Bottom of the Pile - July 16th, 2014

Couple days late. My apologies.

All-New X-Factor

The end of this arc brings a Bruce Wayne-level catastrophe to this kid, and the X-Factor isn't even apart of the X-Men proper.  Told her to escape while she could.

Avengers World
Currently the best odd couple in comics.  These two should stay Avengers forever--preferably in their own book together where they get into wacky hijinx on secret missions like this.

Also, it's interesting that the Secret Avengers deal has yet to hit the fan and explode properly.  Though I guess right now they've got more important things to worry about.  Time Runs Out in ten months, after all...

Batman Eternal
The "Grifter" rip-off mask is pretty strange, though I guess Cash isn't using his right now.  Now logically, going in without any real training will result in Harper being seriously injured in some way, shape or form that will clear up the Mary Sue-ness of her character and help her realize if she's going to do this she'll need serious training.

Bah, who am I kidding?  She'll save Red Robin's ass and prove "that he really does need her", because we're not done pulling from the book of cliches yet.


Mutants are usually supposed to be a metaphor for being an outsider of any kind--just being different from the norm.  But when I see scenes like this it really brings home how much it resonates with being a black american. 

And, just like that--Kamala Khan goes from being a mildly annoying internet geek with the doge meme to becoming my favorite young superhero.   She's a superhero...but she's also a superhero fangirl!    It's like the female GokaiSilver~

The funniest conversations seem to happen when you're a superhero.

Original Sin
And here's where continuity can fall apart a little bit.   Didn't Dr. Strange a couple weeks ago in the New Avengers Annual, swallow a fucking demon's soul whole??   Either that, or he's just a gigantic fucking hypocrite.  (Or a dying hippopotamus, if you're an idiot.)

Original Sin: Iron Man vs. Hulk

No matter how you spin this retcon, both of them come out looking like fucking imbeciles.  Tony may be responsible for creating the Hulk, but if Banner wasn't such a little ball of bottled-up anger and neuroses who can't seem to control his fucking temper, we wouldn't have the Hulk creating these billion dollar messes all over the place.    So yeah, they're both menaces.

New 52: Futures End

And finally we see the entire Justice League gathered together.   A few things to note and/or think about, in this crappy future that hasn't gone full garbage yet:

- Justice League and Justice League United seems to have combined forces, judging by Red Arrow and Equinox's presence.
- Events in last week's issue lead me to believe that that's NOT Superman underneath that outfit.  It's more probably Captain Marvel (or Shazam, if you wanna be that person).
- I haven't seen hide nor hair of any Green Lantern.  This could be because they died, or it could be because aliens aren't terribly welcome after the Earth War, so alien cops aren't welcome either.
- The above is why Martian Manhunter was gone.  They called his existence some sort of strange "Martian invasion", but I'm willing to bet that's not the whole truth.
- Aquaman's here, but no Mera.  You'd think with a far smaller team he'd have invited her to join, but if I recall correctly she's taken over the oceans in the far future so perhaps there's already a rift between the two "no longer married" heroes?
- Animal Man, Stargirl, and Adam Strange are missing.  Considering we saw them at GA's funeral, they're definitely alive but they seem to have quit the team, possibly as a result of what they lost in the war.
- Batman did something stupid (as usual) during the War, I'm guessing.  As a result Tim Drake hates him and he no longer appears to be apart of the League.

Of course I could be wrong about all of this.  I'm just going on what we've seen so far--time will prove me wrong or right eventually.

Uncanny X-Men
You have to wonder...why even bother to leave a will, as a superhero.  Like, seriously.  You're bound to come back inside a few months.  Plus what if you're like a total jerk in the will and it gets read?  You've got a lot of explaining to do when you come back.

Author's Note: Bottom of the Pile is a weekly column (or at least, my attempt at said) in which I cover the comics that found their way to the bottom of my pile, thus being the best as I've always been a proponent of "saving the best for last".   Since bog standard reviews can be found literally anywhere, coverage can range from mini-reviews to funny comments to commentary on a creator's run or comics as a whole, depending on a wide range of factors including the comic itself, the amount of time I have, and my general mood.


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