Comic Crush Saturday: June 15, 2019
Welcome to Comic Crush Saturday, our bi-weekly feature focused on the graphic elements of the book world. Comics became a huge part of my life a few years ago when I started reviewing them (and comic related TV shows) on Forever Young Adult. I’ve maintained a pulllist through my local comic shop, Isotope Comics, and even got Kelly to start one ;). You’ll find mini-reviews, what we’ve read recently, and more so check it out!
Featured Review of the Week
This is the story of one of the X-Men’s most beloved characters, Jean Grey, as she evolves into the iconic DARK PHOENIX. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all. Wrestling with this increasingly unstable power as well as her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy the very fabric of our planet. The film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movie ever made. It is the culmination of 20 years of X-Men movies, as the family of mutants that we’ve come to know and love must face their most devastating enemy yet — one of their own.
Look, I know Dark Phoenix is getting completely shit on by critics but I actually liked this movie. I don’t have the years of history with Jean Grey so my thoughts are not around her canon and how the comics were better (maybe they were?). Many thanks to Jana for taking me for my birthday!
I enjoyed the original X-Men series and I’ve really loved the latest trilogy. It was a different take than last time and I appreciated us not reinventing (ahem, Batman). Each of the characters made me want more of them and each actor brought something unique to their role.
So here’s five reasons why Dark Phoenix is more than the negative reviews it’s getting:
- Nightcrawler. He gets some quality moments in this movie and I’m here for it.
- Personal Demons. We all have them. Jean has them. In Dark Phoenix, they’re coming for her and if you can’t relate to that, I don’t know what to tell you.
- Softer Mystique. I absolutely love how J Law plays Mystique and this movie gives her such a soft balance, especially next to Charles. A big difference from the first trilogy.
- High Stakes. The whole planet is at risk here! Will the X-Men save it? Even though the non-mutants aren’t always as appreciative, the X-Men continue to show us that they really can be a better version of humanity. We don’t all need to fit in.
- Female Driven. Mystique quips about how they should be named the X-(wo)Men and SHE IS NOT WRONG. 10/10 would watch this.
What We Can’t Wait For
I met Frank at SDCC last year and can’t wait for Psi-Lords!
Who are the cosmic beings known only as the Psi-Lords? And how will they change the course of the Universe in this brand-new ongoing series?
Four astronauts awake in an otherworldly prison with no memory of how they got there! What is their connection to the Psi-Lords? And how will they escape?
Best News of the Week
WB launching an all female executive team? Maybe I’ll get back into watching their stuff. Maybe.
I’m not caught up on the last Silver Surfer series (send me your shame!) but the latest started this week and I can’t wait to read it!