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X-Men #8 - Muertas, Part Two of Six Review

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Lady Deathstrike and Typhoid Mary are on the hunt for the key to taking them to an entirely new level. Meanwhile, Psylocke hunts the hunters.

The Good

A new squad of X-Men faces a whole new challenge in the form of a nanite infused Lady Deathstrike and a newly employed Typhoid Mary. When the two of them meet up with a newly depowered Enchantress, they form one of the more fascinating villain teams, and one of the more organic, in order to search for Arkea, the sister of John Sublime who does to machines what he does to people. Brian Wood’s not done with the shakeups, though, as we met the mutant team’s newest member: the newly freelancing Monet of X-Factor fame (or, if you want to go with her extraordinarily S.E.O. unfriendly codename: “M”), and this is a development I absolutely love. I was incredibly disappointed to see her not on the roster of All-New X-Factor, but if she lands in this title, I’ll consider it a lateral move. There are also some intriguing developments with Jubilee, specifically regarding a recently outed student. And no, not outed as a mutant. This scene actually contains some of my favorite dialog as she laments how the school is supposed to be open and accepting but somehow her sexuality makes her a freak. It’s a great example of how persecuted people aren’t always welcoming of others by default.

The Dodsons handle the artistic duties as far as linework goes and they bring their trademark cartoonish, yet very detailed and especially expressive, work. I had high, high hopes for these two when they were announced on this book and so far, they’ve been absolutely stellar. Jason Keith handles colors, and compliments them amazingly, but not in the way their style usually works. Flamboyant, bombastic colors are usually the order of the day, but Keith’s are actually rather subdued and mellow, which fits the tone and tenor of this book very well as a great many of the scenes are either at night or dialog-heavy. The form and function work well, generally.

The Bad

As great as the art is, there are a few times when it stumbles. Lines will be ill-defined, character faces will look flat or colors just won’t quite pop. These are extremely few and far between, but worth mentioning. There’s also a part, when Deathstrike and Mary meet up with Enchantress for the first time, that she mentions she’s been trapped under an isolating dome by Odin, which the interlopers’ plane breached. She mentions that she hadn’t been able to break it, and while I get that she’s depowered, that still seems like somewhat lackluster security for such a dangerous villain. Also, unless it happened before the rise of Asgardia, which I don’t believe it could have, it should have been Gaea who banished her, but now I’m just nitpicking.

The Verdict

This is still one of the breakout hits of Marvel NOW and with good reason. The characters are interesting and interact with one another in interesting ways, and the best part is how organically the team is coming together. On both sides, for that matter. They both feel like the teams are cohering in realistic, natural ways. I haven’t even mentioned Psylocke’s entire storyline, which actually takes up most of the issue, but it’s absolutely amazing and I’m thrilled to see that character get a new lease on comic life. This storyline is a good, slow boil that can still be jumped on before it kicks off, and I recommend that course of action.

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Posted by DatHomieSilverSurfer

Great read. The new lady deathstrike is damn sexy

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Edited by Maddpanda531

Loved this issue. Wish I could've seen more of Monet. Weird to have her featured on the cover, then not show up at all in the book's interior.

Posted by Ace_Of_Spades90

Where is Rogue? Why isn't she on the roster?

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@ace_of_spades90 said:

Where is Rogue? Why isn't she on the roster?

She is "dead" and unseen for some time.

Edited by Ace_Of_Spades90

Ah, I see. But even then, I would have thought that Storm, Psylocke, Jubilee, etc. in Brian Wood's X-Men would be concerned. It's almost as if she's been forgotten >.>

Posted by PhoenixoftheTides

I didn't know The Enchantress was depowered. I hope that's not the case. Marvel really needs to stop doing that to their heroes and villains. I never actually think it results in character development.

Ah, I see. But even then, I would have thought that Storm, Psylocke, Jubilee, etc. in Brian Wood's X-Men would be concerned. It's almost as if she's been forgotten >.>

Agreed. The perils of having writing teams that aren't in synch, I guess.

Edited by Charlie_1981

I didn't know The Enchantress was depowered. I hope that's not the case. Marvel really needs to stop doing that to their heroes and villains. I never actually think it results in character development.

@ace_of_spades90 said:

Ah, I see. But even then, I would have thought that Storm, Psylocke, Jubilee, etc. in Brian Wood's X-Men would be concerned. It's almost as if she's been forgotten >.>

Agreed. The perils of having writing teams that aren't in synch, I guess.

I also do not understand too the situation of The Enchantress, there are things in this issue that I did not understand too well, for example ...

What was the reason and the time Amora is exiled / banished from Asgard, it´s not clear?

The hypocrisy of the Asgardians (especially Thor) regarding her when others have done worse things and they have been forgiven or why Amora must accept orders from mere mortals or be part of a team with other women like Typhoid Mary (who Amora could take advantage easily and use her skills to her benefit) and Lady Deathstryke, if Amora goes with them, it will be more for fun and entertainment than a real necessity because otherwise, the Enchantress would had killed both women without any of them realized what happens, even depowered.

Edited by Ace_Of_Spades90

How did Enchantress know who lady deathstrike was? That confusing also.

But maybe we aren't meant to ponder everything, you know? Maybe we're just supposed to enjoy the story without delving too much in the specifics. Regardless, the writers could DEFINITELY do a better job because it comes across as lazy.

Posted by Charlie_1981

How did Enchantress know who lady deathstrike was? That confusing also.

But maybe we aren't meant to ponder everything, you know? Maybe we're just supposed to enjoy the story without delving too much in the specifics. Regardless, the writers could DEFINITELY do a better job because it comes across as lazy.

Completely agree with what you say, although there are complicated things that maybe break some things that would make it a bit unreadable. I think the fact that Enchantress knows who is Lady Deathstryke, maybe it´s for the simple fact that Amora has often lived on Earth due to have been exiled or just because she likes to live among mortals without calling attention to excess, it is clear that considering her powers, her mental strength or just knowing that she´s a Goddess, she can access to some information or have contacts that not a few people have. at least would be an explanation of why Amora the Enchantress knows Lady Deathstryke.

Posted by mickeymayhew

Loved this issue. Wish I could've seen more of Monet. Weird to have her featured on the cover, then not show up at all in the book's interior.

I second that. And the Dodsons barely did any of the art, and as a result it was inconsistent and messy. And Wood can't write Psylocke for toffee; 'Ass' indeed - she's an upper class Brit, regardless of which body she's in. He needs to consult the Claremont classics of her early days. And since when did the Enchantress sound so common?! or maybe I'm just a snob!