The Sunday Pages #54

19th April 2009 | by | No Comments

This week’s capsule reviews cover Captain America #49, Rampaging Wolverine #1, X-Factor #42, X-Men Legacy #223!

Review: Captain America #49
With the filler arcs out of the way, Ed Brubaker thankfully begins to defrost the book’s ongoing story with this recap issue cantered on Sharon Carter, whose breaking of her conditioning is the perfect excuse to summarise the book’s classic two year story arc. It’s a very well written affair, skilfully managing to provide the needed background for Carter to carry the book in the absence of its title character. The only black mark against the book is the suggestion that the use made of the Red Skull’s mysterious “Cube” may have been to resurrect Steve Rogers. We’ve been here before, with the fake-out appearance of the 1950s Cap, and there are only so many times this particular card can be played. [JHa]

Review: Rampaging Wolverine #1
It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that there’s a Wolverine movie coming out soon. As a result, Wolverine comics have been even more ubiquitous than usual. Alongside this week’s Wolverine: Noir #1, you’ve got the opportunity to pick up Rampaging Wolverine. The gimmick for this book is that it’s all done in black and white. Other than that, it’s a standard anthology, and for the most part, reads like one, witha¬† couple of good moments and a bunch of not so good ones – particularly the lead story where Wolverine kills someone by making them dig a hole in the sand, then burying them and waiting for the sea to come in. It’s all a bit Garth Ennis’ Punisher. As with every other Wolverine anthology released over the last year, it’s fairly unremarkable and seems to be aimed purely at the two extreme ends of the market – Wolverine completists at one end, and at the other, those who only want to read a single Wolverine comic a year. It might, at a push, also interest people who are unusually charmed by monochrome art. The rest of us can safely skip it. [JHu]

Review: X-Factor #42
It’s a little disappointing that David’s commitment to “shocking moments in every issue” fizzled out so quickly, as the last two have both relied on readers being unfamiliar with characters who previously appeared in the Layla Miller one-shot. That’s not to say the issue’s bad – purely as an X-Men nerd, it’s enjoyable to see David finally putting some events behind the “Summers Rebellion” name, which was occasionally thrown around by Bishop in the 90s without ever being expanded upon. In a more general sense, the return of Layla Miller has put some real energy back into the series, though the development of non-Madrox subplots – including one intriguing moment with Longshot – is more than welcome after the series recent focus on its main cast member. [JHu]

Review: X-Men Legacy #223
X-Men Legacy, the odd excellent issue, has been fairly meandering in its plotlines, so It’s good to see Carey’s ongoing arc about Rogue finally coming to some sort of conclusion – whether it needed to do so by tying in her story with Danger and some Shi’ar is debatable – Danger’s assertion that she staked out Rogue because she knew the Professor would eventually seek her out is fraught with circular reasoning, but on the other hand, Carey does manage to inject some credible motivation behind Xavier’s decision to “lobotomise” the character, something Joss Whedon glossed over. As a Rogue fan, I find this issue’s cliffhanger positively nail-biting – though largely because I’m almost afraid to see what Carey’s done. It’s taken a while for the arc get to this moment, but at least it’s starting to feel worth it. [JHu]