Comics Review: It’s a Good Week in Comics! Checkout Nowhere Man, Wolverine and the X-Men Alpha & Omega, and the Final Issue of X-23

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Nowhere Man

This new Dynamite Entertainment/Liquid Comics science fiction comic book was a fresh feeling rendition of some of the classic genre tropes. From the creative mind of screenwriter and TV producer Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern, No Ordinary Family) this long-in-coming project has finally come to be with the help of artist Jeevan J Kang.

“I’m thrilled this project is finally seeing the light of day. It’s always been one that’s near and dear to my heart and I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a writer in the interim, so I’m really looking forward to tackling this concept and helping to create a new and vibrant science-fiction universe,” commented Guggenheim.

Nowhere Man takes place during the 26th century in a world where the government, through a database known as the ‘Omnimind’, knows every illegal or violent thought of each individual of the world. This means that to get into a fist fight will cause the perpetrator a level of pain – the larger the crime, the higher the punishment until it kills you. Using this system, crime has been virtually wiped away. On the other hand, so has any semblance of privacy.

Mason is the only individual to be born free of the Omnimind’s vigilance. His freedom came at the price of genetic experiments done to his mother by his father. She was a willing lab rat who died in the process of his birth due to her genetic manipulation. Though haunted, once Mason’s father realizes that their sacrifice worked and Mason was free from the eye of the Omnimind, he knows it was all worth it.

Mason is physically trained in bad-ass and we watch as he makes his first mission to the main lands of this world to begin his mission – a mission we are not yet clear as to what exactly it entails. We know, though, he needs a bomb. But government agent Alexis Shavra knows that someone is evading the system, and she’s hot on his trail

This book delivered more in the way of originality than I had expected upon randomly picking it up. The art is the usual quality of Liquid Comics, and fits well with the tone of the story. The narrative itself gets a little jarring as the scenes go back and forth from present time to flashbacks through Mason’s life from his crib all the way up to “sixteen minutes ago.” But all in all, a lot of information was successfully transmitted in an organized fashion setting a complex scene in a limited amount of pages.

This is a good read for any sci-fi fans in the house who want something a little less main-stream.

 

Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega #1 of 5

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from this issue – and it provided more than I would have anticipated. Quentin Quire has annoyed me with his lack of a point for existing since Grant Morrison was at the helm. But in this particular new mini-series, he is messing with Wolverine’s mind in a way that actually has perked my interest. Quire, the most arrogant little shit in the world with a heap of insecurity issues buried under his layers of politically expressive tee-shirts and his pink, wispy mohawk, has decided that he wants free of his confinement at the Jean Grey School for Gifted Youngsters and is ready to take Wolverine down to gain control. He has spent a long while constructing an entire video-game like world where he has mentally shoved Logan and set him on perilous psychological adventures.

Innocent bi-stander Armor will be Wolverine’s young female sidekick for this miniseries. In the mental fabrication of reality, the two are in the middle of a “mission” delivering some “cargo” when they are continually attacked throughout the streets of … well, somewhere in Wolverine’s mind. Wolverine has hismutation  powers, yet he was completely unaware of them until the claws surprisingly popped from his hands, adding to his confusion.

As Quire is getting away with mental murder here, I can’t help but wonder why Rachel Grey can’t seem to feel the disturbance. She knows he is up to something, yet she doesn’t sense the mental upheaval he’s causing – which I didn’t quite get.

A point I did like, however, was that the art in this issue changes between the “real world” and Quire’s fabricated world – using totally different artists, which was rather cool and a nice delineating aspect between the two running plots.

So this is yet another X-Men title, and probably not the most necessary purchase of your week. But it certainly was entertaining, and there will only be five issues in this mini, so if you are looking for a nice, confined X-Men plot, this would be a good option.

 

X-23 #20

I’m reviewing this issue as a salute to Marjorie Liu . This issue will be the last of this cancelled series. X-23 has been a steadily well-written look into the development of X-23. She has gone from human weapon to a girl who, while still a little too eager to be lethal, has some semblance of emotions and is willing to continue exploring herself to figure out what those emotions mean.

This final issue has a lot of focus into what X-23’s next step will be now that the X-Men are mid-schism. She is decidedly more close to Wolverine, yet his philosophies of children not fighting does not quite fit in with her lifestyle. While she is out on the town with the Jubilee (all vampired-up)some rather unimportant action ensues leading up to the Black Widow approaching X-23 and offering her a position in the Avengers Academy. While she doesn’t give a direct answer in the issue, she does refuse both Wolverine and Cyclops. We also see an advertisement for her involvement in the upcoming 6-issue event “Venom”, where she will star with some pretty unsavory characters.

This issue, as I have said, also features X’s friend Jubilee. Jubes is a great compliment for the serious, brooding Laura. She seems to have a great knack for pointing out Laura’s over-seriousness in a way that makes everything balance to the appropriate level. Liu has always been great with playing characters into and around the development of X-23. But Lui can’t take all the credit here. Phil Noto was the artist and he absolutely captures the characters via their physically drawn depictions making it a well-rounded experience.

As this series comes to an end, I have recommended trying to get your hands on it if you haven’t already!

 

 

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