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Subj: Re: All-New X-factor #5...
Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 12:56:59 pm EDT (Viewed 101 times)
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Posted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 07:47:39 pm EDT (Viewed 155 times)

    The issue was more enjoyable before the fight than after. The randomness of the coloring theme (after pg6) was as bothersome as usual. The cover was sadly disappointing because the blurb quote was not verbatim in-story and and showing that Cypher appears too was wrong because tipping the hand that he appears too ruined the surprise cameo.

Yeah, I agree that it was more enjoyable before the fight.

    Welcome character a bit of expose on Mr. Snow (and Linda with a bit less characterizing but more exposing). Layers of an onion, people. Slow story build here - more observation than nitpick for now.


    Pleasant downtime breakfast scene with Snow, Remy, Lorna & Pietro. You're right, that trivia about Cerberus WAS funny, Pietro. The calm before the storm (that is promised on the cover) is still in the air.

It is a cute trivia theory, but there's a lot of dispute over it. It's just as likely or more to have been a direct reference to "Erebos" ("night," "dark," "hell"). Also, "Ker" were a class of Greek female death spirits. So she is literally, the Ker of Erebos, the Demon of the Night/Dark/The Pit.

But it should be noted that the original inspiration of mythical Cerberus was possibly a hyena, not a proper dog. Hyena's live in holes and are spotted.

    Mutant mole report at The Mansion was comical and serious at the same time. The storyline was beginning to feel close knitted. Still, a good Hav scene showing his concern for Pol - unfortunately, no hint of his growing bond with Jan which should be noted here also.

I'm glad it hasn't been mentioned, tbh.

    Enter: Mr Smaug. Clever Tolkien straightline and anagram name combined. He was clearly a player right off. It felt like 2 mafia dons were going to 'negotiate'. And then Danger's unmasking the charlatroid was comical and serious, too. The entertaining balance continues.

I hope Danger doesn't start thinking she can just go around punching holes in the chests of anyone who says she's wrong.

    Here the action/fight staple barely begins. The art turns a bit ugly more literally than figuratively though. It would have been choreography if the battle was a bit more detailed. However, it was evident that Polaris and Danger were not pushovers agaisnt a metalloid menace. Some might feel Magus was jobbing some.

Someone like Magus, who can eat stars, just has to job a lot.

    Enter: Warlock. Very unclear (literally AND figuratively) how he show's up for that save. A missed opp for someone actually saying "Hello, Warlock." The ex-New Mutant cheats readers from more action/fight with his battlefield removal of the foe. Also, this gives Quicksilver and Gambit a big fat fail for their contribution.

Looks like he's somehow become part of Magus. Not too thrilled about this, but I'll take it.

    The denouement was "what-just-happened" underwhelming. The neat "surprise return" of Cypher was ruined by the cover. And the unkown location and uncertain pigment coloring is either intriguing or infuriating depending on how your general take on the issue was.

Don't think much surprise is intended, to be honest.

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