I'm a little torn over the House of M. I feel like the book is a toss up between a really exciting premise and a somewhat mediocre (or even anti-climaI'm a little torn over the House of M. I feel like the book is a toss up between a really exciting premise and a somewhat mediocre (or even anti-climactic) execution. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the final battle scene, which I found very satisfying. Having said that, it is a very low-end "4 stars" because I feel as if a whole lot more could've been done and explored within the pages of the book. Basically, the book left me wanting more. Not in the "I can't get enough of this" sense, but in the "I think more should've/could've happened in order for the concept to have been fully explored" sense. Oddly enough, the conclusion seemed more satisfying than its journey/build up. Perhaps what's most rewarding about the House of M then is its subsequent fallout and the effects of it, which are still being felt in the Marvel Universe today....more
What I didn't like about this book was that I don't think it completely filled out its potential. Walton sets her story in a parahistory where HitlerWhat I didn't like about this book was that I don't think it completely filled out its potential. Walton sets her story in a parahistory where Hitler isn't defeated but placated. Jews are still persecuted on the main continent as a result, and while that makes for an interesting setting, I don't think the author fully explores her world. As a result, it all seemed rather pointless to me. Situations and consequences seemed rather haphazardly placed, and I think the book may have worked better had that parahistory been more explored.
I would also have preferred if Walton had decided to pursue just one form of storytelling. The alternating narratives (and voice) made for an interesting juxtaposition of perspective, but it didn't further the plot for me the way I believe she had intended. I wish she would have stuck to either a full blown mystery (the ingredients of which are there, just underexplored...again) or a complete upstairs/downstairs melodrama. Though she touches on both fronts, I felt she somewhat skinted on both attempts. Furthermore, I see no reason for Inspector Carmichael's homosexuality...especially if it's only referenced here and there and again...not fully explored.
I guess what I'm saying is that if you want a good English country, upstairs/downstairs, gay mystery...rent Gosford Park. Having said that though, I did enjoy the book's briskness (if there is such a word)....more
While I enjoyed the retconning of the entire Krakoa episode, I didn't enjoy the way-too-easily tied together ending. Abrupt and shoe-horned come to miWhile I enjoyed the retconning of the entire Krakoa episode, I didn't enjoy the way-too-easily tied together ending. Abrupt and shoe-horned come to mind. Still, it is a welcome addition to X-Men history and I'm always a fan of the master/disciple tension between Cyke and the Prof, and Deadly Genesis provides one of the biggest obstacles to their often strained relationship....more
The most gripping event in X-men history and some say Marvel's finest moment, when comic book storytelling finally grew up. This is science fiction atThe most gripping event in X-men history and some say Marvel's finest moment, when comic book storytelling finally grew up. This is science fiction at its realest and in its purest form, a cautionary tale of how absolute power corrupts absolutely. When love and honor get in the way of lust and greed, the effects are nothing short of earth shattering. Want to know how to make sense of violence? To reconcile life and death? Take a look at The Dark Phoenix Saga and prepare to be transported. This is Claremont and Byrne at their superhuman best....more