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Battle for the Soul

February 27, 2009

Despite not being a huge, franchise-wide crazy story, X-Infernus has more than managed to justify its existence with solid storytelling and excellent character-based plots.  This whole thing is about Colossus, Nightcrawler, Pixie, Witchfire, and of course, Illyana Rasputin.  It’s a superb continuation of the plotlines from House of M, New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and other books.  And it’s a ton of fun.  Pixie’s turning all demonic, Witchfire’s got a ton of bloodstones, and everything’s gone to hell.  Quite literally, I might add.  I’m not even sure how this is going to end, since things look pretty grim for Illyana.  And yet, she’s supposed to be one of the candidates for Sorcerer Supreme.  So who knows?

At any rate, I wasn’t a fan of bringing her back to life.  The whole “revolving door” thing in comic books is kind of crappy, and it’s been abused even more in recent years.  But the writers, including C. B. Cebulski, are telling a very good story with her and those affected by her.  In fact, her effect in Pixie is more interesting than her effect on Colossus.  Colossus has become so whiny recently that it’s annoying.  That’s why the arc in Uncanny X-Men is so nice.  But this miniseries is more interesting for Pixie and Illyana.  It’s a fun read, especially for fans of New X-Men.  I definitely recommend it.

Plot: 8.8      Art: 8.7      Dialogue: 8.8      Overall: 8.8

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