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Subj: Champions #5
Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 at 07:53:50 am EDT (Viewed 198 times)
This was another good issue - but only because of the core team. In my opinion.
The talk Miles had with Miss Kassem about her dead daughter Faridah was poignant. This scene is an example of why I buy the book. This is Wolfman and Perez's New Teen Titans done Marvel 21st century style.
So then we had some War of the Realms fisticuffs and ray-blasting, which was good, as far as it went. I only care about Kamala and Viv - oh, but wait, I'm connecting with Dust now. I guess maybe there's hope for me and Patriot, Power Man, and Bombshell. I don't have anything against them. I just haven't connected with them yet. I would swap them out in a heartbeat for Wasp, Iron Heart, and Brawn.
And then Scott joins the fray! WOOHOO! I am so totally into this! Probably weird, since I didn't read the issues where teen Scott was a member of the team. But I was aware of them. And I know those adventures mattered to teen Scott.
"TO ME, MY CHAMPIONS!"
Yeah, that was a little much. But I get it. Scott is both X-Man and Champion. He was influenced heavily by Xavier but he was also touched on a deep level by Kamala and the rest of the Champions who are still around from that time. That full-page scene is the pay-off, for me, of the whole weird teen-X story line that went on for so long. That story line wasn't merely a "What If" as I like to name stories that leave no trace at all on the main 616 time line. A definite trace has been left. Scott feels real allegiance to the Champions as a team and to the individuals he remembers. This made me feel really good.
The inspiration Scott provides to Kamala was moving to me. I got a little misty-eyed. And then when she comes to realize that adult Scott and teen Scott were and are the same guy, she leaps into his arms with joy. Once again, I got misty-eyed. This is good stuff. This is why I buy the book.
So then we get some more troll-bashing and first person narration from Kamala - have I mentioned how I love first person narration? - and then Scott gives Kamala a Captain America-worthy pep talk. Yeah, you guessed it, more misty eyes.
This is the Scott Summers we need and want, or at least, it's the Scott Summers that I need and want. And the reason we're getting him is the memories he has of his time as a teen in our modern day, especially his time on the Champions. Not a "What If" at all, that story.
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