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"Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia" #1 Review

In Comic Reviews on June 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1

Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1

“Utopia” Part 1

Writer: Matt Fraction

Pencils: Marc Silvestri, with assists by Michael Broussard, Eric Basaldua, Tyler Kirkham, & Sheldon Mitchell

Inks: Joe Weems, with Marco Galli, Eric Basaldua, Rick Basaldua, Jason Gorder, Jay Leisten, Sal Regla, Jon Sibal, & Ryan Winn

Colors: Frank D’Armata

I’ve made no bones about having some serious love for the post-Messiah CompleX X-Men Universe.  They’ve always been one of Marvel’s biggest sellers, and are consistently strong titles, but the entire Universe has become a fairly solid, tangible thing ever since Messiah CompleX ended (Well, excluding that recent Sisterhood mess).  But in the world of the Dark Reign, the X-Men have essentially been left to their own devices in their new safe haven of San Francisco, while Norman Osborn marches onward throughout the rest of the Marvel Universe, tearing up everything he sees before him.  Finally, the two paths collide with the six part “Utopia” storyline. Read the rest of this entry »

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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: "X-Men: Manifest Destiny – Nightcrawler"

In Comic Reviews on March 15, 2009 at 4:00 am

x-men-manifest-destiny-nightcrawler-01X-Men: Manifest Destiny – Nightcrawler (One-Shot)

Writer: James Asmus

Pencils: Jorge Molina with Ardian Syaf

Inkers: Victor Olazaba with Vicente Cifuentes

Colorist: John Rauch

The “Manifest Destiny” minis and one shots continue, this time focusing on Nightcrawler.  Feeling unneeded and slighted, Kurt Wagner accepts an invitation to return to the German town which tried to kill him all those years ago to attend a museum in his honor.  Unfortunatly, its a trap, and while he was legitamtely asked by his biggest fan, he’s really been invited to stop a rampaging monster.

Now, I’d really like to say this is a fantastic story, but to be frank, it has no need for existence.  It ends with Nightcrawler right back where he started, and is essentially a non-story.  It is some quick Nightcrawler fun, and its really cool to see Kurt in his classic costume, but the story itself is really nothing spectacular.  The most interesting character of the story, the monster that Kurt came to stop, gets an origin and a set up, but is dead by stories end.

The story attempted to be an exploration of who Nightcrawler is by pitting him against a man who is a monster like him, and by putting him back with the townspeople who tried to kill him once upon a time, but ultimatly its another case of nothing ventured and nothing gained.  If you’re a big Nightcrawler fan, make sure you pick this up; otherwise, just pick up the current “X-Infernus” mini or the Uncanny X-Men ongoing and pray for a cameo.

Final Grade: C