Comic Thoughts: X-MEN Vol.4 #s9-11

Comics and MangaKristina PinoComment

While I wasn't looking, I missed not just one, but three issues of Brian Wood's X-Men. Whoops.

It's just as well, though. While I'm enjoying the story, my overall level of excitement has gone down as the art style keeps going all over the place. I'm still going to stick to it, though. I'm enjoying everything else that's going on with these books, for the most part, and the writing/pacing is still tight and exciting. Issue #11 left off at a great spot to leave me drooling for more.

The only minor problem I'm running into now is the cast has gotten huge, and I'm starting to mix people up. Since this is my first X-Men comic, I'm not familiar with a lot of the characters' given names, just their titles like Psylocke, Rogue, etc. Using the real names adds a lot to the narrative - I'm absolutely not complaining about it - it's just getting a little tough for me to keep up sometimes because for me, they're mostly new.

That and I was confused a bit by the dialogue between Ana and Yuriko. Maybe the lettering should be a different typeface when one or the other is speaking, kind of like there's a different font for Enchantress. But then again, maybe it's confusing on purpose because they both speak through the same body, so the others wouldn't know the difference just by the sound of her voice. Whatever the case, I did have to re-read a few panels to make sense of what was going on there, because it wasn't immediately obvious to me while reading that dialogue the first time around.

Anywho, these are my thoughts for now. Like I said, I'll keep reading! I also kind of hope that Clay Mann, who penciled the last few pages of #s 10 and 11 to fill in what's going on with Jubilee and the students, keeps coming back. Out of the three artists whose work I saw in these three issues, I love his the best. Though, to Dodson's credit, the covers look brilliant. The art in between the covers, though - It just doesn't jibe with me, personally.

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