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Get It All Out

January 4, 2010

     With Utopia over, Chris Kyle and Craig Yost, the writers of New X-Men and X-Force, bring us the heartfelt confessions between Cyclops and Emma Frost that preceeded said story in Dark X-Men: The Confession.  Following Beast coming into their room and telling them that they will have to tell each other the truth, Emma Frost suddenly decides to leave after having a fight with Cyclops.  However, she can’t do it without actually telling Cyclops why she’s leaving.  They revisit Cyclops’ mindscape, and each of them in turn reveal their secrets, including X-Force, Namor, Messiah War, and the Cabal.  In the end, they both choose to accept each other’s failings and fall right back in love, agreeing to completely trust each other.  This, of course, leads into their sneaky little plot to betray Norman Osborn that we saw in Utopia proper.

     Wow, that was way too clean of a confession.  Sure, they both spilled their guts, but no arguing?  No accusations?  It almost seems like they’d rather just whitewash over their mistakes rather than actually deal with them.  And the whole Scott mindscape and black box thing is such a trite metaphor after Matt Fraction using it in Uncanny X-Men over and over that I’d really rather not see it again.   So I would have to say that this isn’t that good an issue.  Utopia itself was far more interesting, aside from the actual Utopia part at the very end.  And the cover deceives you into thinking that we’re going to get to see some of the work of the brand new Yanick Paquette.  No, instead we get boring Bing Casino, whose art is so absolutely plain that he can make murder and other evil deeds seem boring.  Part of that is also the fault of the mudding coloring of Edgar Delgado and Brian Reber too.  So does it bring closure on that aspect of Utopia?  Yes it does.  Is it satisfying?  Not at all.  In fact, I’d say that them splitting up would have been a more interesting plot development than this.  Fraction and his cohorts are taking the great Emma Frost that Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon developed and slowly turning her into a touchy-feely goody two-shoes.  So much for character diversity in the X-Men.

Plot: 4.9      Art: 4.3      Dialogue: 6.1      Overall: 4.7

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