Wednesday, March 12, 2008

X-FORCE #33 – April 1994

Child’s Play Third Move – Rules Were Made to be Broken
Credits: Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tony Daniel (penciler), Jon Holdredge (inker), Chris Eliopoulos (letterer), Marie Javins (colorist)

Cable tricks Fitzroy into draining life energy from his techno-organic arm, causing Fitzroy to drain his own energy and create a teleportation portal. X-Force use Fitzroy’s guide Bantam to go back to his previous location. Cannonball’s sister Paige follows them. The New Warriors confront Graydon Creed and learn where the captured New Mutants and Hellions are being held. Justice turns Firestar over to the Gamesmaster and learns that all of his captured targets are hooked up to his mind. Justice can’t fight Gamesmaster without harming them. Later, Karma reveals that she took over Siena Blaze’s mind hours ago, and releases the other abductees. Blaze appears, under the control of the Gamesmaster. He tells Karma that he knew what she was doing all along and will now use their powers against X-Force and the New Warriors.

The Child’s Play crossover continues, basically just moving the characters to where they need to be for the finale. Nicieza pokes some fun at the rather lame Fitzroy and Bantam, but that’s really the only highlight of the issue. Paige Guthrie is given another brief scene when she follows X-Force without their permission. I really have no idea why she’s in this story, especially since Generation X is still months away and Marvel hasn’t figured out what her powers are supposed to be yet. The upcoming summer crossover will pave the way for Generation X, while Paige’s role in this story is essentially forgotten. Tony Daniel’s art is starting to develop a looser, less restrained style that doesn’t really work. There’s a lot of energy on some of the pages, but at times, it looks like he’s just forgotten how to draw human faces and anatomy.

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