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Subj: X-Men Blue #21: Ridiculous?
Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 at 04:07:08 pm EST (Viewed 144 times)

X-Men: Blue 021

Ridiculous. Maybe even more bad than the Blue Annual that preceeds this.

Okay, if you want to read the O5 on a space adventure with colorful art you may like it. However, the O5 taking it upon themselves to go on an outer space rescue mission and forcing Venom into a team-up, imo, did not seem smart or organic(pun unintended). What was so terrible?

1. That psychic surgery. Ridiculous showing. Jean blindly and successfully performing TK surgery on Scott's apparent mortal wounds is just too farfetched. And then she has to maintain her stopgap fix at the cost of her TP dominance seems such a contrived plot device. Just another way to have her as the (blossoming) Omega Level Telepath except when the story calls for old fashioned slugfest action. Why didn't the pair seek non-combative respit while Wing Burner, Tentacular Icemaster, and Would-be Beastidigitator continued searching with Venom?

2. The further abuse of Venom as a viable character. His dismemberment of the alien informant was such a disgusting and unlikely public display for the anti-hero at his best. Especially, given the decent strides his new series is trying to represent the more appreciated classic incarnation. The defunct Carnage series went to the effort of streamlining all the symbiote copycats out of existence and here we have 5-6 more introduced already. The Handbook ones had cooler names and looks. Also, the whole despicable Klyntar Space Heroes retcon is muddled more with the backstory suggested here for this 'rainbow raiders' of Klyntars.

3. Right from the opening sentence about "the X-men being no strangers to inter-galactic adventures" the credibility of the O5 in space is questionable. How many times have they even been into space (other than Tyke)?! Less than you can count on 1 hand? Their matter-of-fact bumbling rescue efforts to free the scenario sloppy Starjammers.

4. Pet peeve nitpick of story element(attached): Once again, the inconsistency of brackets in a word balloon. The onus is on the readers to figure out the writer's intent on how the sentence is to be read. A perfect example of BOTH extremes on the SAME page here. Killer Thrill prooobably said the first panel aloud as witty sidebar but clearly the fourth panel seems more an observation in thought and "POUT" is not said aloud. Bah.

Return of Killer Thrill and Venom's secret past connection to Haze Mancer were the silver linings of the issue. Also, the ending was okay. Everyone getting taken over by a symbiote is basic understandable plotline for first encounters so next issue is just how the O5 will deal with being Venomized. Not saying that it will be good or bad but it makes for a decent enough cliffhanger to this ridiculous chapter. Or maybe you didn't find it ridiculous?

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