Friday, June 18, 2010

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #2 - Marvel

I really enjoy the approach that this book takes towards the X-Men. Even right from the cover . . the picture of the mutant-baby puke on Emma's tits is hilarious. But when it comes down to it . . Warren Ellis is a genius. I love the way he writes Scott's character. And Henry has this take charge type attitude when he gets a view of all these babies. His concern is that because of the language barrier, even though this problem has been going on for months, there's not concise documentation and discovery. But Emma fixes that, and Henry's goal is to do everything he can to help these babies. The problem they're having is . . the mutant gene is identifiable from birth. But it doesn't activate until puberty. It doesn't seem feasible to Henry that all of the sudden all the rules would change. There's nothing to support the evidence of spontaneous mutant births. Plus . . they don't have the x-gene. 'Just a mess of chromosomal damage.' We find out this issue that there's some residual radiation going on around this village . . where all the mutant-babies have been popping up . . er, I mean . . popping out. The problem is . . it's Ghost Box radiation. You remember, from the Ghost Box mini-series where a mutant race was trying to cross-over into our dimension from another. Well . . it appears that they may be trying it again. Just from a different . . um, perspective. But before they can dig to much into that, they're confronted by one of the local warlords . . Joshua N'Dingi. 'You will now be so kind as to return to your vehicle and leave my country. It is your choice as to whether you'll be carrying corpses or not.' There's a few things going on here. First of all he's holding all of the civilians hostage, threatening to kill them should the X-Men not cooperate. Secondly, he has his own opinion of what's going on here. When Hank asks him about the babies, Joshua replies . . 'They're not children. They're warpies. Escort these people back to their vehicle. Then execute all the babies.' You just know that the X-Men aren't going to stand for that. But it'll be interesting to see what, if anything, they can do. Joshua seems to be a kind of cyborg . . I think. So I don't know if Emma can even affect him. Kaare Andrews does a fantastic job with the art. I've been a fan ever since the Spider-man mini series, Reign. I thought he did a fantastic job there, but . . I think his work on this series is even better. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this one turns out.

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