Thursday, September 4, 2008

X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1 Review

Written by Mike Carey, C.B. Cebulski & Skottie Young
Art by Michael Ryan

Remember the X-Men: Divided We Stand books that came out shortly after Messiah Complex ended? How they were made up of multiple short stories, some of which were amazing, others not so much? Manifest Destiny is like Divided We Stand with one exception - it has no good stories in it.

The first story, which is about Iceman, was the only one of the bunch even worth the paper it's printed on and even it isn't that great a story.

It draws on the pre-Messiah Complex betrayal by Mystique, where she seduced Iceman and poisoned him, causing his powers to fail him just as the Marauders were showing up.

The story picks up with Iceman having hooked up with his old girlfriend, Opal, and we're shown that his powers are acting up on him. They decide it is best to contact the X-Men for some help and they are picked up by a remote controlled Blackbird.

Here's where the story goes off the rails as Opal is revealed to be Mystique, who promptly blows a hole in the side of the Blackbird (I'm guessing a pre-rigged bomb in the luggage or something) and kicks Iceman out. Iceman is seen falling into a lake or river and washes up on shore, leaving a To Be Continued for those of us wondering where this ridiculous plot twist came from.

The other stories, if you can call them that, aren't even worth mentioning. One features Boom Boom from Nextwave and X-Force fame and deals with a super villain who's weakness is coffee and Beast explaining what the internet is. The other is about an old New Mutant character and, while the story isn't that bad, the art, which is an insult to other artists, just destroys any kind of involvement the reader could possibly have with the supposedly emotional story.

Verdict - Avoid It. Not sure what Manifest Destiny is supposed to be about, but I don't want any part of it. Divided We Stand worked because it showed us where the various mutants ended up post-Messiah Complex. just a waste of money.

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