Review by: Nick Fovargue

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Avg Rating: 4.0
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Story by Warren Ellis
Art by Jamie McKelvie
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by Dave Lanphear
Cover by John Cassaday, Paul Mounts, Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

If nothing else your story should be fun. This issue is rapid fire, to-the-point comic book goodness. Ellis sets up his characters, sets up the premise and then launches everything into action riding in an atomic-powered Cadillac.

He has a lot of fun with the interactions of the characters and has some great and inventive action scenes. He goes more than a little overboard with the Beast’s expositive techno-babble but even that gets played up for a laugh with the obvious boredom of his teammates.

McKelvie’s style seems to match the tone of this story perfectly and his storytelling really carries the issue. Ellis throws him some great little set pieces and not too many panels to sell them in and McKelvie nails each one. Plus that first shot of the shield-bullet things flaying at the reader is just great.

Without McKelvie’s simpler, slightly cartoony style I don’t think this issue would work. Someone with a darker, more highly rendered style just wouldn’t jive with the wild, don’t-think-about-it-too-much fun of Ellis’ script.

For the record if these two guys ever want to do a Beast solo book, I would totally buy that.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. For the second time today the score on the art doesn’t seem to be what I selected. I put this as a 5 on the art.

  2. I haven’t read this book, but I’m excited to and I also want an Ellis written Beast book. His writing of Beast was the best part of his run on Astonishin X-Men

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