Review by: akamuu

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WRITER: Peter David
PENCILS: Valentine De Landro

Size: pages
Price: 3.99

This book has a wow factor from page one.  GORGEOUS pencils from Valentine De Landro.  And David continues to be one of the best writers in the X-Universe.  But, while this issue is very very good, it’s not without its flaws.  David’s humor gets a little wearing by the end.  There are a few real clunkers by the end.  And DeLandro’s art, while mostly gorgeous, suffers from his lack of background faces.  If you’re going to go to all the trouble pencil in Scott’s whiskers in the close up, why are you going to make Layla and Madrox look like Clayface when they’re standing behind him?  It’s off-putting.

But those are small gripes.  David’s sense of his characters is so far beyond anyone else writing an X-book, it’s astonishing.  And his portrayal of Rictor and Shatterstar is nicely three-dimensional.  He writes gay characters the way Judd Winick THINKS he writes gay characters.  And, while De Landro’s sense of negative space is occasionally a bit much for me, it’s not without its charms.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 4 - Very Good


  1. By my count there was just one horrific clunker, delivered by Darwin (that doesn’t help). After Namor says Imperious Rex (kind of a cool line), Darwin rhymes/repeats with Nervous Wrecks. That GRATED. But other than that I honestly laughed at just about everything else.

    Part of that is that I just do not hear a voice for Darwin in my head at all. He is a blank, boring slate. Maybe there is a way to say that line (sarcastically? ironically? drily?) that works, I don’t know but Darwin is not doing it.

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