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The Recruitment Drive

August 4, 2009

     Continuing his recruitment story, Norman Osborn gets four new members on his team in the lastest issue of Dark X-Men: The Beginning.  His first new recruits are one of the biggest duos in Marvel Comics, Cloak and Dagger.  They’re destroying drugs in Colombia, and the local government invites Osborn to deal with the problem.  He, however, takes the opportunity to invite them into the Dark X-Men to get federal help in dealing with the war on drugs, wanting to use this as a P.R. opportunity.  We see that he has people in the Dark Dimension, and Cloak and Dagger reluctantly agree, as Osborn torches the fields around them.  Then, in Canada, Osborn and Dark Beast use Mutant Growth Hormone to force Weapon Omega, the man who absorbs mutant energy, to join the team in order to “better control” his powers.  Lastly, Osborn tries to recruit his own “berserker,” Daken, into the Dark X-Men as a familiar face.  Daken proves that he is not just someone who lives to kill his father and shows Osborn a thing or two.

     Just with the last issue, I enjoyed this one greatly.  Admittedly, it wasn’t as good as the previous one, largely, since this issue was more formulaic.  Initial situation, Osborn offers the deal with the devil, they are forced to accept, and closing.  I like the little war on drugs twist with Cloak and Dagger, though I thought they were mutants.  That’s not entirely clear, and I think that’s something that needs to be clarified.  This was also the first time that I actually liked Daken as a character.  It’s not often in these days that someone can take Osborn down a peg, so that was nice.  The Weapon Omega story was weakest, largely because he isn’t a terribly interesting character.  Really, he’s just another mutant who can’t control his powers.  However, I did like to see just how far Osborn is willing to go to get “the right people.”  The art in this issue was weaker, though.  Leonard Kirk was as good as last issue, though his faces for Cloak weren’t so good.  However, Paco Diaz and Michael Lacombe weren’t quite as good as they should have been.  Lacombe in particular drew Osborn’s face very strangely.  Nonetheless, Paul Cornell, Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman, and Rob Williams all did good jobs with their characters.  I’m hoping to see a bit more variety in the setup next time, but this is still an intriguing miniseries.

Plot: 8.2      Art: 7.5      Dialogue: 8.0      Overall: 8.0

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