Comic Book Reviews (Week Jan 29, 2020): X-Men Issue 5, X-Force Issue 6, and More!

X-Men Issue 5 review
X-Men Issue 5 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Welcome to my comic book review roundup for this week (January 29, 2020). As usual, I’ll be going over all of the titles I’ve read. My current review list includes X-Men Issue 5, Something is Killing the Children Issue 5, X-Force Issue 6, and more. So, let’s begin.

I’m going to open my comic book review roundup with X-Men Issue 5 from writer Jonathan Hickman. The latest issue continued with building the new word the mutants are in. There’s a whole lot of sci-fi elements present in Hickman’s story, and I enjoyed reading about humans trying to figure out ways to counter the evolutionary track mutants are on.

We got to see Cyclops leading a very important mission to send Laura, Synch, and Darwin into a mysterious world accessible through a Vault in the base of the Master Mold. Time flowed differently in that world, and that’s why mutants capable of ensuring their survival were selected. A few months in the present world meant hundreds had passed where the three-mutant team was sent.

I can’t wait to read what Hickman has in store for us! I also enjoyed the art from R.B. Silva. Just look at this panel!

X-Men Issue 5 review
X-Men Issue 5 (Image: Marvel Comics)

And I just know some fans are going to talk about whether or not Storm allowed herself to get hit. I don’t know about you, but the way Cyclops’ dialogue was displayed on the panel showing Storm taking a hit, it implied it was all part of his plan. Remember, he didn’t begin worrying about the mission after Laura, Synch, and Darwin were inside the Vault.

Ororo, being the one doing the most damage, had to go down for the Master Mold defensive system to think it had won and to believe Cyclops’ team was retreating. And you just know Ororo going “AAIIEEEEE!” was her being dramatic AF! She wasn’t even knocked out. Ha!

X-Men Issue 5 review
X-Men Issue 5 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Recommendation: PICK IT UP! 

New Mutants Issue 6 review
New Mutants Issue 6 (Image: Marvel Comics)

New Mutants Issue 6

It can be kind of weird to jump through stories when reading the New Mutants series. We have one arc following Sunspot and his friends in space (utilizing a style where he seems to be talking to the reader). The other arc has Armor and her mutant team trying to survive an attack from humans belonging to a huge cartel.

The latest issue brought Armor’s mission to a close (for now). I wasn’t expecting the number of deaths that occurred as well as how emotionally heavy this issue ended up being. I enjoyed how writer Ed Brisson handled Maxine and Manon when it came to how carelessly they used their powers to mind control others.

Recommendation: No need to pick it up if you aren’t interested in Armor’s mission.

X-Force Issue 6 review
X-Force Issue 6 (Image: Marvel Comics)

X-Force Issue 6

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. X-Force Issue 6, from writer Benjamin Percy and artist Stephen Segovia, showed Beast thinking too highly of his abilities to keep Krakoa safe. He thought he could control the mutant narrative around the world, and of course, he was wrong.

We have seen Beast make countless mistakes, including the one where he brought the original X-Men team from the past to the present timeline. Why does he keep getting more chances?

While this isn’t my favorite book from the new X-Men titles, I think there are some plot points I would like to see progress.

Recommendation: Meh!

Suicide Squad Issue 2 review
Suicide Squad Issue 2 (Image: DC Comics)

Suicide Squad Issue 2

I’m not sure if I will be continuing with this title from writer Tom Taylor. Forcing two teams to work together is an enjoyable premise. But considering we know characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot aren’t going to die, I’m not sure if this story has anything new to offer.

Recommendation: Meh!

Go Go Power Rangers Issue 28 review
Go Go Power Rangers Issue 28 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Go Go Power Rangers Issue 28

Writer Ryan Parrott continues to treat Power Rangers fans with quality. The latest issue featured Rita Repulsa and her minions being punished. The rehabilitation program was customized for each individual. While some of the minions weren’t really punished, seeing Rita being forced to experience the lives of the people she had killed was delicious.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Something is Killing the Children Issue 5 review
Something is Killing the Children Issue 5 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Something is Killing the Children Issue 5

While the jury is still out when it comes to how comic book readers feel about writer James Tynion IV‘s take on the solo Batman comic book, I think we can all agree Something is Killing the Children is amazing.

The latest issue offered some answers while giving rise to even more questions. We got to learn a bit about the organization Erica works for as well as why many adults can’t see killer monsters.

There were a number of unexpected twists to help amp the horror and thrill. Everything was dynamically brought to life (on panel) by artists Werther Dell’Edera and colorist Miquel Muerto. The final panel made it seem the story is ready to give a different meaning to the name of this comic book and I can’t wait to read what happens next. I want this series to become a TV series so bad.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Which comic books did you read this week? Did you enjoy X-Men Issue 5? Are you reading Something is Killing the Children? 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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