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Logan is bar-none one of the best superhero films I have ever experienced -- or, at least, it's one of my favorite superhero films, which is not something I thought I'd ever say about a Fox movie (short of Fox figuring out how to make a Fantastic Four vehicle where Doctor Doom is actually the despotic science-wizard ruler of a small European country). I knew I'd be a little biased going into it, because Laura Kinney is on my god tier of Marvel characters, but shit that was a good movie.

I think it falls into the same category of superhero films as Guardians or Iron Man or even Deadpool; the writers and director and lead actors all had a particular story they wanted to tell and a particular tone they wanted to capture, and they were allowed to pursue that vision without undue interference from the studio (and, in some cases, were willing to fight to be allowed to pursue that vision). The results are striking because they're specific rather than broad.

Anyway, this one is definitely going in the buy pile, and I don't even own Captain America: Civil War, which is definitely one of the better Iron Man movies out there.
 
 
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1. I’m so excited that Marvel is building their next generation Brain Trust™ almost entirely out of women. I read the Moon Girl issue with Ironheart and then immediately followed that with Unstoppable Wasp #2, and it’s so so great, I love Brain Trust characters, I love that we’re finally seeing the emphasis pulled away from Traditional White Smart Dudes like Tony and Reed (Tony and Reed: still my actual favorites, but this is long overdue).

I do wish they’d pull in Lila Rhodes, though! And Valeria – Valeria is my great shining hope that the next-gen Brain Trust is going to have its own cabal of Bad Decisions Heroes. You know, that ones that have control issues and swing between wild arrogance and deep self-loathing. Those heroes. I’m not sure why Valeria pings my radar for carrying on the Bad Decisions tradition, but she does. When you consider that two out of her three parents ping that radar too, though…

2. I’m still so into the Science Wizard Doctor Doom aesthetic Infamous Iron Man has going for it. I mean, yes, Bendis, but a. the aesthetic, b. talk about Bad Decisions (Anti-)Heroes, c. I would read a million panels of Maria Hill interacting with the shitlord science wizard, d. the art is gorgeous.

3. Jeremy Whitley’s X-Men issue with Laura and Remy came out today! It’s maybe the first Whitley issue I’ve read where parts of the characterization didn’t seem 100% on-point, but I still really enjoyed it; Laura and Remy were my favorite mutants even before Marjorie Liu wrote them into the best mutant friendship ever, so I’ve been ready for them to reunite since All-New Wolverine was announced. I really, really like the dynamic now that Laura’s a little older and a little more confident in herself, someone please make Gambit a regular in Laura’s book.

Also, this:

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12 June 2016
Here are six books I would make happen if I supplanted Axel Alonso at Marvel.

Tony Stark: Iron Man
Kelly Sue DeConnick & David Marquez

You asked for it and we answered – here’s an intense study of Tony Stark as he tinkers with his armor, banters with his A.I., and engineers a better filing system! Noted for its close attention to character continuity, this is the book that dares to put Tony’s demons to rest so he can finally get a good night’s sleep and I can stop worrying about him. Features a mysterious girlfriend who may or may not be a resurrected Rumiko Fujikawa and introduces Lila Rhodes as Tony’s protégé. James Rhodes appears in alternating issues!

Gambit and Storm vs. the World
Marjorie Liu & Kris Anka

In an effort to reconnect with an old friend, Ororo Munroe takes some time off from the X-Men to help Remy Lebeau with the start-up cat shelter he runs out of an abandoned Catholic church. When one of the cats goes missing, it’s up to Ororo, Remy, and guest-star Laura Kinney to track the feline to a sinister location… (Spoiler alert: the cat is unharmed!)

Captain Marvel Team-Up
Greg Rucka & Valerio Schiti

Carol Danvers is traveling the country to revisit her past and reclaim her lost memories – and it looks like she’s going to need some help! Watch as she works with Ms. Marvel, Wolverine, War Machine, Hulkling, and more to stop evil, do good, and break every speed record on the books. Did we mention that each issue ends with Carol splitting a tub of ice cream with her guest-star as they celebrate how great it feels to heal from emotional trauma? You better believe it!

Foggy Nelson, Avocado at Law
Mark Waid & Fiona Staples

Join Foggy Nelson, Marvel’s most decent attorney, as he takes on the biggest case of his life: convincing his best friend to listen to him! It’s an uphill battle, but someone’s gotta persuade Matt Murdock that his office doesn’t have to be at the bottom of an abandoned elevator shaft – and Foggy, armed with forgiveness, self-care packages, and the number of a good therapist, is just the guy to do it!

War Machine Rox
Ales Kot & Marcio Takara

Jim Rhodes, a.k.a. WAR MACHINE, is finally taking back the respect he deserves! This ground-breaking series challenges Rhodey to outfly and outgun Earth’s biggest threats while still making enough time to give the Young Avengers flight lessons and bake his niece a birthday cake. And is that the president asking Rhodey to put together his own hand-picked task force? You’ll find out in one of the next eighty issues!

Hawkeye Does America
Chelsea Cain & Annie Wu

Kate Bishop (Hawkeye, not Hawkguy) roams the country in her convertible while righting wrongs, sampling regional cocktails, and flirting aggressively with Miss America (Chavez, that is). Guest-stars Clint Barton (Hawkguy, not Hawkeye) and Pizza Dog in a sporadic backup feature where they call Kate for advice on how to complete basic household tasks!
 
 
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17 May 2012
New Gambit solo title coming this August! I am just on a role for wish fulfillment this year, between the Captain Marvel promotion, Kelly Sue DeConnick's role in her new series, and Joss Whedon's take on the Avengers. At this rate OMD will be reversed by December and I can start reading about Mrs. and Mr. Mary Jane Watson-Parker again.

The new series is being written by James Asmus, with whom I am not familiar. I've been so delighted with how Marjorie Liu's been handling Gambit that I'm not sure anyone can live up to the precedent; further research required. Haven't followed the Legacy storylines in years, since I'm not a fan of Mike Carey, but I get the impression they're finally moving away from Gambit/Rogue and I'm...reluctantly okay with that. Maybe there will be Remy/Ororo hijinks? And Laura, they have to at least have Laura as a guest star.