Post-House of M Pietro is depowered, living in a hellhole, thinking about how life used to be for him. His powers defined him in a major way. Pietro pPost-House of M Pietro is depowered, living in a hellhole, thinking about how life used to be for him. His powers defined him in a major way. Pietro powers have always allowed him to be cocky, to be better than the humans he sees as inferior. Now, without his powers, he feels less than inferior—even to humans. He doesn’t understand normalcy. He doesn’t understand why anyone would want to be just human.
Life doesn’t seem much worth living to him, and he spends much of his time staggering about in his old costume living out his former life in his head and feeling guilty for being part of something that left so many mutants powerless. During an encounter with Spider-Man, Pietro tries to end his own life. He critically injures himself during his quest, but his estranged wife, Crystal, takes him to Attilan where he’s healed.
In desperation, Pietro appeals to Black Bolt to allow him to use the Terrigen Mists to restore his powers. Black Bolt refuses and with understandable reasons that he tries to explain to Pietro (through Medusa). Pietro uses it anyway, but his powers return in an abnormal way. Despite this, Pietro decides to return to earth with the Terrigen crystals and uses them to restore the powers of other depowered mutants. Do I even need to tell you how badly this goes?
Pietro, Pietro, Pietro. I’m a huge fan of Quicksilver. Say what you will about him, but I love him. He has a myriad of baggage that he’s toting around. He has all these personal issues, many stemming from the need to impress a father who hates him. He can’t do much right even in the best of intentions. Part of the problem seems to be that he just can’t shake hubris even when he’s not in the best of shape, and another part of the problem seems to also come from some need to prove himself due to Magneto’s repeated rejections. (And there’s also this fact that he’s more like Magneto than either man is willing to admit.)
Pietro finds himself in a place where he feels he has nothing left to lose—especially if it means getting his powers back. Damn those who stand in his way. The only person who can really seem to touch his heart is his daughter, Luna, who he hasn’t seen in quite some time, but she brings out a softness in him. You can also see traces of love there for Crystal still, and she’s obviously still holding love for him. But she doesn’t understand his human emotions such as jealousy. And he harbors some resentment against her.
I pitied Pietro because this made him seem like one of those people who can’t cope with a situation and find some peace with it. Instead of seeking to improve his situation, he seeks to regain his “former glory.” Since he can’t find his sister, he’s mostly resigned to think that those glory days will never come back without her... until he reaches Attilan. I shook my head at MANY of Pietro’s actions during and after Attilan because there was just so much obvious room for error there. And the inhumans are so particular about humans and not in a good way, but not a damn was given.
And then, Pietro also angered me. One thing that just really bothered me? Repeatedly exposing Luna to the Terrigen crystals to the point that seemed like a drug addict. Just heartbreaking. He finally realizes his actions are harmful to her and tries to do the right thing by sending her back to her mother, but in this, I realize that he’s continuing the odd family dynamics that his family faces. Aside from being the World’s GREATEST Dad (sarcasm), these are the reasons that I like the Pietro and his family. They’re just so damn complicated.
Things I didn’t like? Spider-Man. I think there were better ways to cause Pietro to take that jump rather than having Spider-Man all tangled up in the scene. It just seemed like a waste of panels for a story that could’ve used more panels to tell Pietro’s story. I also didn’t like how restricted this story felt. It was a good story, but it wasn’t a story that could be held by such small constraints. Towards the ends, things started feeling a little rushed like they suddenly realized, “Oh, hell, guys... we’re running out of space!” They lost a little focus and steam, in my opinion. Everything started happening too fast.
I still think that X-Factor probably does his character the most justice, but I did like how this seemed to really try to show Pietro at his worse, that it tried to show readers what desperate men when do when they feel backed into a corner....more
4.5 only because it left me with a couple of questions, but I know they couldn't quite possibly answer all of them. It did go the way I was thinking i4.5 only because it left me with a couple of questions, but I know they couldn't quite possibly answer all of them. It did go the way I was thinking it would go, just a little differently than I thought. But I was close enough. Excellent. Full review here, slight spoilers....more
Reread. Was discussing this with a friend and we decided to reread it to discuss some things. Man, never realized how much I'd forgotten about this coReread. Was discussing this with a friend and we decided to reread it to discuss some things. Man, never realized how much I'd forgotten about this comic....more
Really, this is probably a 2.5 in my book because I have mixed feelings about this arc, and even after rereading it, I'm still mixed. I liked where ClReally, this is probably a 2.5 in my book because I have mixed feelings about this arc, and even after rereading it, I'm still mixed. I liked where Claremont tried to go with this one, but it was a little shortsighted. I feel this is where X-Treme jumped the shark for me....more
**spoiler alert** While staying at the X-Bunker located in San Francisco with the team, Ororo receives a message from T’Challa about disturbing events**spoiler alert** While staying at the X-Bunker located in San Francisco with the team, Ororo receives a message from T’Challa about disturbing events taking place in a small village in Africa. There’s been a rise in the number of pregnancies occurring there, and many of these babies are being born with extraordinary powers and mutations. There are also reports of explosions being caused by these babies and a “devil” living in the bush.
Even though I am a Marvel fangirl (with the X-Men comics being my favorites), I’ve somewhat strayed from them in recent years and have started reading more comics from other companies. I’ve also started reading manga, so I’m being exposed to a whole new world of stories.
This is the first full arc that I’ve read in a while from Marvel. Was I impressed with what I read? No, but I wasn’t disappointed either.
This started out as a really interesting story, but soon became too easy to anticipate. A predictable story isn’t always bad, but the premise of this story held so much potential in my opinion. And even with it’s predictability, the story was solid. The writing was tight, moving. Despite the somewhat dark tone of the story, Ellis knows just when to bring a joke in without making it seem like it was too much.
The end was a bit too whipped up for my taste, but it was nice to see Emma get to shine a little bit. I’m an Emma fan, but she came off more air-headed than usual in this arc as if she were the butt (or should I say “the breasts”?) of some joke that everyone got but her. She just seemed really useless at first, but she made up for it. However, poor Hisako didn’t seem to get much play at all in the comics. She was just there.
Overall, this was a good story. No, it’s not memorable, but it isn’t horrible. And sometimes, given the state of comics now days, I think getting a solid story is a damn good thing. ...more