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Don't Get the Criticisms

April 7, 2009

     A lot of people are pretty upset with what Matt Fraction is doing right now in Uncanny X-Men.  With the first arc, when he worked with Ed Brubaker, I agreed.  Now, I don’t.  I love what he’s done with this last arc.  Sure, the X-Club plot got boring after a while, but the sudden transformation of Angel into Archangel fixed that problem.  So, in this final issue, Archangel kicks ass, and the formation of the X-Club is complete.  Meanwhile, Emma Frost and Colossus deal with the Russian tattoo mutant, and Marvel further overuses the idea that Colossus is sad that Shadowcat’s gone.  We get that.  Next, Emma gets to be the cold-hearted bitch we all love, Beast confronts Angel, and Magneto gets his powers back.  All in all, it was a great character-driven arc with some superb art by the Dodsons.

     One of the biggest complaints is that Emma Frost is being mischaracterized.  How, exactly?  She’s still the ice queen.  She wiped Sebastian Shaw’s memory almost completely clean.  That’s pretty nasty.  Fans don’t like her tender moments with Colossus in this issue.  Sure, it does stretch the believability of the arc a bit.  But it’s nice that Emma’s developing as a character.  If she was always so cold and unapproachable, that would eventually wear thin.  The characters that evolve are the best ones.  As for Colossus, I think this arc finally sees him put Kitty behind him.  And I think everyone wants to slap Dr. Nemesis.  That’s the point.  At any rate, I’m not looking forward to seeing Greg Land back.  But I trust that Fraction will see this story through, and he’ll do it well.

Plot: 9.0      Art: 9.3      Dialogue: 9.0      Overall: 9.1

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