Messiah Complex

Book - 2008
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The biggest event to hit the X-Men in ten years is here Just when it looked like there was no possibility of a future for mutants, hope arrives. But the X-Men aren't there to meet it - The Marauders and Purifiers beat them to it. Now the race is on to get the first new mutant since House of M.
Publisher: New York : Marvel Pub., c2008.
ISBN: 9780785128991
Branch Call Number: XMEN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Messiah complex


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Sep 29, 2016

A seriously awesome X-Men adventure. I'm a big fan of Chris Claremont's work on the X-Men throughout the 80's. His run is easily the most fondly remembered of the series, having catapulted the X-Men to Marvel's number one book with the introduction of Wolverine, Storm and a more diverse team. This coupled with his use of soap opera style storytelling, and long running subplots gave the books a unique and interesting place in the Marvel pantheon. With Claremont's departure the X-books fell into limbo and the X-Men lay directionless until falling into the very capable hands of Grant Morrison with whose departure again the book dropped from the limelight. The book has gone through the hands of many different creative teams to varying degrees of interesting or downright banal storytelling. This is, in my opinion, one of the more interesting takes on the X-Men. In the capable hands of Brubaker, David and Carey these characters have evolved not only from the original iterations that Claremont created and worked on for so many years, defining the characters since their creation, but also adding different dimensions to their story and advancing the book from where it had remained for so long. Stuck in the X-Men versus the world that hates and fears them routine the books had stalled and did not seem to go anywhere. Many characters die in the story, whose meaningful deaths unfortunately make comebacks some only to die again. But this is comics and this is to be expected. The story itself doesn't need a lot of preamble and can be picked up as it is and read and enjoyed. I loved the twists and turns and the fact that Mr. Sinister plays the main villain. After having Magneto and Apocalypse countless times seeming to be the only villains the X-Men ever had it was a refreshing idea. It also evolves the relationship between Cyclops and Professor X, one that had been stuck in limbo for ever with Cyclops always the dutiful, respectful son and Professor X as the father, mentor figure. It is a pity that the opportunity for something greater in their relationship is later squandered by Brian M. Bendis in the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline that hits the books later down the road, but this does not take anything away from the brilliance of this story. Art wise the book changes drastically from the very crisp and clean lines of Marc Silvestri to the cartoonish style of Humberto Ramos and Chris Bachalo. Billy Tan and Scot Eaton also contribute, with their work falling into the realistic spectrum of artistic representation. The art goes from realistic to cartoonish and while I love all the artists and it doesn't phase me, other reader's mileage may vary. Overall a brilliant story that leaves the X-Men in a very interesting place. If I have a criticism of the book it is the way that powerful characters like Storm and White Queen are shunted aside in favor of Cyclops, Wolverine and Professor X. Even Mystique who is a major player falls into the cracks until the very end. I would have liked to have seen them have more moments in the book and greater exposure considering how important they are in the X-franchise. Being an ensemble book there were many chances for such opportunities and it is a pity they were lost. But overall a very good read. Easily enjoyed in one book without needing to much background or having to read too many other books as way too many comic books today, require.

May 31, 2012

First big story after the terrible M-day occurence.The X-men are going after the first mutant born since M-day.I didn't think that Chris Bachalo and Humberto Ramos doing the art for the vivid fight scenes would work that well.I loved the sub-plot with Layla Miller and Jamie Madrox from X-factor.Great mixture of art throughout which includes Marc Silvestri at the start.

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