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X-Men Unlimited #1

Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2004
By: Joe Pascone

Writers: Tony Lee, J.T. Krul
Artists: Ben & Rai Lai, Tom Mandrake

Publisher: Marvel

The Plot:
Thereís no set plot here, guys and gals. Each issue is going to be two or one stand alone stories dealing with a different set of characters each month. On the menu this month we get a Sage story and a mini mutant named Andy. Sage searches for a piece of her past and our young boy Andy gets a taste of what every parent fears. Baby snatchers, candy thieves, bad kung fu masters, and a bit of the funk thrown in for good measure, itís all there. Well, except for the funk. But itís clearly running through in everything we do, so why leave it out?

2 Cents:
This is part of Marvelís RELOADED (Iíve got a feeling Iíve heard that revolutionary term before) theory that theyíre taking to the big X books. Is it necessary? Yes. I can hear grumblings about Uncanny from mutes. And the X-Men titles are so popular and cut such a wide swath through our pop culture, thank you Hol-E-Wood, that they need to be re-organized every few years.

While these stories arenít exactly something youíd punch your friend in the eye over while arguing the philosophical impact of this book in the modern media, theyíre nice to have around. Both are solid tales that offer us insight into characters we might not otherwise see too much. And thatís the whole premise of the book.

Sage is a mutant with a super computer for a brain and gets all the goodies that come with that. Let me state for the record that her head condition has steadily improved since she was first introduced in the late 40s and early fifties. Itís become smaller and much more compact, shrinking at about a rate of 2 times per year. Ha. Ha. Funny. A computer joke. Darn reviewers straying away from the point. While Sage may be a cuddly as cold popsicle with her ďbeen there, done thatĒ attitude, she still has human emotions. And what sheís after means a lot to her. (What it is though, was lost on this reviewer. Sorry, I must have missed that issue or arc.)

Andy is another mutant at the super hero factory known as Xavierís School for the Gifted. Whatís so special about him? Heís normal. Well, no, but he wants to be. And thatís why he loves Halloween so much. Itís the time of year he gets to be just like everybody else on this blue ball of mud without having to resort to the array of high tech cloaking devices that would be used to hide his appearance. But things never go the way you want them to, right?

Marvelís got something good here. Everybody has a favorite character and no background appearance in a book can do that particular man/woman/thing/robot/twice-evolved-super-bacteria/energy-munching-metal-maggot-producing character justice in their eyes. Hereís the perfect chance to correct that. And all styles of art and writing can be applied here.

Marvel can line up superstars to do a story that theyíve always wanted to do. Marvel can strip mine the indie comic world and still not run out of new writers or artists that people want to see. There are hidden gems all over the place and wouldnít it be grand if that personís start came about by writing or drawing your favorite character on this book? Thatíd be a very sweet comic con must-sign for someone to have. And these stories can take place anytime, anywhere. Each one is stand alone, so whoís to argue when and if something could occur?

Last Chamber:
Sure, you may get Elly Sueís inbred cousin writing and drawing one issue and then Mark Millar and Brian Hitch the next, but youíd be foolish to miss an issue. You donít like something about a book one month? Give it to your little cousin. They donít know any better. You didnít, they wonít either. But if you get that diamond, that precious story that shoots right to the core of your very being, youíll thank me. Probably Marvel first, then me, but Iím being modest again. Stop, youíll make me blush.

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