This week, the Schism that will tear apart the X-Men gets bigger and more DC comics experience their final issue before the relaunch in September. It’s a pretty good week, so let’s get started!
X-Men Schism #3
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Daniel Acuna
Schism is really just setting up the events that will cause the X-Men to split into two teams. Sort of like the “Gold” and “Blue” teams in the 90s, one team will be in X-Men Legacy, and the other in a new book titled Wolverine and the X-Men. To do this, they re-invented the Hellfire Club with a group of twelve-year-olds and malfunctioning Sentinels all around the world.
This issue shows us Idie saving the day, and once again Wolvie and Cyclops face off…but don’t come to blows just yet. They keep teasing us, but that face off between the two at the end is the best part of the issue.
I still don’t buy twelve-year-olds causing all this trouble for the X-Men. Twenty years from now this event will probably be looked back on as a joke that people won’t believe happened.
The art. I’m sorry. but it almost seems as if the art in each issue is getting worse.
Fear Itself: Deadpool #3 (of 3)
Written by: Christopher Hastings
Art by: Bong Dazo
Everyone seems to get caught up in Fear Itself, but Deadpool’s involvement is classic ‘Pool. The Merc with a Mouth is a comic everyone should check out for a bit of relief from the seriousness that surrounds most superhero books these days. For the Fear Itself event, Wade gets caught up fighting the Walrus with a werewolf hammer, and as you could expect it’s awesome.
The whole thing ends before we get some Deadpool vs werewolf action. It’s a tease. I want to see that story so bad. Could you imagine how awesome it would be to see Deadpool fighting werewolves? The Twilight quips would be worth it for that alone!
Nothing ugly here, it’s Deadpool!
Green Lantern Corps #63
Written by: Scott Kolins
Art by: Various
After last issue’s “filler” story, what do we get for the final issue of Green Lantern Corps? Another filler issue. Yup. Nothing really good here except the last two pages.
It’s a filler issue, and while it will likely lead into the stories being told after the relaunch, it’s a forgettable issue. Sort of dealing with the aftermath of the War of the Green Lanterns and the Alpha Lanterns, the issue comes and goes and there’s nothing really memorable about it and nothing really major happens.
$2.99 for a filler story like this. It should have been a sub-story in a normal issue.
Written by: Fabian Nicieza
Art by: Various
As with Green Lantern Corps #63, the final issue of Batman is also a filler story. However, for Batman fans this one is great. And in fact, if you’re planning to read Batman in the relaunch; start with this issue. Framed as a story being told to some kids at the Wayne Foundation, it recaps the history of Batman and all of the Robins up to Dick and Damian. It’s a love letter to the history of The Dark Knight.
It’s written by Fabian Nicieza, and for that your mileage may vary. Some people like him, others still won’t forgive him for ripping Wolverine’s adamantium out in the 90s.
Nothing really to complain about this issue, honestly. It’s pretty solid.