Tug's Pick of the Week

NEW X-MEN #154 — Click for a Larger ImageNew X-Men # 154

This coming Wednesday will be something of a sad day in my life as a comic book reader. That’s because this Wednesday will bring the last issue of Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men. While this certainly has been a long, strange trip that we’ve taken with Grant, it’s been nothing short of spectacular storytelling every issue and has truly changed the way that we think about the X-Men.

New X-Men # 154 finishes up Grant's final story arc, “Here Comes Tomorrow,” which shows us visions of the X-Men 150 years in the future. An updated “Days of Future Past,” to be sure, but the great thing about Grant’s run is that while he set out to model his run after the early Claremont/Byrne X-Men, he has made it uniquely his own as well.

“Here Comes Tomorrow” finds the remnants of the X-Men (Wolverine, Cassandra Nova, EVA, a new Beak, and Martha the floating brain, as well as a British human who has a pet Sentinel) taking on a Beast (!) who has discovered the sleeping Phoenix Egg. And with that sentence, I suddenly realize I can’t get any further into the story without spoiling things for you, dear reader. Suffice it to say, this issue is full of the typical philosophical revelations that we’ve come to expect from Grant along with some incredible action. Morrison is without a doubt a writer who knows how to end a run. Everything in this issue ties into the entire run of the book while perfectly setting up May’s "X-Men: Reload" event.

Oh, yeah, and the issue also has some lovely art by that Marc Silvestri guy who has been on for the entire “Here Comes Tomorrow” storyline. He makes the future look like one scary place.

Morrison’s run on New X-Men has certainly been one of the best I’ve ever read in all my years, and the ending doesn’t disappoint. In fact, if anything, it just makes me want to go back and pick up the first issue and start reading it all the way through again. It’s one of those runs that you could read over and over and always discover something new.

For those who have been reading it, enjoy this last issue!

For those who haven’t, get on it! We’ve got all the New X-Men trades in stock. Give ‘em a shot. You won’t regret it.

ROBIN #124 — Click for a Larger ImageLooking for other cool stuff this week? Sure you are —

Robin # 124 is a big issue. I can’t say too much without spoilers, but Robin’s world gets turned upside down here. I think the cover says it all. We all know by now that Tim is going to quit being Robin (at least for a while), and this is where it all begins. It will be extremely interesting to see how this turns out.

FANTASTIC FOUR #511 — Click for a Larger ImageFantastic Four # 511 concludes the “Hereafter” story, where the team has gone to get Ben Grimm back from Heaven (!). Again, I can’t say too much without spoiling it, but let’s just say that by the end I must’ve had something in my eye. Why else would it be watering up a little?

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