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Fluffy, Glittery, Occasionally Demonic

February 18, 2010

     For the past couple of years, Pixie has been touted in the latest of a line of young, kid sister X-Men, including Shadowcat, Jubilee, and concurrently, Armor.  Now, once again, she gets the spotlight in X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back!, which purports to explain the truth behind her origin.  For some strange reason, Pixie, Blindfold, X-23, Armor, and Mercury are in high school, with no knowledge of being X-Men or mutants.  When they don’t come out of the bathroom in Utopia, Anole and Rockslide barge in to make sure that they are okay.  Blindfold is in there alone, acting like she is trying to convince the other girls to leave, like they are trapped in something, and only Blindfold sees the truth.  Pixie gets seemingly kidnapped once the other people at the high school are revealed to be demons, and Psylocke and Nightcrawler encounter a woman who looks very similar to her and who claims to be her mother.  Pixie starts to turn back into her normal, mutant self and freaks out, wondering what’s going on, and some massive demon arrives, fairly mad at what is going on.

     All right, due to the nature of Kathryn Immonen’s chosen style in this story, I’m somewhat confused as to what’s going on.  They’re trapped in some sort of demon realm, only Blindfold can tell what it really is, and the demons there are kids?  I don’t know.  I’m not sure how much of this is them being in the high school demon realm, or how much of it is Immonen’s writing, but none of the five girls act anything like themselves, save Blindfold during that brief time when we see her in Utopia.  In fact, Mercury especially is so obnoxiously high school girl-like that I want to puke.  And Nightcrawler and Psylocke are bizarrely jovial.  I mean, I guess everyone is happy sometimes, but the whole tone of the series is just too… pink.  Yet demony.  I don’t know.  This whole thing just doesn’t seem very interesting, aside from the fact that Pixie’s character has been derailed since the end of New X-Men.  And Sara Pichelli’s art style is really very awkward, much like Sana Takeda’s.  The main difference is that the characters in this, especially Pixie, have strangely thin heads and sometimes misshapen faces.  Not very pleasant to look at.  The whole thing just makes me pine for when Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir or Craig Kyle and Chris Yost wrote the young mutants.  They really haven’t been handled well since.  Plus, I hate Pixie being pigeonholed into that young girl sidekick role I mentioned before.  It doesn’t really do her or her “predecessors” justice.

Plot: 5.3      Art: 5.5      Dialogue: 6.0      Overall: 5.5

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