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Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus Reviewed

What does the conclusion have in store?

The Utopia story arc is finally over.  The arc started out with a bang but seemed to drag on a little.  I've seen a lot of lackluster response as the arc progressed.  What does the conclusion have in store for us?  How are things going to end?
 

  
The arc may have fizzled a bit but we see the potential from this storyline.  There was a lot of big fights that could've been seen here.  Perhaps we'll see some rematches in the future.  To me, it felt like the story arc drag on a little but was rushed in this final issue.  Despite being the 'conclusion,' there are a lot of threads that have been created.  Now that Utopia has been created, what will that mean for the X-Men and mutantkind?  I don't think we've seen the last of the Dark Avengers vs. the X-Men.  We know the Dark X-Men, what's left of them, will return in November.  We have Dark X-Men: The Confession coming up that will show some of the fallout between Scott and Emma.  There's also the result of Emma's encounter with Sentry.  So even though I wasn't entirely crazy about this final issue, a lot of future storylines have been put into place.  I don't think you could have a firm conclusion in this battle between Norman and the mutants.  It should be interesting to see what will happen next.
 
What did you think?  Did you enjoy the arc?  What did you think of this conclusion?  Do you think that Utopia will last?
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Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Yeah good stuff G-man. Can't really add much more myself other then I was looking forward to Utopia but it did seem to just fizzle out a little towards the end but Exodus seemed to bring a little bit of life back into the precedings. Going to still follow the Dark X-men but also X-men in general which I have never done before.

Posted by HaloKing343

The art is nice here.
Edited by jefprice

Isn't that Astroid M they raised fro the water.... I haven't read it yet but thats what everyone else has told me. 

Edited by crazed_h3ro
@jefprice said:

"Isn't that Astroid M they raised fro the water.... I haven't read it yet but thats what everyone else has told me.  "


i think it is, good observation... 
now that namor and emma are back with the x-men, osborn don't stand a chance...guess who made it on osborn's list   ^_^
Posted by Darkspyda15

When did norman become such a heavy hitter
Posted by Grendel

Thank you, G-man for bringing up the Dark Beast thing.

Posted by Watch Dog

I liked it a lot but I feel it was a little rushed their were parts that I would have liked to see elaborated on also there are some people that I would have liked to have seen more of.

Posted by Dessolution

It wasn't that great.

Posted by FoxxFireArt

X-23's torso was seriously too long. It is also silly how fast everyone can seem to heal now. Though, I did notice something in this book. Look at Daken in Norman's press conference. He's still showing cuts. Of all the people who should of healed and been fine by then. The others who were pretty much gutted are somehow standing fine.
 
Seriously, there are only about 200 mutants left in the world with their powers now. If the Utopia can hold at least that many, plus a little extra, they are alright.

Posted by Grendel

Also, this concept was better utilized in Paul Jenkin's Inhumans miniseries.

Posted by Media_Master

It could of been better

Posted by DMC

IMO that line by Scott was the best in the book. It shows how confident Scott was in his plan and that he was ready for everything Osborn was going to throw at him.  I would be smiling too if my god killer made it to the fight.
 
At this point there are waaay too many mutants to cover to show a lot of individual fights (where's Hepzibah?) I'll admit there were a few random match ups where I would have preferred to see other characters. But the focus was using the key players to take down the Avengers/Dark X-Men.

Posted by csimon

Loved it

Posted by kaorumonster

That's true. I wanted to see more of the Dani as the Valkyrie fight, and I was expecting awesome fight scenes.
 
I didn't like the art. All the different positions confused me as to where exactly were they.
 
Poor Emma! :(

Posted by Alaric

I enjoyed it, the focus it had on the Dark-X-men was interesting. :D 
 
 
Needed moar Hellion!  D:<

Posted by Korg
@Grendel said:
" Also, this concept was better utilized in Paul Jenkin's Inhumans miniseries. "
I had this exact thought earlier this week.
Posted by bioghost

I was looking forward the archangel vs bulleyes fight  
(think to myself that there no way in hell you can heal from this bulleyes) 
then when you see him in the media room all fine and dandy like he never fought him 
i also wish they extend x-23 vs daken fight
Posted by rudorudo

Dodson should've done the whole issue! - and Is Dani gonna be a Valkyrie for good?

Posted by sandyp3000

1st issue of utopia was AWESOME.  The conclusion sucked soooo badd, coulda been a million times better

Posted by LastSon1027

I have to say that the covers on Utopia are horrendous with those lines and bars.

Posted by xerox_kitty
@jefprice said:
" Isn't that Astroid M they raised fro the water.... I haven't read it yet but thats what everyone else has told me.  "
Yes it is.  So far it has been referred to as Asteroid M; not as Utopia... yet.  But it's daft, all these years the X-Men have been trying to integrate with society.  They've had numerous chances to join Magneto on Asteroid M and in Genosha.  So now they've reclaimed Asteroid M to live Magneto's dream?  It doesn't make sense. 
 
