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Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame #5

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2005
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Akira Yoshida
Artists: Paul Smith(p), Joe Rubenstein(i), Chris Walker(c)
Publisher: Marvel

Things I learned from Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame.

1. Unless written by Joss Whedon, X-Men books even those focusing one member are impenetrable.

2. Kitty Pryde related books included.

3. A book that looks like it will suck, will suck.

4. Even books featuring the artwork of Paul Smith.

5. Avoid books with ninja in them.

6. The ninja craze died after Frank Miller used them ubiquitously in Daredevil. They may have even been dead then, but man, Daredevil never read so well before and never will again. Though Anne Nocetti's run was memorable. A pity what Bendis did to her Typhoid Mary character. Schmoopie. It still haunts me.

7. Ninja are dead assassins from ancient times. Their secrets will never be known, despite the books purporting otherwise.

8. Books having these long dead assassins or their followers in them will suck.

9. That includes Kitty Pryde related books.

10. Silver Samurai. Bad guy? Good guy? Dead guy? Live guy? Feh. I don't really care.

11. By all means, have a character who can become intangible engage in a swordfight. That makes so much sense.

12. If you're character isn't a lesbian, have her spout off lines like this:

"Luring me somewhere quiet and romantic to take advantage of me. Sorry, but I'm not that kind of girl." Right. That also makes sense.

13. Let the weak villain get away. Because everybody will want to see another swordfight by Kitty who can turn intangible and the generic ninja-girl.

14. This doesn't even work as bad porn.

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