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Full solicitations listing here.

Thoughts:
- Oh look, yet another artist for X-Men. Matteo Buffagni, whom I'm not familiar with but whose work looks fine. That's six artists in 17 issues, unless I've missed one: Coipel, Lopez, Dodson, Anka, Mann, Buffagni. That seems excessive. I'd care more if the writing hadn't become such a complete train wreck.

- Rock He-Kim is back on X-Force; apparently the Jorge Molina issues were just fill-in. Feh.

- I know just enough about Runaways to be mad about the Avengers Undercover solicit.

- Meanwhile, the solicit for Black Widow:
BLACK WIDOW #8
NATHAN EDMONDSON (W) • PHIL NOTO (A/C)
• On a snowy night in Prague, Natasha must fight her way out of disaster alongside the WINTER SOLDIER!

Given... events, I wonder if this is flashback issue, or...?

- The Moon Knight cover is sooooo pretty.

- IDC about Cyclops, but "Young Cyclops has space adventures with his space pirate father" is the kind of premise I can get behind. Also, Greg Rucka. I await reports.

- Has anyone read any of the new Wolverine & the X-Men? I got reeeally tired of the old one, but the new looks to be putting more emphasis on characters I care about while toning down the zaniness a lot.
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More A+X. Not actually spoilery, but cut for length. Again, the shtick is two Avengers, two X-men, half an issue per pairing.

A+X #10 )

A+X #8 )

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I started reading Wolverine & the X-Men on an anon recommendation that promised mutant academy hijinks and headmaster!Logan wearing clunky sweaters with shoulder pads. I would never have guessed that that was what it was about. I mean, just look at these covers; do those say "day-to-day mutant school activities" to you? (Insert "Marvel is dumb about marketing" rant here.)

But lo! It is indeed largely adorable. I'm reading this for the humor more than anything, and there is a fair bit of that. I found the first issue particularly delightful.

I skipped most of the Avengers vs. X-Men stuff (which, that seriously went on for eight months last year? How did anyone stand it?). I also could do with more female characters in the main rotation; out of fourteen characters pictured in the front, usually ~five are women, which makes me sad, because there are girl students in the background - Bling and Blindfold come to mind - that I wouldn't mind seeing more of. Really, does anyone need another panel with Kid Gladiator ever again? No. No, they do not.

I could also do without the kid villains of the Hellfire Club. They're one-dimensional and annoying. (To be fair, I have consistently found villains to be the weakest story elements in the superhero comics I've read so far. There was a Fantastic Four collection in which all FF's biggest villains had a powwow, and I just, I could not. They were all so silly. I guess if my heroes get to wear silly costumes and still have characterization, my villains ought to able to as well, but I usually can't tell that there's any characterization there beyond Has Evil, Will Travel.)

One of the things that this series does help with is put names to faces that I see in, for example, Wood's new X-Men. So there's Glob Herman and Evan/Genesis/Kid Apocalypse and Quentin Quire and Doop. (Evan is clearly tragic; Doop is not as funny as the comic wants him to be, but I enjoyed his guest issue well enough. Quentin Quire can go jump in a bog.)

Also, Idie! I happen to have read the Hope Summers-centric volume where Idie is first introduced, so I was pleased to see her again. However, I am actually really ticked about her treatment in this book. spoilers )

Still, I am enjoying this title, and I've got another four issues before I run out on Marvel Unlimited. So.

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