@FoxxFireArt said:
"Seriously, there are only about 200 mutants left in the world with their powers now. If the Utopia can hold at least that many, plus a little extra, they are alright. "
It probably used to hold that much when Magneto gave his Acolytes a home.  I love how there's absolutely no battle damage from when Holocaust appeared, or signs of damage from the burning re-entry into Earth's atmosphere and crashing into the bottom of San Francisco Bay.... Ah well, it just gives the Sentinels one last target to aim at. 
 
@Grendel said:
" Also, this concept was better utilized in Paul Jenkin's Inhumans miniseries. "
Never a truer word has been spoken!  That mini series was superb! 
 
@rudorudo
said:
"Is Dani gonna be a Valkyrie for good? "
It certainly looks that way.  Although I can't imagine her having God powers for much longer.  To be honest, if it was that easy to give Dani Moonstar God-killing powers, then why didn't Hela do it as part of her plot to kill Odin during the Acts of Vengeance instead of farting around with dawrves, a magical sword and an army of the dead?? :p 
 
@LastSon1027 said:
" I have to say that the covers on Utopia are horrendous with those lines and bars. "
Thank F it wasn't just me who hated those!  Black & White lines?  Someone really earned their salary with that :p
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Posted by Precise
@xerox-kitty said:
"Yes it is.  So far it has been referred to as Asteroid M; not as Utopia... yet.  But it's daft, all these years the X-Men have been trying to integrate with society.  They've had numerous chances to join Magneto on Asteroid M and in Genosha.  So now they've reclaimed Asteroid M to live Magneto's dream?  It doesn't make sense. "
I'm still waiting on the issue where Magneto pops up and says 'I told you so...' :p
Posted by xerox_kitty
@Precise: That would be the Nation X storyline then... 
 
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Posted by Precise
@xerox-kitty: Please tell me it isn't 'drawn' by Greg Land....
Posted by xerox_kitty
@Precise: Ummm.... You want me to lie to you? 
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Posted by Precise
@xerox-kitty: ..... wouldn't matter... i'm already depressed now. Yay 15 Emma look-a-likes and everyone has the same face and poses! -_-
Posted by xerox_kitty
@Precise: Sorry!!
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Posted by Precise
@xerox-kitty: lol no worries! It's Magneto so i'll be happy anyway! I'll just squint my eyes a little :p
Posted by fedykin87

I was expecting more epic fighting going on as each of them toke down the dark avengers they were fighting but all you really get his dani fight scene, scott as the only X-man to lose and everyone else either tying with their opponent or beating them off panel.

Edited by jefprice
@xerox-kitty said:

" @jefprice said:

" Isn't that Astroid M they raised fro the water.... I haven't read it yet but thats what everyone else has told me.  "

Yes it is.  So far it has been referred to as Asteroid M; not as Utopia... yet.  But it's daft, all these years the X-Men have been trying to integrate with society.  They've had numerous chances to join Magneto on Asteroid M and in Genosha.  So now they've reclaimed Asteroid M to live Magneto's dream?  It doesn't make sense. 
   
@crazed h3ro said: 

@jefprice said: 

"Isn't that Astroid M they raised fro the water.... I haven't read it yet but thats what everyone else has told me.  "

i think it is, good observation... now that namor and emma are back with the x-men, osborn don't stand a chance...guess who made it on osborn's list   ^_^ "
I just read it. The whole thing made sense to me. It was Astroid M not just some random place and they had been repairing it, it sounded like anyway.  
 
GREAT TWIST, Magneto has been their enemy and they fought against this for so long, but no that a Magneto like Villain is in power they don't have a choice. There's less then 200 Mutants left alive and they need to make sure they live on.   
Edited by goldenkey

I haven't read X-men because of just that.  To many characters and not enough character development.  Everybody just pissed of because of something.  The book is over loaded with to many charcters and lost what it's appeal was to begin with.  A team.  A few members, a cameo every other story,  At the end of the year one person left, one person came in.  Now it's more like the X - university.  Like the X-men are  becoming the Inhumans. I don't know the whole story, I don't read X-men, but didn't the Inhumans have Atlantas as an Island utopia.  Why don't they just go to Savage land.

Posted by xerox_kitty
@goldenkey: True, but I like the Inhumans because it is all about the characterisation and it usually focuses on a small set of individuals.  Whereas Uncanny suffers from the 'rotating door' roster system.  Characters are brought in for random and vacuous reasons; Northstar because they wanted 'someone who could take down a motorbike'.
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Edited by mattydeNero
@goldenkey said:
"

I haven't read X-men because of just that.  To many characters and not enough character development.  Everybody just pissed of because of something.  The book is over loaded with to many charcters and lost what it's appeal was to begin with.  A team.  A few members, a cameo every other story,  At the end of the year one person left, one person came in.  Now it's more like the X - university.  Like the X-men are  becoming the Inhumans. I don't know the whole story, I don't read X-men, but didn't the Inhumans have Atlantas as an Island utopia.  Why don't they just go to Savage land.

