Sunday, January 10, 2010

Madrox: Multiple Choice Review

Madrox: Multiple Choice
Marvel Comics – Marvel Knights
Softcover Trade Paperback
120 Pages
ISBN 0785115005
TO BUY: X-Factor: Madrox - Multiple Choice

Contributors: Peter David, Pablo Raimondi, Drew Hennessy, Brian Reber, and covers by David Lloyd

Reprints: Madrox #1-5 (of 5)

Synopsis: Jamie Madrox has started a detective business in Mutant Town and gets a visit from two of his former teammates (Wolfsbane and Strong Guy). In staggers one of Madrox’s dupes with a fatal stab wound and a reluctant Jamie absorbs him (along with the pain of his dying). A flash of memories involving a particularly beautiful woman gets the original Madrox heading to Chicago to solve a noir-esque, gumshoe mystery of the old favorite “who killed Madrox?” storyline.

Pros: Prequel to X-Factor series, Madrox is a character with a lot of potential and David brings him center-stage for some interesting material, some good twists and turns to keep the story lively, Wolfsbane and Strong Guy offer some good background material

Cons: Noir stories can be cheesy and some of the lines in this one are pure cheddar (on purpose of course), includes covers but no additional extras

Mike Tells It Straight: Essential reading if you're a fan of Madrox or the current X-Factor series (volume 3, I think). A decent one-time read, but suffers from typical X-Book syndrome - new readers will be lost without knowing some backstory on the characters and their current histories.

Recommendations: X-Factor Vol. 1 The Longest Night X-Factor Visionaries: Peter David Vol. 1