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Another Wyngarde Girl

April 11, 2010

     Pixie and the other randomly chosen young X-Girls continue their story in X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back! #2, in which we find out how they got into this mess in the first place.  Pixie received an invite to a private Dazzler show, so she brought Armor, X-23, and Mercury along for the ride.  Notice I didn’t say Blindfold.  Pixie dispatches some thug with some well-placed pixie dust, and they go into the club, which is obviously not what it seems.  The music is loud, and somehow, some demon casts an illusion, bringing us to the present time.  Pixie is being crowned demonic prom queen, and she’s pissed that her friends aren’t happier.  The lead demon, named Saturnine (some old Ghost Rider villain), tells one of his servants that he’s going to reach that dark place in Megan’s soul so he won’t need a master anymore.  Back in Utopia, Anole, Rockslide, and Blindfold inform Emma Frost about Pixie and the others being missing, and Nightcrawler arrives to tell Emma about Pixie’s mom.  Blindfold says some cryptic stuff, and Pixie stabs the Blindfold in the illusion while trying to get them all to show their “true colors.”  The real Blindfold mentions Dazzler, and they all go to Pixie’s room to check things out.  X-23 starts killing things, and Rockslide finds the invitation to the Dazzler show.  Elsewhere, Pixie’s mom is looking for someone.  She eventually finds the people she’s looking for: Martinique Jason and Regan Wyngarde, a.k.a. Mastermind and Lady Mastermind.  Because it seems that Pixie is their little sister.

     Well, I’ll say this for Kathryn Immonen.  She knows how to write Emma Frost, a skill which so few people possess these days.  However, putting that aside, this whole story is just silly.  For one, the choices of the main girls are really random.  Surge would make a lot more sense than Armor, and Mercury still feels rather… off.  Plus, there’s the fact that all of them look ridiculous in their civilian clothes.  Maybe that’s just my bad fashion sense, but I think that X-23 especially looks just silly.  The plot is still rather unclear (as we still don’t know what this guy wants, how this is related to Pixie’s parentage, or how they actually got trapped in an illusion), and I’m just so disappointed about the characterization of these girls.  It makes me miss the classic New X-Men stuff, back when they were written by writers who truly understood them (Craig Kyle and Chris Yost, Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis).  It’s not bad, but this story is just so ridiculously fluffy and sparkly.  Sara Pichelli’s art doesn’t help that much either.  Like the writing, it’s not bad, but the style can be so obnoxious to look t that it makes me wish that Stuart Immonen (whose covers look great) was the one drawing this.  I subscribed to this book because I like Pixie (at least, the way she used to be written) and because I wanted to find out who her dad was.  Well, now I know the answer to that question, and I’m just kind of stuck here for the rest of this glittery ride.  I remember the days when the younger X-Men were actually written well…  Those were good times.

Plot: 6.2      Art: 7.0      Dialogue: 8.5      Overall: 6.6

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