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Subj: Re: Jean Grey #4: Too many freckles...
Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 at 08:39:18 pm EDT (Viewed 110 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Jean Grey #4: Too many freckles...
Posted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 at 05:01:45 pm EDT (Viewed 89 times)




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    You make a good point about the absence of a supporting cast - but I don't know how a supporting cast would fit into this particular story.

Fair enough. There's always subplot interludes or creative cameos or exposition flashbacks. ASM mastered working in the Bugle Staff for decades.


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    Jean is on walkabout. That's a loner activity. Also, the story is evolving nicely into a how-Batman-became-Batman story.

It still doesn't have me hooked. And if it takes a guest star to make the issue memorable that could be a problem. Case in point: Iron Fist's solo him-becoming-himself again in his current title, w/o guest stars, is boring as heck.


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    This comic consistently has excellent covers.

One nitpick could be that conceptually fine, recurring, bottom right, white triangle -for number and credits- is far too big and just takes away from the judgeworthy cover images.


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    I don't think there was supposed to be danger - just hardship. She was freezing.

Hmm... so you're No-Prizing she was testing her warrior endurance. A resume in progress to give Odinson as it were.


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    I was thinking maybe this adventure was never chronicled in the Avengers comic. Or maybe Thor embellished the tale.

Definitely embellished. Part of the tall tale understandably. Especially, if he was referring to Avengers #1. Especially, considering IM's armor and the troll monsters in scans found here: http://www.supermegamonkey.net/chronocomic/entries/avengers_1.shtml


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    The Asgardian Inn seemed to me to be a mystery for another day. But definitely a mystery. There has to be a story there.

It's probably be a throwaway dangler.


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    So Lana is a new character?

Yep.


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    I don't know if any Orcs actually died. They definitely got chopped pretty badly. But they're Orcs. For all we know, they have healing factors.

TBG said the same. Last millenium the question wouldn't have entered my mind but since Frank Miller's Dark Knight? Image Comics? 9/11? Writers and readers have debated hard to prove and establish a kill count to the noblest of heroes for the sake of logic and realism. Without the story actually telling the story and Jarnbjorn flailing about it's hard to say. Plus, the whole point of the story was to make Jean a warrior BUT we were not really told how the 'killer instinct' should have factored into today's lesson.


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    She seems to be calling up major power by instinct when she needs it. It seems to be a Yoda thing. "There is no try. There is only do - or do not."

Heh. \:\) Or maybe it's part of the journey. Next cover it looks like Betsy teaching her how to manifest psi-weaponry. Her portrayal from newbie to Omega Level and back again. Didn't she dominate Emma and the Cuckoos during during BotA? Remind me: Has she never made a psi-construct in all this time?!


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    I'm cool with the freckles.

The nitpick is the inconsistency with how they are drawn moreso than the forced retcon factor. They seem slapped on in random placement, random size & numbers, and random redness - FROM PANEL TO PANEL! This happens too often with freckled characters and the resulting random messy dotting screams lazy afterthought.


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    This is one of my favorite comic books. It's always either the first or second book I read on the week that it comes out. The story line makes total sense to me. Jean is worried about the Phoenix and is trying to come up with a way of handling it. She isn't ignoring the danger in hopes of it passing her by. She isn't wallowing in self-pity. She's taking herself through a series of experiences in search of a solution to what may be the biggest problem anyone could ever face.

My problem with this specific storyline is the fact that she's doing this alone. She told everyone of her concern and they patted her head and sent her off to bed. This is the flamin' Phoenix Force! EVERYONE KNOWS how much danger it brings! EVERYONE KNOWS how repeatedly it brings danger! EVERYONE KNOWS the X-men should expect the unexpected and prepare and protect and protocol against potential danger! Fer cryin out loud - give the girl a cookie! Train her, counsel her, support her specifically against The Phoenix. Don't have her going off on her own on her danger filled quest for masters.



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