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Friday, July 14, 2006

X-Recap and Double X-Review
posted by jepster2006

Recently on the X-men:

For the past few months, Marvel released House of M, an earth shattering event that resulted in the depowering of more than thousands or millions of mutants leaving the mutant population (excluding the X-men, I think) to a mere number of 198.

After the House of M, Marvel released a lot of titles that are involved with the effects of House of M. These titles ran under the “Decimation” line of comics mostly including short runs up to six issues maximum. One of them was X-men: Deadly Genesis. The only book I bought from the Decimation title was quite of a let down. I can describe X-men Deadly Genesis in one long complex sentence. It’s that quite simple and quite dull, if you ask me. Well here it is.

X-men Deadly Genesis is about a meteor that crashed to the earth that came with an evil being wanting revenge on Xavier revealing to be Scott Summers (Cyclops) long lost brother and the first rescue team to save the old X-men in the pages of “Giant-Size X-men” waaaaay back.

See, that’s about it. Brubaker kind of disappointed me with this book and the lackluster art truly ruins on what is supposed to be a focal point in X-history. Now on to the Reviews.

Uncanny X-men #475
Written by: Ed Brubaker
Art by: Billy Tan

Following the events of Deadly Genesis, Professor X plans to redeem himself of his sins to Scott and Vulcan, Scott’s long lost brother. He assembles a team to follow Vulcan who’s on a rage to destroy the Shi’ar Empire for killing their parents. The story seems more like a chase rather than a mission but the fact Professor X assembled a team of totally differently skilled mutants got me quite hooked on this run. The Team consists of Polaris, Havok, Warpath, Nightcrawler, and Rachel Summers, the new Marvel Girl. What the members have in common is the connection with everyone related with X-men Deadly Genesis. Warpath has a inner hatred for Xavier which contrasts with Nightcrawler’s loyalty to Charles. Havok, related to Scott and Vulcan is a no brainer as with Rachel Summers, well it seems she came along to kick butt after what Vulcan did to her head. The only one who seems to have no relation with Deadly Genesis is Polaris, but it seems she’s there for Havok in case Alex looses it.

Well, what do I think? It’s a good start but I can’t help but feel the word “SET-UP ISSUE” placed on each and every page. Not that it’s bad, it just feels like an introduction to an Animated series explaining each character’s reason to be part of the mission. Well, maybe next issue, we’ll get a little bit more story and action than this issue.

The art is awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome. The motion blur effects and depth of field moments totally helps the eyes focus on what’s really happening. Other artists have that tendency to have too much lines on screen that it’s too hard to know what’s going on. Well, as for Billy Tan, I guess he did just that, but it’s whoever did the finishing touches needed to be praised. The colors are great and so are the inks. Billy Tan himself did a good job with consistency and detail. For the art, I have nothing bad to say.

All in all, I still want to see what happens next. I just hope it goes better than Deadly Genesis. Brubaker does it again.

Rating:9.2/10

X-MEN #188
Written by: Mike Carey
Art by: Chris Bachalo

“Are these the X-men? What the hell?!? Why are Mystique and Sabertooth fighting alongside Rogue and company? What’s going on?”

That’s the first thing that comes into your mind when you see the end-to-end cover of the “Standard” X-men Title. Well, when I heard about it, I just wanted to read it. I love moments where in when rivals fight together to destroy a common threat. I just had to read this. Well, I read it and all I can say is, nice, not bad.

My problem with this title is Rogue’s accent and the inconsistent art. While I love the dark shades and very stylistic art, it’s hard to distinguish the characters from other characters. Iceman looks like Martian Manhunter who attempted David Blaine’s ice fiasco some time ago. What’s with the pointed head? Cannonball looks like Havok with armor. Well, the best looking character is Creed aka Sabertooth. This is understandable since Bachalo has that similar style with Ramos who is handling the Wolverine title right now.


As for the writing, it was truly an exciting feat to see Rogue use her powers again in the right way, without being too reckless. And her agony after Gambit’s betrayal seems to put her on the throne of “anger queen” as of the moment. Recommending Mystique to join the team is a mystery to me and saying that it’s better that way since she could keep an eye on Mystique and, well you have to read to truly appreciate what she says next. That one line sold me with this book. My problem is that she totally lost her accent. That rowdy cowgirl accent is gone. If Carey can brink back that accent, I’m totally into this title.

What makes this book at its best is the moment Sabertooth asked for “Sanctuary”. That was made me like this book so much. His face looking evil while saying made me wonder, what does he want now? The characterizations may be off since, things change (but please bring Rogue’s accent back!) and that’s what makes this book great. Seeing a change of character with these character without destroying (But pl— oh, never mind.) their presence makes this book worthwhile.

Rating: 9.0/10 (The art kind of puts this book a little lower than Brubaker’s but still a solid read.)

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