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X-Men: Hellbound #3

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010
By: Michael Deeley

Chris Yost
Harvey Tolibao & Tom Raney, Sandu Florea (i)
Marvel Comics
The team in Limbo frees Magik who helps them defeat the demon Níastirh and the corrupted Gambit. The relationship between Magik and Pixie changes from enemies to comrades. Then everyone goes home.

But we never see this team return to the core ďSecond ComingĒ series. I was expecting a last minute return of these characters to the battle in San Francisco and Magikís teleporting powers turning the tide. Instead, this mini-series takes place almost completely independent of the crossover that launched it. So thereís no compelling reason to read it.

That doesnít mean itís bad. As far as comics go, itís about as good as anything else on the stands. Iíd even go as far as to say itís typical of comics today. The story and characterization are based on long-term continuity. If you donít know it, youíll be lost. The violence is more graphic than what we saw in comics 20, even 10, years ago. The overall tone of the story is fairly dark. (Theyíre in a demon realm that corrupts their souls.) This dark tone is matched by the artwork. Itís bleak, but also has a wider palette and more subtle variations made possible by modern computer coloring. The pencils and inks have enough detail to give the art a sense of realism without actually being realistic. The physical conflict is driven by personality conflicts. We see a literally physical argument between Cannonball and Gambit about his fitness as a leader. And the seed is planted for a future storyline.

If someone wants to know what comic books are like these days, Iíd point to this as ďaverage.Ē And thatís about all itís good for.



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