Saturday, June 23, 2007

Want To Be Depressed For $3.99?

Buy X-Men: Endangered Species.

Maybe it's me. All the characters are presented accurately, saying and doing the things you would expect them to say. Cyclops is taking the lead, and dealing with his emotions in the background. Wolverine's the guy who's seen death a lot, and knows there's no end till yours. Beast is thinking about the problems ahead and Maddrox is a little off. It's just, how do I say this?

What the hell are they talking about!?

Breeding programs? This wasn't a natural occurrence. Scarlet Witch's powers are preventing new mutants from being born. So why are people trying to find a 'cure' or some crap like that when there are like eight other reality-altering mutants out there with powers intact. Hell, Franklin Richards could fix this faster than he created that freakin' planet on the other side of the sun. No amount of sex is going to restart the mutant gene when you only deal with the effect and not the cause.

And when did the X-Men become about protecting future generations' chances to become mutated freaks? Unless mutants start dying in the street for no reason, I can't see why this is having such a profound effect on everyone else. Xavier's dream is about peaceful coexistence, and if there will be no more mutants (at least, that's the way it is for now) shouldn't they focus on helping those left control their powers and function in society? Why are they so concerned about making sure more mutants come into existence? So those left don't feel alone? That's selfish.

And god, Sebastian Shaw condescending to Xavier? The guy who funded the Sentinels and a S&M society club cannot compare himself to either Xavier or Magneto. Shaw doesn't stand for anything besides himself and money, and all of a sudden, he's a visionary? He was supposed to change the world? Please! It's like Carey pick Shaw because he was the only long standing mutant villain the X-Men have who wouldn't try to kill them on sight or wasn't missing for dramatic reveal purposes. It was inane.

There was just too much talk of death and dying out, like it was immediate. I don't find myself in anyway enthusiastic about reading Endangered Species. Not if this one-shot is an example of what's going to be happening.

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