"
Well.  You pretty much hit the nail on the head when you said you don't read X-Men.  It's been a bunch of mutants jam-packed into a story for twenty years.  Sometimes it's been great, and sometimes it hasn't been.  Do you read the Inhumans?  Outside of the royal family, only a handful of individuals has come and gone.  I don't see what you're trying to say with that comparison.  
 
So many people rip on books they don't read.  Why is that?
 
As far as the COBRA ISLAND jazz, really?!  It's Asteroid M, and obviously Scott's going to have it's owner wondering what's going on with the NATION X bit coming up.  With MAGS being all over the new solicits coming out in the next few months, it makes sense. 
 
Besides, we knew it was never going to be the X-Men that took Norman down.  IMO the X-Men just softened Normie up for the coup de grace.
Posted by G-Man
@mattydee007 said:
As far as the COBRA ISLAND jazz, really?!  "
A weak attempt at humor.  It's what sprang to mind when seeing them raise it from the depths.  The idea is the same, a place they can declare their own without anyone bothering them.  So that means G.I. Joe can't touch the X-Men now.
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Posted by Kain

Utopia is just one big arc to show just how awesome and bad ass Cyclops is.

Posted by victorvndoom

thing everything is solved in the 'the list' series

Posted by Kain
@mattydee007 said:
" @goldenkey said:
"

I haven't read X-men because of just that.  To many characters and not enough character development.  Everybody just pissed of because of something.  The book is over loaded with to many charcters and lost what it's appeal was to begin with.  A team.  A few members, a cameo every other story,  At the end of the year one person left, one person came in.  Now it's more like the X - university.  Like the X-men are  becoming the Inhumans. I don't know the whole story, I don't read X-men, but didn't the Inhumans have Atlantas as an Island utopia.  Why don't they just go to Savage land.

"
Well.  You pretty much hit the nail on the head when you said you don't read X-Men.  It's been a bunch of mutants jam-packed into a story for twenty years.  Sometimes it's been great, and sometimes it hasn't been.  Do you read the Inhumans?  Outside of the royal family, only a handful of individuals has come and gone.  I don't see what you're trying to say with that comparison.   So many people rip on books they don't read.  Why is that? As far as the COBRA ISLAND jazz, really?!  It's Asteroid M, and obviously Scott's going to have it's owner wondering what's going on with the NATION X bit coming up.  With MAGS being all over the new solicits coming out in the next few months, it makes sense.  Besides, we knew it was never going to be the X-Men that took Norman down.  IMO the X-Men just softened Normie up for the coup de grace. "
 
 
I wouldn't say they've softened him up. They've pretty much handed Osborne his first true defeat and being the first people to actually stand up to Norman's regime puts the x-men in a far better light than all the other so called "heroes" who have yet to do anything but talk about it. Obviously the X-men won't be the ones taking Norman down but they were the first to do something. I don't think any ONE person will beat Norman, it'll more than likely be a group effort, perhaps from the characters featured in "The list" one shots?
Posted by InnerVenom123

Osborn has a list... and he's checking it twice.... HAHAHHAHAHAAAA!!!! 
 
Santa-Goblin's coming, to tooooowwwwn XD XD XD XD
Posted by indietroy
@LastSon1027 said:
"I have to say that the covers on Utopia are horrendous with those lines and bars. "

What could have been nice covers were needlessly ruined for no apparent reason. Why couldn't they have just used the very top of the book to put the Utopia text, similar to the way they did with the Dark X-Men books? That would have been much less detracting from the cover. 
 
I prefer Deodato's art over Dodson's, but I feel like Dodson should have done the whole issue. The Dark Avengers and Osborn are everywhere in Dark Reign, this arc was more X-Men-centric and didn't even really need to have a Dark Avengers crossover. Maybe it would have been better off as a limited series, because the Dark Avengers book was sent on a tangent by this storyline, and suffered as a result.
Posted by maxcarnage

Ah, wasn't really my cup of tea, though I do look forward to the dark X-men! Mimic as Archangel, and a couple I'm not shure of, I think Cloak and Dagger, and Namor? Wait, I confused!?
Posted by Captain Insan0
@FoxxFireArt said:
"X-23's torso was seriously too long. It is also silly how fast everyone can seem to heal now. Though, I did notice something in this book. Look at Daken in Norman's press conference. He's still showing cuts. Of all the people who should of healed and been fine by then. The others who were pretty much gutted are somehow standing fine. Seriously, there are only about 200 mutants left in the world with their powers now. If the Utopia can hold at least that many, plus a little extra, they are alright. "

@FoxxFireArt:
you are so right