GLX reviews X-Men: Curse of the Mutants HC.
Writer - Victor Gischler
Penciler - Paco Medina
Inker - Juan Vlasco
Colorist - Marte Gracia
The X-Men are one of the most popular superhero teams in the world; vampires are the current "it" monsters. It's no wonder then that Marvel would pit the X-Men against a legion of vampires. On paper, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants looks like it's a stale story, but the creators' execution made it better than it sounds.
The strength of X-Men: Curse of the Mutants is Victor Gischler's handling on each side's respective leaders. Xarus, Cyclops and Dracula are given appropriate amounts of intelligence that compliment their personalities well. Gischler has a good grasp on the vampires' background and individual characteristics. It seems as if Gischler could write an entire ongoing series on these characters. Plus, he keeps the story moving at a good pace.
Without spoiling anything, the handling of one pivotal vampire could've been better. Considering the activities that this particular character has engaged in, the world of the X-Men could've been rocked if the character had let some certain information out; however, the character mentions none of that information out and just focuses on intimidating his foes. Despite Gischler's efforts, I can't find the vampires' background to be interested. Sure, they come in different forms and specialties, but there's nothing solid to make them worth further reading.
While Paco Medina's style isn't my cup of tea, I can appreciate his craftsmanship. His panel work gives the story a nice flow and doesn't clutter it up with static images; his characters emote in an appropriate and diverse fashion. One thing that I wish Medina would focus more on his more detailed work in the future. The flashback scenes show potential for some interesting art from him. Juan Vlasco and Marte Gracia flesh out Medina's line work. Their work fits the tone of Medina's pencils and Gischler's script.
The rest of the collection contains some interviews and bonus content, yet it lacks the Death of Dracula one-shot. It's an odd omission, since the comic serves as a prologue to the contents of X-Men: Curse of the Mutants. Still, if you're a big fan of vampires and the X-Men, give this shot. Everyone should look through it, but it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea.
7* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX
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