Monday, January 12, 2015

Epic Beards of Review: X-Men Annual #9 (Comic-a-Day #12)

X-Men Annual #9, 1985 (w) Chris Claremont (a) Arthur Adams

Epic, friends. Truly epic.

It's got to be something in the way you throw these few mutants head-first into a sword and sorcery story, because I just craved each and every page. There's a nice head shot intro on the first page for starters, each and every member of the team here so that we can get an idea of who we're dealing with. Then there's a nice jump into the action as the X-Men find themselves awoken to Kitty Pryde's screams as she's makign some sort of psychic contact with Magik. Very easy gimmie, but it works on getting everyone together, and quick.

A shame Rachel isn't going to tell Cycolps that he's her dad, because subtle hints are cluing him in enough, I suppose. She shows up wearing a knock-off Jean Grey costume asking "Hey guys--what gives? You look like you've just seen a ghost!" Somebody give this kid a psychic slap now. Oh hey, I'll take on Phoenix as a name, too. Now that I think about it, that seems pretty creepy.

As the X-Men prepare for their assault on Asgard, there's a dream sequence where all of The New Mutants are very vocal about their love for Asgard. Though Loki never has a direct hand in how all this pans out, his influence by bringing them here has helped shape their opinions on their adventure. It might be hard getting them out.

I won't spoil the mechanics, but lots of wheeling and dealing at the hands of Loki, much like what we saw in the culmination of the X-Men/Alpha Flight crossover issues. Lots of mythology and growth (for our New Mutants, at least) and great storytelling.

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