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Review: "Young X-Men #12"

In Comic Reviews on March 20, 2009 at 8:30 pm

yxm12-001Young X-Men #12

Story: End of Days

Writer: Marc Guggenheim

Pencils: Rafa Sandoval & Daniel Acuña

Inks: Roger Bonet & Daniel Acuña

Colors: Ulises Arreola & Daniel Acuña

After just a year of stories, the Young X-Men are an end again.  Young X-Man Dust is dead (relax, she gets better) and a lot of other X-Men cameo.  The unfortunate fact of the matter is, we’re doing this again.  This has been a great title with interesting characters, and a wonderful place in the X-Universe as Cyclops tries to train what could very well be the last generation of X-Men.  Unfortuantly, Marvel doesn’t seem to feel the same way.  There’s also some pretty unnerving sequences drawn by Daniel Acuña that are set in the futrue, showing the price paid for Dust’s revival, and needless to say its a pretty crappy outcome for such a beloved character.

I really can’t stress how sad it is to see this book go, and these characters be shuffled away, again.  Like Anole says in the book, the Young X-Men seem to exist solely to be cannon fodder.  Hopefully, Marvel will realize soon that these characters have a far greater potential than they give them.  This is still a good issue, but its tainted by the foreshadowing of Dust’s future and the knowledge that we’re waving good-bye to these characters a second time.

Final Grade: C

Review: "Azrael: Death's Dark Knight" #1 (Of 3)

In Comic Reviews on March 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1Azrael:  Death’s Dark Knight #1 (Of 3)

Story:  Book One: Simple Sacrifices

Writer: Fabien Nicieza

Artist: Frazier Irving

As I mentioned in last week’s Pull List, I was a pretty big fan of the Jean Paul Valley/Azrael character, who was introduced in the early 90s and served as a replacement to Batman in the now classic “Knightsaga” arc. Valley went on to his own solo series, lasting for 100 issues and culminating in his death.

Now, six years after the death of Jean Paul Valley, the Order of St. Dumas have chosen a new Angel of Vengence.  “Azrael: Death’s Dark Knight” runs alongside the current “Battle For The Cowl” mini-series, prominantly featuring the characters and plot points of this arc.  The new Azrael is chosen to spread “God’s justice” in Gotham, trying to avert the chaos in Gotham City in a decidedly more violent manner than the core Bat-family would be.  He’s also been equipped with the pilfered Suit of Sorrows, first given to Batman in the “Resurrection of Ra’s al Ghul” storyline, and wields what is called the “Sword of Sin”, which he uses in the first page to decapitate a man.  Needless to say, this is not the Jean Paul Valley Azrael by any stretch of the imagination.

Nicieza manages to craft an interesting story, pulling the mysterious new Azrael right in to the thick of the chaotic Gotham, torn apart by its missing Dark Knight, and quickly reminds and establishes why he’s accepted the Azrael guise.  The art itself looks interesting, but the characters are rather oddly misshapen, and if you see a character out of a defining costume, they’re practically unrecognizable (I’m only fairly certain its Talia on the last page!).

This is a very good starting point for one of DC’s more popular characters; let’s face it, pretty much everyone knows of Azrael!  I really recommend this, especially if you’re following Battle for the Cowl.

Final Grade: B