Tuesday, March 1, 2011

X-Men: Curse of the Mutants (Hardcover) - Review

Knock-Knock! Who's there? X-Men Vs. Dracula . . . Well, his son.


Collecting issues 1-6 of the newly relaunched X-Men series, this story arc revolves around the return of Xarus, who is the son of the departed Dracula. When he starts raining on the X-Men's parade in their new location of San Francisco, Cyclops decides he isn't going to stand for an uprising on his watch.

The story starts off pretty morbid, with a suicide vampiric bomber exploding in the middle of town square. The explosion releases a virus that makes people seek out vampires in order to be their prey, and former X-Man Jubilee was the prime target. The inclusion of characters like Blade and loads of X-Men from all sorts of teams makes it fun to look in the background and pick out old favorites, and the artwork is very fluid, especially during battle scenes.

The book reads like a giant action movie, just the premise of the X-Men fighting against the forces of Dracula scream the atmosphere of a late night double-feature, but the story is executed tastefully so that it doesn't feel over the top. In fact, vampires have been a big part of Marvel Comics for decades, so it isn't that much of a stretch. It's a breath of fresh air to see vampires represented as villains again, when popular literature has been trying to paint them as pretty boys and heartthrobs.

I won't give too much away, but considering since I had already reviewed an issue farther down the line, it's obvious that they quell the vampire menace. The ramifications afterwards are what makes this book worth reading. How far is someone who has left the world of superpowers willing to go in order to have power again?

I had mentioned with my review of issue #7 that I've subscribed to this new series, and I'm excited to see how the new head writer takes on one of the world's most famous teams of characters.

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