Happy Halloween! I opted to call in sick with the full expectation of being lazy until it's time to take the girls trick-or-treating. Daddy wants some reece cups! As for comics, I picked up four new issues plus some more back issues of Daredevil (so now I've bought 14 to now plus the Annual, which wasn't that great). I've cut so much of late and my wife still budgets me at a full $100 a month that I can work toward getting what I've missed. Sadly, my shop is hit and miss from this point on, only having 6-8, 10.1, and 11, and that's it. They're also out of the Omega Drive issues of Punisher and Avenging Spider-Man. I'll have to do some ebaying. And now, on to the new ones: X-Men Legacy 275 - Last issue. Ever since I was a kid I had this thought... "How wierd will it be when X-Men hits issue 300, the first issue of Uncanny that I ever bought?!" Well, now I'll never know. I guess I can count issue 25 of X-Men Legacy (vol. 2) as issue 300 but it's not as fun... if it even makes it to 25. I wonder though... with Marvel NOW... will they relaunch to 300 with issue 25? Or perhaps with issue 21 if sales are bad and they count AoA's Amazing X-Men 1-4? As for the issue, it's about on par with the rest of Gage's run. I liked that it focused on Mimic and hated that he left the team at the end of the issue. Mimic was always one of those characters that I wanted to see get a push. I was stoked when he joined the team and he's done absolutely nothing since then. So his leaving now was a complete bummer. To be honest though, he likely wasn't going to be showing up post-Gage anyway so at least he got a send off. The issue itself was fine. Rogue and Mimic are all that's available to stop a prison break and there's some conversation regarding whether Mimic would find himself like Rogue did, in a group, or individually without powerful personalities to pull from. It makes sense, and really, what's the point in having Mimic around when you have Rogue. Sadly, I think Gage gave a very good reason in this issue before sending Mimic away.... he's basically in the spot that Rogue filled for years... the power copier who couldn't find himself. He could have been a great character to have on the team, maybe over in Wolverine & the X-Men, but alas, he's gone. Sucks. For what it was, the issue should have been a bigger deal. Sadly, it was forgetable. Wolverine & the X-Men 19 - This was a great issue. Wolverine and Rachel Grey hunting down the Hellfire kids due to their shooting Broo. It's small beans until the end where they find a gift left by the kids... a bunch of freshly dug graves prepared for the Jean Grey Academy students. Now THAT'S a way to declare war on the X-Men! Beast is trying to save Broo's life. His heart is beating but he's brain dead. He can't get it going again and so he contacts some help in the form of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, and... wait for it... PETER PARKER! I was totally stoked about that. Mr. Parker from Horizon Labs was put in the brain trust with Beast, Tony, and Reed. That was a totally cool little thing for Aaron to do. Me likey. I was frustrated last issue when Husk left. As a Generation X fan I get frustrated when they get dissed. Her joining this book got me stoked, nothing came of it, and then she left. Well, it seems more is happening. She's really starting to freak out and, to me, she doesn't sound like herself. I'm starting to wonder if she's using Toad (who has an interesting seen of frustration in the issue) for some sinister purpose, and I'm hoping it's not her in control. I'm curious where this goes. And speaking of Generation X, even Chamber got a one panel cameo! Give him more dang it! Also, Angel reclaims Worthington Enterprises with the help of Matt Murdock, puts the Jean Grey Academy kids in charge as the board of trusties, and then mentions something about a new calling with the newly appearing mutants. The main story though seems to be Kitty Pryde interviewing people to replace Husk and ultimately adds Storm to the roster. The fun though were the other applicants. So, besides Mr. Fantastic, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Daredevil... we had guest stars: Blade, Hellstorm, Puck, Sasquatch, Longshot, Dr. Nemesis, Gorilla-Man, Ghost Rider, Deadpool, Werewolf by Night, Firestar, and Fat Cobra. To be honest, Spider-Man, Sasquatch, and Firestar would likely have been great teachers at the school. Fat Cobra would have been fun to see (as he once taught an all-girls college class in martial arts, mostly just for the view). But of course, as previously announced, we get Storm. It was fun anyway. So yeah... all this in one issue. Aaron really makes that extra buck worth it. AvsX: Consequences 4 - I've missed the past two issues of this series so for the first time in years I actually read the recap page. The issue ended up being good and I'm annoyed at having missed those issues. I'll have to find them somewhere. This reads as if Gillen pretty much just continued his Uncanny X-Men run here (minus the Unit plot, which is a shame). For the first time since Schism we see Wolverine's respect for Scott. It also looks like Magneto is taking the villainous turn again and it feels authentic, and he's taking Danger and Magik with him. I also liked Namor's side of the Phoenix thing. I thought that quick scene was well done. All in all this issue reminded me of why I liked Gillen's run. His last two pages of the final issue killed me but at least he can redeem himself here. I'll have to call my comic shop next week and have them put a copy in my file for me. They sold out of this title in the first 4 hours of the day the past two weeks and were nearly out today after only 1 hour. Crazy. Justice League Dark Annual 1 - And the first major arc of Lemire's run is concluded, leading into the next. In addition to the main crew, Constatine pulls in help in the form of Amethyst, Frankenstein, and Andrew Bennett. Then, alongside Deadman, Madame Xanadu, Black Orchid, and Tim Hunter, Constatine and his people march to war to find the Books of Magic and to save Zatanna. They take on Faust, Dr. Mist, Blackbriar Thorn, Black Boris, and legions of grunts and have a final conflict with the main villain, Nick Necro. Ultimately, the Books of Magic are found and opened, which leads to a bit of a cliffhanger ending. I like that the villains are defeated but are noticably still awake and alert at the end, making their story not quite over. I'm hoping for a redeeming story for Dr. Mist. I've grown to like him a great deal. I have to say, this title is easily in my top 3 favorite titls and it just keeps creeping higher on that list. Lemire is an amazing writer and Janin's art is possibly my favorite to look at at the moment, and that's saying a lot. I want this guy on X-Men (being the X-Men fan that I am). Best and Worst of the Week Best: Justice League Dark - This and W&tXM were pretty close but I think this one won me over a bit more. It was just a solid read that I loved. And to think... I nearly dropped this book. Worst: X-Men Legacy - While not a bad issue it wasn't anywhere NEAR the level of the rest. I felt that, as a final issue to the current longest running consecutive title, it needed to be bigger. Starring only Rogue and Mimic in a forgettable story was the wrong approach. Editorial needed to step in and make Gage step it up. They needed a larget cast, larger spotlight, and a villain that'll make you remember how this series went out. This one felt like one of those short stories in some X-Men anthology that you read and promptly forget. Very disappointing. I'm eager for Legion's book. It'll hopefully be much less mundaine than Gage and the majority of Carey's run.