X-Men Black: Mojo #1

x-men black mojo

“Mojo Rising”

Written by: Scott Aukerman

Art by Nick Bradshaw and Andre Lima Araujo

The Story So Far:

Like last week’s X-Men Black: Magneto #1, this issue is part of a lead in to the hotly anticipated Uncanny X-Men relaunch coming next month.  This one deals with Mojo, the alternate-universe, dimension traveling, reality TV show producer from Mojoworld.  Again, I won’t be reviewing the backup stories until we have all five installments published.

Spoilerific Review:

Mojo is sick and tired of all these “new” X-Men, and yearns for the day when characters weren’t designed to appeal to changing demographics.  He despises the inclusive nature of these new heroes, and espouses that he doesn’t mind if they changed a little, but too much is not good for him.  Declares a reboot, with no more “new” mutants.  Before he decides to use his newest weapon, though, he decides that he must go on another recon mission to our dimension, a thought that causes Major Domo to become suspicious.

Mojo dons a trench coat and fedora, and ventures out into the world, where he finds acceptance at almost every turn.  Many people he meets compliment him on his “spider-leg chair”.  Mojo is searching for his “beloved”, a woman he bumped into two weeks earlier at a coffee shop on another recon mission.  He runs into Glob, one of the new X-Men, who talks Mojo down from his murderous intentions and suggests that he should just go and talk to the pink-haired woman of his dreams.  While hanging out with Glob, Mojo saves a little girl from being run over and receives a kiss and a compliment on his chair yet again.

He walks his new friend Glob back to the Xavier Institute, and Glob jokes about Mojo not trying to kill the X-Men, which gives Mojo pause…as the attack of his newest weapon, The Half-Sentient, commences.  Mojo, having not ordered the attack himself, looks around to see Major Domo.  Domo ordered the attack, assuming that Mojo was lulling the X-Men into a false sense of security.  Mojo, covering up his activities while on recon, quickly agrees that this was, in fact, what he was doing.

Meanwhile the X-Men fight Mojo’s new weapon as Mojo gleefully tells them how it was created.  Major Domo, assuming Mojo was faking his feelings for the pink-haired woman, has kidnapped her and assumes that she was meant to be a diversion for the X-Men.  He throws her into the battle to Mojo’s despair.  In a split second, Mojo attacks his creation, saving the woman and destroying the Half-Sentient.

In the aftermath of the battle, Mojo finds the courage to ask the woman out, and she accepts, much to his surprise.  Realizing that he can’t let Major Domo see that he’s having a change of heart, Mojo threatens the X-Men and leaves Central Park.

Two weeks later, as he is planning his next attack on the X-Men, he receives two texts: one from his new friend Glob and one from his new girlfriend, Ann N.  He decides that his newest plot needs revision as the issue ends.

What Works:

Not much, honestly.  To be fair, I don’t really like Mojo as a character.  I find him obnoxious and kind of ridiculous.  That being said, I did greatly enjoy the opening few pages where Mojo is describing his disdain for diversity in comics.  That meta-commentary is quite welcome in this comics-gate era.

I also LOVED the shoutout to Ann Nocenti, co-creator of Mojo.  I like when comics are referential and reverential.

The art is acceptable, with a few flashes of brilliance.

What Doesn’t Work:

The humor.  Most of it falls flat, and feels like a teenager’s idea of what humor is.  And maybe that’s just Mojo.  To be honest, though I dislike the character, at least he was more sinister back when he was introduced.  This fish-out-of-water tale never really finds its footing, and feels like it flops around a lot.

Overall, this was a chore to read, and not something I’ll go back to, if I’m honest.  The few pages at the start were not enough to save what is really an unlikeable character, and a poorly paced, throwaway issue.

Rating 1/5


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