Thirteen Thoughts About Ten Comics – All New X-Men, Superior Spider-Man, Dial H, Age Of Ultron, Phantom Stranger, Thanos Rising, Savage Dragon, Uber, Action Comics And Snow Angel

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Is it me, or has Wolverine been hanging around too much with Psylocke of late? Is that a Malcolm Tucker quote he’s partially using in today’s All New X-Men? Too much The Thick Of It boxset watching? Where does he find the time? I just hope that kind of language doesn’t spread.

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Too late, Caspar The Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Ghost is at it as well. He just doesn’t get fancy word balloon marks to hide it.

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Though his flesh-puppet note writing skills probably leave something to be desired.

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Over in Dial H they seem to have similar problems… well, if you do dial in the powers of The Flash without any way to control them, you know, stuff happens.

Superhero books get a weeny little political this week, first in Age Of Ultron, as he condemns Western society for its ultimate doom.

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Well, yes, I suppose they did create their own nemesis in Ultron. And now, by the looks of things, tyring to uncreate him. The clues are all there, look to the Vision…

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And while Phantom Stranger begins with the return of DiDio’s reality star Challengers Of The Unknown, now a music beat combo, it’s not all about the media…

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…it’s also about the politics with the one percenter creed getting an airing , the big pink monster as some kind of allegory. It may not be a very good one, but that’s partly the point.

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While Thanos Rising goes nuts deep into the Woman-As-Eve-The-Temptress trope that’s been going for a fair few thousand years. Old Thanos would have been okay if he hadn’t been pushed in a certain direction by a young woman…

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Savage Dragon tackles racial sensitivities, asking whether language such as this is acceptable when you seem to be fighting a monster such as this;

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A Fin Fang Fu Manchu?

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Uber #0 lets reminds us that all war stories need classical quotes from generals or philosophers or both.

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While a rather well told Action Comics goes right to the heart of the human condition, socio-politico economics, journalistic integrity in the modern age and hitting things. And then things hitting back.

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But my favourite of the week? Snow Angel from David Chelsea, a very fine cartoonist with the most delicious style somewhere between Frank Quitely and Jill Thompson. And, for soem reason, featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Peter Dinklage…

So… what have you been reading this week? Anything worth pointing out?