70s singer-songwriter) and the Juggernaut, the later being the more interesting battle of the two. Ending the fight to send one of their oldest enemies to Hell, it appears the Beast has learned something from his older self about moral ambiguity.

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X-Men: Prime #1

by Alan Rapp on April 6, 2017

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X-Men: Prime #1 comic reviewX-Men: Prime #1 is a good, if pricey, single comic. It does nothing to convince me to continue reading the series or any of Marvel’s constantly shifting X-books, but it does offer Kitty Pryde a nice moment or two and establish a new base for the core X-Men team. As to just who that core team is… that’s bit unclear. Kitty and Storm seem to be sticking around, but the time-displaced X-Men (you know, the ones who should have been returned to their time years ago?) have their own agenda, and Marvel still hasn’t filled the gaping holes the lose of Cyclops and Professor X have had on all the X-Men titles (and likely never will without bring them back).

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Legion – Chapter 8

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Legion – Chapter 8
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Legion - Chapter 8 television review

With the final episode of the show’s First Season, Legion wraps up David‘s (Dan Stevens) internal battle with the Shadow King (Quinton Boisclair) and also returns a familiar face from early in the series. I was more than a little surprised to see how much time was given to Hamish Linklater‘s character to open this episode. We see his home life, his recovery, his thirst for revenge, and his front-row seat from David’s battle for control of his mind. After David takes care of the first wave of their soldiers without breaking a sweat, Division 3 spends spends most of the episode as passive spectators, unsure what exactly is happening. In many ways they are the stand-in for the audience.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

by Alan Rapp on March 2, 2017

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray reviewIt’s somewhat amazing that between X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine that 20th Century Fox didn’t manage to destroy their X-Men movie franchise. For Throwback Thursday we take a look back at the first of the Wolverine standalone films. X-Men Origins: Wolverine delves into the unexplored past of Logan (Hugh Jackman) while continuing to refuse to quite nail down the exact date of his birth. Not fitting in at all with the timeline of the other X-Men films, the movie has been largely ignored in current continuity (although one important aspect does return in Logan).

Along with a brief introduction of Logan as a child, and a montage of him working with Team X, the story jumps forward to events which will pull him out of his quiet life in the Canadian wilderness with Silverfox (Lynn Collins) and lead to both his adamantium upgrade and events which will cause him to lose memories of his past.

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Logan

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2017

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  • Title: Logan
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Logan movie reviewFinally learning that bigger isn’t always better (see X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: The Last Stand), 20th Century Fox has moved away from the super-sized team film. With both Logan and Legion (FX’s new series based around the X-Men character of the same name), the X-Men universe is taking some interesting turns with a darker tone and smaller character-driven stories. Logan may not be as entertaining as Deadpool, but it definitely ranks as one of the better X-Men films (and easily the best of the Wolverine standalone movies).

Set more than a decade in the future, Logan gives us a Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) we haven’t seen before. Inspired by Old Man Logan, the Logan we see has aged considerably since the events of Days of Future Past and his healing factor has begun to fail him. In a world where mutants are all but extinct, Logan works as a limousine driver making ends meet and keeping himself, Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) out of the limelight. Of course that changes when a young girl (Dafne Keen) with very similar abilities to his own shows up on his doorstep hunted by those who want her dead.

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