“The Day After”
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: Randy Green & Aaron Lopresti
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Plot: A roadmap showing where the X Universe will be heading now that House of M has finished.
Comments: Let me tell you right away, normally I hate big cross-overs for a variety of reasons. Often, they have tie-ins that have nothing really to do with the main story, and the tag seems to be there to hook people into buying books they normally wouldn’t. And, lately, they seem to have no real conclusion. And, yes, this was, in my opinion, the case with the House of M. And, I guess I’m right because here we are with the aftermath issue, where we see how the events of the House of M impacted Marvel's Mutants.
It’s a good enough story, I guess. But it mostly reads like a roadmap to where all the remaining regular mutant titles will be going in the future. In other words, it’s not so much a story as it is a series of teasers for other books. From a marketing standpoint, it makes a lot of sense. Put a lot of vignettes for different books in one showcase and hope you get readers for those books as a result.
I will say Claremont seems…tighter in his storytelling than he has in a while. I almost get the tangible feeling how even HE is jazzed about the shake-up the House of M has caused. And the art is top-notch. Visually appealing without trying to overwhelm. And, hey, there are Sentinels, and I’m a sucker for big honking robots. Especially when you have to wonder what their role will be in a post House of M universe.
Final Word: While not a bad story, I got the feeling I was at a wedding showcase. They trucked out little samples of a lot of bands and you have to decide what to pick. But none of the bands put on a complete and satisfying show.
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