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X-Men: S.W.O.R.D.: No Time to Breathe

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Agent Brand is no longer the top dog at S.W.O.R.D. Forced to share her leadership post with former Avengers-liaison Henry Gyrich, Brand is less than pleased. Will the arrival of her boyfriend, X-Man Beast, help her out? Not when she discovers Gyrich's plan for fixing S.W.O.R.D. is to rid Earth of all aliens!
Paperback, 120 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by Marvel Comics Group (first published January 2010)
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One can only go so far before the lack of depth in a graphic novel kicks in. And unfortunately X-Men: S.W.O.R.D (which has hardly any links to the X-Men save from ex-X-man beast who looks rather horse-like in this art style) lacks any real depth. When one has already encountered great works like Batman: Noel or Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1 it's easy to understand what a truly good graphic novel/comic should appear like and it's safe to say that this S.W.O.R.D volume is not a great graphic novel.

Federiken Masters
Aug 09, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whedonistas
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo anterior
Estuvo increíblemente cerca de las cuatro estrellitas. Promedio para abajo nomás porque en ciertas partes de la historia resulta fácil perderse y porque el dibujo, aunque me gustó bastante, huele a principiante por todos lados, con todas las incorrecciones anatómicas y confusiones narrativas que eso conlleva. Pero el espíritu de los Astonishing de Whedon y Cassaday está ahí (más en el guion que en el dibujo), y me pareció verdaderamente una lástima que no prosperara esta original serie. A ver qu ...more
Ech. I tried to read this and it annoyed me, and the more I read the more annoying it became, eventually I stopped.
Very lame attempt at a humor comic despite the potential for social commentary on current events (repatriation of all aliens). The art is terrible. Beast looks like a horse (ad rarely invokes his erudite vocabulary, then mocks the reader for not getting that pursuit is a pun on his leonine appearance), although he looks more recognizable in the penciled artwork at the back than in the finished artwork. The only reason I read it is because it came up next in the chronology of the Runaways. Karoli ...more
Wow, this sucked. And it shouldn't have. Joss Whedon made Abby Brand one of the most exciting new characters in the X-men universe, Beast is always a solid, and I like Lockheed. But this is a hot mess on toast.

First of all, I don't know if this artist has ever seen Beast. His face is just so wrong its actually distracting. Especially when you consider that the cover art has him looking good and consistent with his run on Astonishing X-Men.

Also did Beast and Abby get personality transplants? Be
Chris Lemmerman
Excellent. Kieron Gillen is on top form here, plotting a tight story that comes together masterfully by the end of the story. You'd never have guessed that this was meant to be an ongoing series and not a mini-series, with everything tied up by the end and some interesting new characters introduced that will go on to play larger roles in other series, such as UNIT.

If you're not a fan of Steve Sanders' Beast, you probably won't enjoy the art as much as I did, but Sanders' comic timing is excellen
Better than others of Gillen's work that I've read. Is it possible he's improving his writing craft? I expect so little of the Marvel second-stringers these days, that I hardly bother to pick up books not written by the superstars. However this one had me at Agent Brand and I'm glad I gave it a shot.

The story turns at chapter 3 and goes from unapologetic to weaker, but I must commend Gillen and say he redeems himself with some clever lines and ideas (finally) as the story climaxes.

I think in the
Fast-moving, fast-talking, all-to-brief action adventure starring super-badass Agent Brant, who has no time for dithering on the job.

Full of fun ideas and sparky bits of dialogue and one character in particular I thought I wouldn't see in a modern Marvel comic. It's a brief but lean action comic, like Die Hard with a tiny pissed off dragon.
Wanted to like this more than I did.

Can we just one have one secret government agency that just does its job, rather than have the biggest threat it faces be internal politics?

The oddball cast and the potential to be Marvel's Torchwood kept me reading, but the story tries too hard to be dramatic rather than just presenting more of the day to day, ow do you run a secret agency that deals with aliens on earth.

Another good idea, weak comic from marvel.
Well, the plot was a bit.. you know, this was like a really fun action flick, the kind you don't watch for the plot but for the silly jokes and the explosions, I guess. I really enjoyed the interaction between Agent Brand and Hank; I love that she clearly is the one wearing the pants in their relationship, and the banter between them was just a lot of fun.

Actually, that's true of the whole book - it's really sad that it was canceled, but then, books that are fun tend to do worse than the GrimmDa
During his run as a writer on X-Men Joss Whedon created Abigail Brand and S.W.O.R.D. an agent an agency charged with protecting Earth from alien invasion. Whedon had said he someday wanted to write a Brand series, but Marvel chose note to wait for Whedon's to find a hole in schedule to do that writing. The team does a nice job on this book, which last five issues before being canceled due to low sales. Ah we hardly get a chance to know Brand her staff, but the light tone taken here works.
The story as a concept is solid (the small political aspects are alright) but I’ve never had a great interest in aliens in the Marvel universe at the best of times and this did nothing to gain my interest. The drawings of Beast (apart from the cover) are terrible. It is as if Sanders had never seen what Beast looks like and as a result, made him look at various times like a dog, horse and as if in a Manga. This is not worth reading, even for a completest like me.
Ryan Viergutz
Sep 30, 2012 Ryan Viergutz marked it as science-fiction
How did this series only get one volume? It's loony, silly, over the top and generally warped. I was pretty fascinated with Agent Brand in Whedon's Astonishing run, and she's just as cool here. It takes a while to get Beast and her interacting in a fun way - I think Brand was in a bad mood for the first half of the book, understandably - but you can see why they're together in the last half.

The ending is just uber cool.
3.5 stars.
Dec 21, 2013 Brent rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: X-Men fans
Recommended to Brent by: The Book Nook
Shelves: fiction, superhero, sf, comics
Great John Casaday cover right off on first issue...
Great use of Lockheed the Dragon, too.
I never got the uniqueness or read the stories featuring the character Deathshead, yet here he turns up together with The Beast looking more like a jackass than a feline or other mammal. Portrayals vary. This one is slapstick space opera.
Mildly recommended.
Meh. This X-Men mini-series was a little too far afield for me. The only X-Man in it is Beast, and he looks more like a wolf than the lion I'm used to seeing after his secondary mutation kicked in. This would probably only be of interest to die-hard X-Men fans, and maybe not even then.
Not bad. I didn't like the way Beast was drawn on the inside but not bad. The elongated nose didn't suit him and I prefer the cover art but the story (plot wise) was pretty good. Especially as a continuation from a good series to a new author
Chris Boette
What a wonderful surprise this was! Glad I snagged it from the library. An added bonus: having a new writer to look out for at the comic shop.
Apr 17, 2014 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: x-men
A fun romp. Gillen's writing crackles all over the place, keeping the tension and the humor high, while Sanders' art is fantastic. Great stuff.
James Dunphy
Definitely one of the more original Marvel teams assembled in recent memory. Lockheed gets some precious panel space to be bad ass.
Cartoonish looking art, and beyond campy. Horse face Beast totally ruined it. How did they let that slide to finished Book.
Shannon Appelcline
A few nice moments, but overall a paint-by-numbers mini series with little depth.
E.V. Brennan
E.V. Brennan marked it as to-read
Oct 20, 2014
Hima-chan marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2014
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