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I want to start out this string of Necrosha reviews by saying that no Blackest Night comparisons wil be made by me…except for one.

Like the DC Universe, the X-Men have an extensive roster of dead characters, so a story of this nature that revolves around these characters was inevitable. The basis behind these stories isn’t anything new, as the plot of a character confronting a dead commrade with unresolved feelings has been done many times through the years. Hell, it was done in Shakespeare’s Hamlet! (Except Hamlet’s dad wasn’t inflicted with a living virus or was trying to tear out his son’s heart, of course). So now that we have that out of the way…

Here we are with the next X-Men crossover, Necrosha. A few years ago, it seems we scarcely had a crossover in the X-books, while now we seem to be getting one starting just a few months shy of the last one. This one seems to break the mold, however, as all of Necrosha isn’t being told in the standard crossover fashion. Instead, it’s being told similarly to how Age Of Apocalyspe was told, in that there was one intial book that kicked off several storylines in other books, with this one-shot being what X-Men Alpha was to AoA. Here, we get the beginnings to three stories that will be continued in X-Force, New Mutants, and X-Men Legacy. The X-Force story seems to be where all the main action will be occuring, while the other two seem to be almost side-tales.

In the X-Force story, we see the return of semi-regular artist Clayton Crain, and while I was never a big fan of his past work, I think I’m warming up to him just a little bit. I think it’s that his dark, glossy and gothic style really suits the tone of this book, and that he’s not using the same inker that he used during Messiah War which made his art look like extreme turd. The script is ok, as it hangs on that familar gimmick of having the characters with unresolved feelings for their dead friends actually confront them. That’s ok for now, I just hope that Yost and Craig don’t hang onto that gimmick for too long and advance the plot forward from it.

The second story focuses on a revived Cypher, who was with the New Mutants in the pre-Cable days. I’ve had no prior history of reading this character, but the way he’s written here makes him quite interesting. Zeb Wells takes us inside his head and shows us the different way that Cypher understands and comprehends the environment around him, which is done almost like a computer through some binary. It’s an interesting premise and I’m curious to see where this character goes.

The last story, written by Mike Carey, focused on Destiny, another long dead character. This character also writes this character interestingly, as she has an odd and disjointed way of speaking. In this story, she interacts with Blindfold, another precog character with an odd and disjointed way of speaking. As it goes with a script focusing predominently with these types of characters, the plot is not so much given, but mysteriously hinted towards. It was a little fustrating, though since this is only the intro to this particualr story, I’ll let it slide. Plus the art fit the story well, as it was pretty creepy and done almost in a horror comic style.

This crossover seems to be off to a promising start with this one shot. Time will only tell which of the three stories will be more interesting, but with this issue, it’s fair enough to say that this whole concept is quite solid.

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


  1. Hmm, I might get this for the Destiny story.  And I like this method of structuring a crossover, so hopefully I don’t end up getting pressured to buy books I don’t follow in order to make any sense of the story.

  2. @ohcaroline – its funny because there’s a scene with Scott, Logan, and X-23 that directly addresses the conversation we had about her involvement in X-Force. 

    This was a 5/5 for me.  Kyle and Yost really kicked off this story back in X-Force #11, and its great seeing it moving forward.  Plus I’m glad that the Bastion storyline looks like it will still be in the background.  Outside of the Messiah War issues, X-Force has just been one continous story

  3. @cutty  Addresses it how? 

  4. Logan: I told you if anything ever happened to her, it would be on you.  Someone did this to her and you’re gonna help me find out who.

    Scott: No.  The interrogation can wait.  We just need to make sure she’s okay

    Logan: Since when have you ever given a shit if she’s okay?  You just want your personal assassin up and running again.

  5. Well, it’s nice to know that the writers are aware they are making the character a complete asshole.

  6. and seriously, am I the only one who is sick of Wolverine being portrayed as a morally superior character?  I don’t just mean in this title, where it might be appropriate, but he always seems to be lecturing people on morality, which is honestly pretty fucking ridiculous.

  7. That’s actually the Wolverine that Claremont set up.  He’s a killer, but he’s always tried to get away from that, and "reform" himself.  Him taking a young female x-man under his wing is definately in-character.  I started reading X-Men during the Claremont run, so this version of Wolverine really rings true for me.  He’s always had a stong moral code

    The new Cyclops is definately something all the books are pushing.  The fact that he’s basically taking Magneto over Xavier in Uncanny is a good sign.  It seems like his only motivation these days is protecting the species, and nothing else matters.  He’s in a position where he’s willing to sacrifice for the greater good

  8. @cutty There’s a difference between having a moral code and running around lecturing people, which I’m fairly sure he didn’t do with this kind of frequency in the Claremont days.  He would always acknowledge that he was a murderous, dangerous animal that nobody should be using as an exemplar. 

    And I don’t know how many ways to say that I hate this version of Cyclops, and good for you that you don’t.  Though I don’t agree that he comes across this way in every title.  You can say that becoming the leader of Utopia in Uncanny is exactly the same as putting kids out there to die in X-Force, but I don’t actually see it. 

  9. Don’t get me wrong, I HATE this version of Cyclops too.  I’m totally on your side when it comes to Scott, I’m just explaining my opinion on the characterization.  I don’t think its as much a problem with X-Force as it is a problem with the entire line in general

    Definately not the same thing, but the same motivations are there.  At least in my opinion

  10. What I think is that if X-Force didn’t exist, his actions in the other books would read a lot more sympathetically.  I don’t see where he’s done anything clearly wrong in any of the other titles, but if you put his actions there together with what’s happening here, there’s a problem.  So, in my opinion, the problem is XForce.

  11. @Cutty – Ifyou really think about it, this story began long before X-Force #11. Way back in New X-Men #32, when Selene took Wither. It’s been on the cards for avery long time.

  12. The X-Universe is setting Scott up for a big fall. I suspect he will no longer be leader of the X-men after the return of Hope.

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