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One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book: X-Club #1 vs. Action Comics #4

Written by Veggieleezy on Monday, December 12 2011 and posted in Reviews

Can Marvel's new miniseries take on the Man of Steel? Read on and find out! It's X-Club #1 vs. Action Comics #4!



Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:


Red Book: X-Club #1 (Simon Spurrier, Paul Davidson, Rachelle Rosenberg)

Blue Book: Action Comics #4 (Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, Rick Bryant, Sean Parsons)



Review:


Red Book: X-Club #1 (Simon Spurrier, Paul Davidson, Rachelle Rosenberg)

Synopsis-

Cyclops' resident science squad is building a new form of satellite, but the Atlanteans aren't pleased. What caused this conflict and how will it be resolved?

Pros:

Writing-

First, I appreciate that Atlantis is being used as a prominent feature in this story. I frequently feel like there are a lot of missed opportunities with Atlantean lore and this arc could build on that nicely (perhaps an appearance from Namor?). All of the primary players are defined clearly and distinctly. There's a funny bit featuring Wolverine watching the news that I won't spoil as well.

Art-

The art for this book is very suited for an X-book. The style is rather unusual but still compelling. The character designs, especially for Danger, are all tailored to the character's personality, which is a nice touch. The Atlanteans are very cool and their designs are actually quite interesting. I'm interested to see how they're used moving forward.

Cons:

Writing-

This book is not very friendly to new readers. The only characters I know are Cyclops (who barely does anything), Wolverine (in a cameo), and Danger (only because I read Ultimate X-Men from several years ago). Dr. Nemesis is a "science bastard", which is used to its fullest extent. Aside from a one-liner here and there, he's actually rather unlikable. That's a problem with this issue; I'm not made to care about these characters. Perhaps I would if I understood the events leading up to this point, but I feel like that would take a significant amount of time and effort.

Art-

The style, as I've said, is rather unusual. It's not bad, though, it's just odd. Everyone seems like they've been stretched out. The color choices are a bit bland for my taste and apart from a cool space shot there's just not very much special about the art.

Blue Book:

Synopsis-

Superman faces off against a new enemy, Luthor's deals have a drastic side effect, and a new ally appears! Can Superman defeat these new threats to Metropolis?

Pros:

Writing-

Grant Morrison knows how to write Superman. The story has been rolling smoothly since issue one and I've been looking forward to each one as they come out. The story and characters are being developed nicely and the action is big and bold just like you'd want a Superman book to be.

Art-

Rags Morales was not one of my favorite artists at first, but now that I'm seeing his work here it's growing on me. I originally hated the T-shirt and jeans look for Superman (I still hope they change it a little), but at least it makes sense now. Metallo (spoilers) looks badass and Brainiac, or what we assume to be Brainiac looks really creepy and alien. Luthor's new look is also appropriate for his character.

Cons:

Writing-

Strangely enough, Lois Lane is the weak point for me here. The relationship between her and John Corben, AKA Metallo, has always seemed way too forced for me to appreciate. For some reason I've never like that angle. I guess it's to give Corben a heart before it's destroyed or something. Still, that's really the only major clawing complaint I have about this issue. If the Metallo story were tweaked so the Corben/Lane relationship weren't such a huge factor, I'd be all over it.

Art-

Get rid of the T-shirt and jeans, please. I heard that they were planning on doing that at some point, I just wish it would get here sooner. The only other complaint I really have is that Luthor's design doesn't entirely seem consistent. At times it looks like he's overweight, other times he seems to be merely chubby, still other times he looks rather skinny. It could well be that I'm just not very good at making contiguous sense of Luthor, but for me it's hard to get a full, proper image of Luthor, which is a bit of a disappointment.

Winner of the Week:

Action Comics #4!

Closing thoughts- In all fairness, X-Club will have its fanbase and it'll do just fine, I believe. However, the writing of Action Comics pulls it ahead this week.

It's a shame to see Rags Morales leave so early in the run, but Grant Morrison's writing will certainly remain a high point for hopefully quite a while. That said if you're interested in X-Club by all means pick it up. It's just more geared to people who have been following X-Men for a while now. Marvel hasn't been too new-reader-friendly lately, have they? Anyway, that's all for me! Up, up, and away!




One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book: X-Club #1 vs. Action Comics #4

One Book, Two Book, Red Book, Blue Book: X-Club #1 vs. Action Comics #4


Review by: Veggieleezy

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