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Subj: Re: X-Men Red #1: THAT's why?!
Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 at 08:34:35 am EST (Viewed 193 times)
Reply Subj: X-Men Red #1: THAT's why?!
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 at 04:33:20 pm EST (Viewed 302 times)

    THAT's why they're called "RED"? For a forced last page gimmick pun?

Yikes! And now the team has to live up to that? So much for healing the world. So... it's going to be an ironic name?

    Title Page: Not including Gentle and Trinary makes NO SENSE. It's like a diss, really.

Well, they sort of haven't joined the team yet because of that in medias res thingy. It is only those faces in the dramatis personae. Aaand... that's enough Latin for today.

    08 UGH. Lazy flashback timestamping. How many months after Phoenix Resurrection? Why no mention of said mini? The art... questionable for the rest of the ish. They can detail some squiggly lines but can't even throw in some cool or creative actual street name?

Agreed about the art.

    10 Seriously. THAT's a FULL page? Well, at least we can wonder how Toby compares to Syrin or Sean as we watch a car spin.

Not really a full page.

    11 The WolverineS just HAPPEN to be there or Jean called them in before a crisis new mutant powers generate a crisis - similarly unclear as when the heroes show up in the preview pages scenario. Prooobably baby was detected early by Cerebro - so a little less confusing than the earlier 'Searebro' arrival?

Yeah. Odd to make it Roosevelt Island. Why not the Bronx, where the girls live? Meh.

    12 Okay, THAT's got to be Syrin and Banshee equivalent showing.

Certainly... well, nobody's flying.

    14 Impressive and sweet showing for Jean.

    15 The X-men offer the mom reasonable stat solutions.


    16 Lydia Nance was kind of interesting as the anti-mutant face and this Harold Nobody seems uninspired with his intro. What's worse, with all the solutions Jean TP'ed for Toby - why the heck did she not just wipe the memory of the baby from the few people that could have possibly seen her. Bah. Sooo, readers will have to deal with another book with another take on handling TP to suit the writer's tastes. Pet peeve randomness is sure to follow with the book lead being a telepath...

Well, I'm glad she did no mindwiping.

    17 What do we think of Jean's showing here? She's pulling a Superman or high-end showing of DD as they can read the simultaneous minds across great distances on a whim. It's not even clear what or why she's doing it here.

Well, it's clear what she's doing, but yeah... Why there? She should be able to read all that hate from her comfy apartment.

    18 Welcome use of global locales since Jean is trying to 'heal the world' of it's mutant problems. Neat BP inclusion.


    19 The story gives us 2 missing months and now throws us right into the middle of her post-Resurrection and reborn-motivation. Seems a bit lazy to assume readers can presume why this is such a logical step in her unrevealed quest. Jean doesn't even know what to do next - or is she fishing for better ways to go about unsaid idea? Sooo, all these pro-mutant world laureate agreed to gather for a group mind meld to a known Omega Telepath or unknown one - either way is forced plot device rush??

It's establishing her quest.

    20-21 Greeeat. It's a BEAUTIFUL idea and plan - at least according to Kurt. She tells him but not readers! And not Kitty or X-mentors?

It's pretty clear what the plan is. Why's it going to work this time?

    22-23 She's recruiting Atlantis more than just Namor. She needs a country behind her to turn wheels at the U.N. Hmm... Magneto failed at that and Xavier/Scott/Kitty didn't even try that route. Just saying. Plus, her trip underwater is a notable power showing. Empty Namor inclusion.

It's... just so unworkable. Just like the UK ambassador says, mutants are not a nation. They're not even a singular social group.

    26-28 EEP! Worst. Backfire. Ever. Her first attempt to make a mutant ally is to grossly blow up the -literal- head of a U.K. Ambassador in broad daylight! [Come to think of it Carnelia suffered a similar atrocity years ago with IM.] Now, the series starts...

One step forward.
Two steps back.

    30. CRAP! The (sadly inevitable) Return of another despicable and disliked X-men arch-enemy: Cassandra! Which reminds me of another failing of this premiere - the chronological neglect to note the Return of Xavier over in Astonishing book. Well, at least the bland cover makes more sense as it was clearly all about selling Jean and her return to readers. Unfortunately, not buying it yet.


    What reactions did YOU have?

Problems, but actually better than I suspected.

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