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Decimation: Son Of M TPB [Paperback]

Roy Allen Martinez , David Hine
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30 Aug 2006
He's lost his powers, his sister and his cause. How far is he willing to go to get them back? All he wanted was to make the world a perfect place for mutantkind. Pietro Maximoff was Quicksilver, the fastest living creature on Earth - until the Scarlet Witch took it all away. Now, the son of Magneto is despised, rejected, alone and powerless. Crushed and defeated, his only hope and refuge lies with the Inhumans. Re-united with his wife Crystal, will his desperate ambitions lead him to an even greater betrayal? Collects Son of M #1-6.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 1 edition (30 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785119701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785119708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 16.6 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decimation: Son Of M 24 Jun 2008
Strange but freakin awesome art. Story's good too. It's good to have read "Inhumans" first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Try 10 Sep 2006
By Steve Fuson - Published on
(This book is a direct sequal to House of M, so if you haven't read that, this will contain spoilers. You have been warned.)

Following the events in House of M, the majority of mutants in the Marvel Universe no longer have any power. Quicksilver, the "perpetrator" of the House of M, is one of them. Formerly the fastest person in the Marvel U, life for him has now slowed to a crawl, and guilt over how the events he set in motion ultimately ended are eating away at him.

After surviving a suicide attempt Quicksilver is taken in by his ex-wife Crystal and her family, the Inhumans. After recovering from his injuries, he steals into the terrigen mists, the source of the Inhumans' powers, to regain his own.

Quicksilver finds that he can move fast again, but something's different. Quicksilver's new powers have to do with moving through time.

Due to his success at regaining some form of power, he steals the terrigen crystals to take to Earth in the hopes of giving the other mutants back their powers as well.

One of the weak points in the story is that Quicksilver is able to pull off some of these feats with the aid of himself from a few days in the future. But when we get a few days into the future we don't see him interact with his past self at all. I know that we're just supposed to "read between the lines" but the way the story is told, and what Quicksilver is up to on those subsequent days, it really feels like he just skipped meeting with his younger self.

There are some good interactions between the characters. The Inhumans, Quicksilver, his daughter Luna, and of course his father Magneto. For almost forty years, Magneto was the villain, and Quicksilver felt somehow responsible for his father's crimes. Now suddenly it is Quicksilver who is the villain, and Magneto is the one pointing out the other's failings.

In the end though, after a story that seems to be building up to something big, it falls flat. The last ten pages or so are confusing and leave the story completely unresolved. I think the problem is that this mini-series is a prelude to Marvel's "Civil War" story arc. So instead of being a complete story, this is just a transitional book. This wouldn't bother me if it was a part of an ongoing series, but this collects a six issue miniseries, and it seems like the point of a miniseries would be to tell a complete story.

I've heard some negative feedback for David Hine's writing. I think this story had a lot of potential, and though I was disappointed with the ending, I don't know how much of that was the writer's fault versus the editors dictating how the story should go in order to set up the next big crossover.

The artwork is mediocre at best. Roy Allan Martinez does mostly outline work, leaving the colorist to handle all the tonal values and shading. (He is, of course, far from alone in this practice). But the colors here are a bit washed out. I don't know if this colorist was trying to look "painterly" or if they just don't understand the concept of shading and value ranges, but every page looks like a washed-out sepia-toned photograph.

Ultimately I would say that if you read House of M, and you're going to read Civil War, and you want to know what happened in the middle, then you'll probably want to get this book. But if you're looking for a great stand-alone story, this isn't it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curious revelations 9 Nov 2006
By CaffineFreeJAVA - Published on
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I haven't been following the Marvel Universe too much in the past 10 years, only picking up a couple SPidermans, Xmens and Daredevils here and again. All of the sduden, The House of M comes about, a reality re-write with effects felt throughout the Marvel's earth. A tidal wave in the form of the mutant population has been cut down to the size of a kiddie-pool splash. Quicksilver, the original cause of the House of M disaster, is the latest victim to be spotlighted as being de-powered. Unlike many others, he was not contented to live as a lowly human and with the aide of the Terrigen(sp?) Mists, he's trying to save the world he knew. He's regained a semblance of his power and is now spreading the gospel of the re-powered mutants.

This story is done decent enough but i've never been fond of the artist. Of the post-MDay stories that came out recently, i preferred X-Factor over this title.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Pietro 19 Jan 2007
By Nealix - Published on
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I didn't want to read a story like this. I had hoped Pietro would regain his old powers but honestly this how House of M thing was just depressing. While torturing fictional characters is a time honored method to build empathy, without the character showing a perserverance through hardship and traditional moral center you just get to watch a scumbag at work. This story really makes Pietro into a scumbag. I don't want to watch heroes become scumbags. I wanted a story of redemption and hope not insanity and depravity. Your mileage may vary but I thought is was bad.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars shoulda been great 25 Nov 2007
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This takes place immediately after the House of M storyline. Quicksilver is left and his true nature emerges. And we've got inhumans (leading up to Silent War). It's a good addition to the story, though while necessary, it isn't, by far, as good as what we've seen so far. Perhaps that is because Quicksilver cannot carry a book on his own. Though he tries.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but not good enough 28 Sep 2007
By J Gent - Published on
It was good reading , good story but kinda makes Quicksilver look like a loser and I hate that. Only question is where is quick now leaves you with him in and out of the Marvel Universe kinda odd.
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