Tuesday, February 5, 2008

X-MEN #26 – November 1993

Civil Disobedience!
Credits: Fabian Nicieza (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Bill Oakley (letterer), Joe Rosas (colorist)

The Avengers defeat the SHIELD agents and fly to Genosha to save Crystal’s daughter. Hawkeye says that the Avengers left behind will face the politicians at the UN. Xavier and Beast break away from their UN convoy in Genosha to meet the “Bipartisan Rebel Batallion”, a group of humans and Mutates determined to stop the civil war. The US Agent secretly follows them. Quicksilver and a group of X-Men arrive in Genosha where they face a group of Cortez’s men. Cortez overhears Quicksilver’s speech against his father and learns that Magneto is now comatose. The Avengers arrive in Genosha and try to stop a skirmish between human soldiers and Mutates. Exodus arrives, killing the humans, proclaiming that the Mutates must be saved.

After the first chapter set up the crossover's premise, the second installment mainly exists to recap the story and move the characters to where they need to be. I like Andy Kubert’s interpretation of the Avengers, and his art brings a little excitement to a middling story. I should point out that X-Men has devoted two issues in a row to two separate crossovers. Nicieza had ended most of his ongoing storylines a few issues earlier, so it doesn’t feel as if anything important is being skipped, but it still gives the title an odd pacing. I wonder if Marvel gave any thought to fans that only purchased one X-title a month, or if they assumed that most of X-Men’s readers followed the entire line.


Teebore said...

I've always followed the line, more or less, so I can only imagine what it would be like for someone to sit down and just read consecutive issues of, say, X-Men around this time. I think they'd get story-telling whiplash, or something.

Anonymous said...

Kubert's depictions of the various groups is great here.

But the story's not so good. For me, there are too many little groups of characters running around. The Avengers group that stay behind to face the UN is the worst element. It shows that they had too many characters involved and too few that tied into this story, which is basically an X-Men one.

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