Dandy Don the Valiant Review: No New Comics 2020: Day 12 – X-MEN #9
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Cover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Oh, hey, Mom. I just got through reading Immortal Hulk #33. It was recommended to me by Thomas Hulett. He didn’t realize that I’ve been reading the Immortal Hulk from the very first issue. I love reading about the Hulk. No, I didn’t say anything. He just seemed so excited about recommending that issue. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings. So, what are you up to? You’re what? Mom, I’m a little too old to be hunting Easter Eggs. Well, yeah, I guess I am a little too old to be living in your basement, but that’s not the point. Look, I know we are quarantined and staying safe from the virus, but the basement isn’t big enough to be hiding eggs. Okay, if it makes you happy, then go ahead. I’ll head on upstairs. Yes, I have to. I can see you hiding them! And you didn’t even decorate them! Geesh! Sorry about that OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
I’m down to my last few issues to read because of the COVID-19 shut down of all things comics. I’ve been trying to save my favorite characters to read for last. Those issues are dwindling fast. Near the bottom of the pile is X-Men #9. I have really enjoyed Jonathan Hickman’s take across the X-Titles. He has crafted a world that I will not hesitate to place alongside the pure magical and historic X-Men/Uncanny X-Men run by Chris Claremont during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Yes, Hickman has a long way to go, but he is rising to that level.
X-Men #9 is ironically titled, “The King Egg” (I read this issue on Easter…lol). It starts out with an 8,000 years ago flashback about the Kree Empire and how a new species called the Brood is being weaponized to destroy advanced civilizations. Fast forward to the present time out in space and we see that the Accuser has taken the Starjammers hostage to gain information about a Brood King Egg the New Mutants had brought back to Earth. Upon hearing what the New Mutants had done, the X-Men had taken the King Egg off-world to keep the Brood from attacking Earth to retrieve it. Then enters Gladiator, Kid Gladiator, and the Imperial Guard, which can only mean one thing–a battle royale in space! It doesn’t end there though. The battle ends up continuing on another planet (of which I’m really not sure of). What happens to the King Egg is sort of reminiscent of what I’ve been doing to Cadbury Eggs for weeks now.
Jonathan Hickman is a writing genius and Marvel needs to keep him on X-Men for as long as conceivably possible. Leinil Francis Yu is brilliant with his art and Sunny Gho is magnificent with his colors. This series is the best offering Marvel has each and every month. It’s the flagship title at this point in time. While you are quarantined, this is the perfect time to catch up on the back issues of this remarkable series. I even think Joe Bones is trying to find all of these issues as we speak (or type, or read, or, oh, you get the picture).
Uh, Mom? Did you forget to boil these? Because every egg I have found so far has the yolk running out of them and onto the basement floor! Ugh! And they really, really smell, too. What do you mean you’ve been saving them since Christmas? Oh, boy.