Review: X-Men Forever #1
Takeda has an unique digital-paint style that gives this comic a dreamy look at times - - and that's something you don't get in your average X-Men story. That dreaminess extends to his rendering of the X-Women here, making Phoenix, in particular, look stunning.
Claremont's scripting style really hasn't kept up with the times. There are a lot expository captions that run a little long in the tooth and much of the dialogue has an unnatural, on-the-nose quality. One exchange that stood out involved Psylocke fighting a mind-controlled Wolverine. Her answer to his threat is, "You may have adamantium claws -- but I can read minds AND I have own martial arts training -- !" That wouldn't sound right, even if the characters weren't in the middle of a fight. Wolverine's characterization runs a little dated too - - you really have a hard time believing this guy's a cunning killing machine when he comes off such a dopey softy, especially in comparison to his more convincing portrayals in the movies and recent comics. Takeda's rendering of him is a little off, too - - so much so that some friends of mine who were flipping through this asked if it even was Wolverine they were looking at. He looks uncharacteristically dumpy, for some reason.
Claremont is a legend whose contributions to the X-Men cannot be understated. If you've grown up on his work, then you're going to love this. If his more traditional style has never jibed with you, then it isn't going to jibe with you, here. This annual's interesting to pick up if you want to see the X-Men interpreted in a completely different style, even if it goes a little too far off from the established looks, sometimes.
He's done nothing for the last twenty years but write horrible X-Men stories that don't fit into continuity, making the only saving grace of his eclipsing career the fact that he now just writes stories that aren't in continuity.
And I couldn't care less how he would have continued with the X-Men.
His final works with them were horrible.
He really needs to stop.
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Plus its been quiet a while since to character such as Gambit are seen in action, and I also like how he got rid of the healing factor.... factor, how will the x-men preform now that they no longer have a regenerating meat shield?
This book my not have been my favorite of the series but ya got to admit the art work was awesome (other than as Zack said Takeda's rendering of Wolverine) and i'm just glad to get this story out of the way so that hopefully we no longer have to read about this love affair between these two, however there is a story here and at least deserve 3/5 but that's just me I guess.
loved this book and x-men forever is a great book. i consider it to be much better than the in continuity books. well most of them anyway. x-men legacy is good. i don't know why people compain about claremont. he is a better writer than most of the other crap that is put out today.
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