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Cleaning the Plate for 1/7/09 - Spoilers

Brand new week and another look into War of Kings.

cable10.jpgCable #10
This seems to be an X-Book that people either really dig or dislike immensely. You can go a head and put me in the really dig category. The cat and mouse game between Cable and Bishop is fascinating, and the use of time travel (one of the largest cliché’s in the X-Men universe), is utilized well in this book. Issue 10 picks up with Cable and his wife continuing their trek across the future America with the Messiah Child while Bishop finally escapes captivity from Cyclops and pals. Emma briefly picks up that he’s headed towards Westchester County, believing that Cable is going to be there; and he’s right on the money! Add to this issue another personal loss for the child of Scott and Madelyn and we’ve got another solid issue. What intrigues me the most about this book is I’m not sure who is really in the right, here? Is Bishop justified in his pursuit of the child, knowing that she is the end to mutant kind; or is Cable’s belief that she is mutant kinds only hope, the right choice? That is why this book works for me. No black and white, only shades of gray (or should I say, Grey?). My score: B

 

siwarofkings.jpgSecret Invasion: War of Kings #1
Hold on to your hat folks and get ready for the ride of your life. Abnett and company have shot this event right out of the gate like a speeding bullet. This is a perfect blend of writer/artist symmetry. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning tell a riveting tale of where the Inhumans have been and where they are going, and they do it through the eyes of my least favorite character – Crystal; to great success I might add. Yet, it’s the pencils of Paul Pelletier and Bong Dazo that balance this story out so beautifully. From Maximus’ creepy grins as he revels in his brothers play for the Kree Empire, to Crystal’s haunting looks as she sees the point of no return for her people, these two capture it perfectly. If you haven’t read this, do so, you won’t be disappointed. If you have read it, do it again. You might be surprised at the subtle nuances that you missed the first time. My score: A

 

sword14.jpgThe Sword #14
Published by Image Comics and created by The Luna Brothers, this is a grand story of a young girl named Dara and her connection to a lost sword that gives her great powers, but only when she has it in her possession. Just as I enjoyed Vertigo’s Underground Velvet, but never figured out exactly why; the same goes for this title. There’s nothing really exceptionally special about it. A bit of action and melodrama wrapped in the age old story of revenge, it’s an old tale that has been told time and time again. So maybe that’s why I do enjoy this book, it’s familiar and fun. Writing and art are clear and crisp, and it has a feel of a sweeping epic to it. This issue has Dara and her friends hunting the second of the three “old gods”, who have murdered her family. They find him, a battle to get to him ensues, and in the end, Dara and companions must flee – without the sword. If there is one complaint I have on this title it’s that the secondary characters could use a lot more fleshing out. I’d like to know more about them, their background, and what keeps them by our hero’s side. My Score: C+

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