Thursday, August 24, 2006

Astonishing X-Men #16

Astonishing X-Men #16
A GOOD issue. It's hard to rate these issues higher, because, with only 23 pages of story, they really don't come out frequently enough to maintain a coherent narrative. Why was this title put on hold for House of M? It has been affected by developments in the rest of the Marvel Universe just as much as it was affected by House of M - not at all. Why couldn't Whedon and Cassaday have used the downtime to catch up on issues so that we could get this story in a readable timeframe? Whatever.
Still, the dialogue is good, the art is beautiful (except for the front cover), and the characterization is, as always, spot on.
But still, not much happens: Ord escapes the S.H.I.E.L.D. orbital prison with the help of Danger; Kitty comes back to the mansion following her tour through the underworld and beats the shit out of Emma, then leaves her in a cavern underground; Logan hides from Beast; Blindfold hears voices; The Hellfire Club tries to get in to a sealed chamber; and the mysterious fifth member of the Hellfire Club is revealed to be, gasp, Emma Frost. Huh? Really, I make it sound like more goes on, because after reading it, the natural reaction is to say "that's it?"
Still, I'm sure it'll make sense once the arc is concluded and I can read all the issues in one shot.
But I'll keep reading.
My only question is: if Joss Whedon could manage to put out an episode of both Angel and Buffy every week, then why can't he put out a 22-23 page comic every month? Whatever. It's not like he's got anything else right now, does he?

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