Sunday, January 17, 2010

X-Men: Deadly Genesis Review


X-Men: Deadly Genesis
Marvel Comics
Softcover Trade Paperback
200 Pages
$19.99 (2007)
$24.99 (2006) Hardcover
ISBN 0785118306
TO BUY: X-Men: Deadly Genesis

Contributors: Ed Brubaker, Trevor Hairsine, Pete Woods, Scott Hanna, and covers by Marc Silvestri

Reprints: X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1-6 (of 6)

Synopsis: A mysterious mutant has awakened in Earth orbit and falls to Earth. Professor X has been missing since M-Day (House of M event when the Scarlet Witch erased 90% of all mutant powers) and the X-Men are under self-imposed incarceration by the government to protect the last remaining mutants at their Westchester estate. Investigating the crash landing near their home several of the core X-Men members go missing and Wolverine is left for dead. The mysterious mutant has a serious vendetta against the X-Men and Professor X in particular.

A senses-shattering secret of Professor X’s past is revealed in this storyline shedding new light on the original “Second Genesis” story which first introduced us to the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men over thirty years ago. The secret is so big it claims the life of one of those original mutants and changes the X-Men dynamic forever

Pros: Finally wraps up one of the longstanding X-Men sub-plots started well over a decade ago, introduces two powerful mutants to the X-Men pantheon, Brubaker and Hairsine are rising talents in the field

Cons: Art finishes get a little sloppy in the final issues, Krakoa would have eaten everyone, have to suspend some major disbelief to get this storyline to knit together 100%, where’s Mr. Sinister?

Mike Tells It Straight: Must-read, controversial X-Men material and prequel to the Rise and Fall of the Shi’ar Empire storyline. Charles Xavier’s reputation has taken a beating over the years (especially after birthing the Onslaught entity) and this one pushes his face farther into the mud. It ends up being a decent page-turner and you won’t be disappointed (unless you happen to like the X-Men member who gets flash-fried halfway through the story)

TO BUY and Recommendations: X-Men: Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire