Review by: akamuu

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The artwork in this issue made it really difficult for me to read, as I kept thinking “I hate this.  I hate this.  I hate this.  I hate this.” from the moment I cracked open the front cover.  It’s not that the art is technically bad, it’s that the style just isn’t X-Men.  It hurts my eyes the way that horrible computer composed Spiderman story from a few years back.  I can’t remember the name of it, or else may brain will explode.

Certain pages have that horrid Maleev inspired Namor, whose absolutely covered in pencil sketch lines.  Overly glossy Osborns, Starks, and Hellfire members.  They look like they’re all sweaty, and attending a party under a McDonald’s heat lamp.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s better than the Maleev art, but it really kept taking me out of the book over and over.

I skimmed through the rest of the issue.  Frost/Namor hookup?  Sentinels?  And, did I see Batman?  I mean, he’s dead in one universe, why wouldn’t he show up in Marvel?  The last page was probably the only plot I needed to read anyway.

*ETA*: reread it for the story, and it was quite well written.  Still don’t like the art for an X-book.  And the Batman comment was hyperbole.  😉

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 1 - Poor


  1. I really thought most of the art was quite good.


    My problem with the story was the portrayal of Emma as, basically, a whore. While not wildly inconsistent with some portrayals, most of the best versions of her have her as an austere, if sexual, figure and not a base prostitute.

  2. I didn’t get the whore read from her (again, I skimmed most of this, I acknowledged that art wasn’t technically bad, it just doesn’t seem like X-Men art…ok, the Namor page at the beginning I thought was absolutely terrible, but after that it was just…not my thing).  I took it that she was using the slutty image that Sebastian Shaw has of her to her advantage, in order to play him


    That said, isn’t a Hooker With A Diamond Ass way hotter than one with a heart of gold?

  3. I definitely did not think Emma was played as a prostitute here.  I think Shaw might have basically seen her that way — or at best as an employee whose job description included having sex with him and whoever else he wanted her to seduce — but if he thought he was buying her loyalty he was mistaken.  I thought it was a really complex, multi-layered portrayal of a woman who is willing to use any weapon her arsenal including sex (or, at least, in the present-day scenes, the suggestion of sex) to get what she wanted. 

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