Comic Book Reviews (Week March 30, 2022): Immortal X-Men Issue 1, Dark Ages Issue 6 & More

Immortal X-Men Issue 1 review
Immortal X-Men Issue 1 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Welcome to my comic book review round-up for the week of March 30, 2022. I didn’t read a lot of comics this week. Do better, comic book publishers! But anyway, I will be reviewing Immortal X-Men Issue 1, Dark Ages Issue 6, Something Is Killing The Children Issue 21, and more!

Let’s start with Immortal X-Men Issue 1. The debut issue, by writer Kieron Gillen and artists Lucas Werneck & David Curiel, was all about Krakoa’s Quiet Council trying to select a new member after Magneto decided to step down and move to Arakko. Magneto being in Arakko will come to play in the upcoming Storm-led X-Men Red comic book series that I’m very excited to read.

While I’m not a fan of Sinister, I liked how the story in Immortal X-Men Issue 1 unfolded from his perspective, linking to something Destiny whispered in his ear back in 1919. Even though Sinister’s devilishly smart, he’s got his weaknesses, and I think Gillen did a good job of showcasing that. This series served as the first step in a new direction for the X-Men franchise, and I’m looking forward to what Marvel Comics has planned for the mutants.

The auditions to fill Magneto’s seat were fun to watch. I liked Selene making the case that she should be selected because, after Apocalypse left, none of the current members knew about magic and that made the Quiet Council quite vulnerable. I would have liked to see Selene mention Storm’s magical heritage, though, and how she felt Ororo was wasting that part of her powerset.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Dark Ages issue 6 review
Dark Ages Issue 6 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Dark Ages Issue 6

Dark Ages Issue 6 by writer Tom Taylor felt like a very rushed finale. I have a feeling Taylor had a lot planned for this Elseworlds story, but couldn’t find the time to really bite into it all. I wonder if something happened behind the scenes due to Taylor going DC exclusive? Hmmm. Anyway, it did give us a single panel of Storm blocking Captain Marvel’s energy beam with a lightning bolt.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Meh!

something is killing the children issue 21 review
Something Is Killing The Children Issue 21 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Something Is Killing The Children Issue 21

Something is Killing the Children Issue 21, from writer James Tynion IV, returned with a new arc featuring a handful of never-before-seen characters and a vicious enemy. Kudos to Tynion for making me feel invested in the current cast, with our lead Erica Slaughter only appearing in the final two pages. I’m here for Erica helping Gabi and doing her best to uncover the mystery behind what brutal killing of Gabi’s family. The story taking place in Tribulation, New Mexico also helped set it apart from the previous events that occurred in Archer’s Peak.

As far as the enemy’s concerned, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s some kind of human-monster hybrid. The entity was giving me Resident Evil. Artists Werther Dell’Edera and Miquel Muerto did an impressive job of keeping the enemy hidden and making the panels exude a sinister vibe.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP

edgar allan poe snifter of death issue 6 review
Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death Issue 6 (Image: AHOY Comics)

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death Issue 6

I was provided with a free digital copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death Issue 6 for review. The opinions I have shared are my own.

The final issue of the latest season offered some interesting tales taking a jab at the state of our current world. From writer Brian Schirmer and artists Ryan Kelly & Paul Little, ‘Putting the D in DC’ gave us a story where the American people decided to elect the Grim Reaper as the new President. Like, what the heck? Ha!

Well-written satire makes you think, and that’s what ‘Putting the D in DC’ will have you do. There’s an important message in here about taking elections seriously and how running a country is quite a tough job, even if you’re a powerful being like Death.

‘Silence, A Fable’ by writer Paul Constant and artists John Lucas & Felipe Sobreiro was a satirical short story about social media. It had Edgar Allan Poe, wanting silence, being taken into the future to experience the continuous sound of people sharing their opinions and content online. I liked how Constant didn’t necessarily take sides when it came to social media discourse. Also, from what I could understand, the short story displayed that you should be careful what you wish for. Poe wanted silence, but the social media experience helped put certain things in perspective. 

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: Pick it up.

Which comic books did you read this week? What did you think of Immortal X-Men Issue 1?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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