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Alpha Flight Volume 1: You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me TPB (Alpha Flight Books)
Alpha Flight Volume 1: You Gotta Be Kiddin' Me TPB (Alpha Flight Books)
by Clayton Henry
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Very different, very funny, 7 April 2005
The team who were most famous for constantly sticking their nose into the X-men's business (and Wolverine's in particular) now get a makeover by the lovely people at Marvel. Marvel have a habit of resurrecting teams of the same names as classic marvel series with new team members (e.g. Excalibur without Captain Britain anywhere in sight). Alpha Flight isnt quite the same as the writer, Scott Lobdell, has really tried to do something interesting with it. Walter Langowski, Sasquatch of the original Alpha Flight team, is looking for a new team to help him resuce the former team who have gone off looking for a alien spacecraft and haven't come back (no it's not the same as Chris Claremont's saga from uncanny x-men where Cyclops goes off and gets Prof. X to recruit a new team - enter Wolverine, etc). Alpha Flight have been captured by the plodex (stupid name I know but then again, the Brood?) and the new team goes and rescues them. At least, that's the plan. Sasquatch has some problems recruiting his new team, for example, when going to recruit Major Mapleleaf who is talking to children at a school he gets removed from the premises because they think that he may be a paedophile. His other attempts are equally successful. By hook and crook (and some pay offs) he manages to get his team. And so off they go... For the rest of the story you need to actually read the book for yourself. But don't be prepared for anything even vaguely serious. This is an amazing parody of more traditional marvel comics, there are comments by characters about some of the 'conventions of the genre'and Major Mapleleaf is like Dudley Do-Right goes Marvel. So treat yourself to a laugh and enjoy yourself with a new incarnation of Canadian superheroes.


New X-Men: Academy X Volume 1: Choosing Sides TPB
New X-Men: Academy X Volume 1: Choosing Sides TPB
by Nunzio DeFilippis
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic addition to the world of the X-men, 31 Mar 2005
I liked this almost from the minute that I picked it up. The new characters introduced are interesting, engaging and can be related to, taking X-men back to its roots of teenage mutant students. The students have been put into teams of five students and this focuses on two of them. The New Mutants are led by Danielle Moonstar and consist of Prodigy (David), Wind Dancer (Sofia), Wallflower (Laurie), Surge, Elixir (Josh) and Wither (Kevin). The Hellions are led by Emma Frost and are Hellion (Julian), Mercury (Cessily), Rock Slide, Tag, Dust (Sooraya - also appears in New X-men)and Icarus (Josh Guthrie - star of Uncanny X-men's 'She Lies with Angels'). The two staff members don't get on particularly well and neither do their students. This volume is basically introducing the new characters and includes encounters with the FBI and an appearance from Lockheed the dragon. The only older characters who really make an appearance in this series seem to be Dani Moonstar, Emma Frost and Rahne Sinclair (Wolfsbane). The artwork is very good and based on this first volume Academy X seems promising.


The Draco: v. 4: Uncanny X-men
The Draco: v. 4: Uncanny X-men
by Chuck Austen
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nightcrawler's Past Revealed, 31 Mar 2005
The idea behind this book is that it explains Nightcrawler's origins. I'm not going to reveal too much but it does overturn some of the information that we've been told before but surprisingly it all seems to work out. Mystique features and there's some dimension hopping to keep you entertained as well. It isn't as good as some of the other volumes in the Uncanny series but it does explain the origins of one of the more significant characters in the x-men universe.


Astonishing X-Men Volume 1: Gifted
Astonishing X-Men Volume 1: Gifted
by Joss Whedon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joss Whedon Gets It Right Again, 31 Mar 2005
This is Joss Whedon's second notable effort at writing for comics (see Fray - Buffy of the future but completely different which is also fantastic) and he seems to have a talent for it, whether working with other people's characters or his own. The setting for Astonishing X-men is simple - Professor Xavier is off on Genosha doing all of the stuff that you can see in Excalibur - and so Emma Frost and Scott Summers are running the school as joint headmasters. Completing the senior staff are Henry 'Hank' McCoy (Beast), Wolverine and Kitty Pryde, returning after her time at uni. But even before everyone is settled down, news of a mutant cure spreads and causes chaos among the mutant community.
'Gifted' grabs you right from the start and doesn't let you go. Whedon handles the relationships in X-men masterfully: Emma and Scott, the tension between Scott and Logan, so well that you can't tell that he hasn't written for X-men before. He manages to succeed by getting the little things right (Beast's desire to be 'normal', Logan's cynicism and sometimes barely controlled aggression) and introducing slightly new things that work - like giving Kitty a bit more of a back bone than she's had in her appearances in X-treme X-men.
If you're just starting to delve into the world of the X-men then I suggest that you read the Ultimate series rather than this because while there isn't too much revisiting of the past it does help to be familiar with what has happened before this series.
Overall this looks like one of the better Marvel series to be released in the last few years and if you're trying to choose just one to read then this one of the most rewarding.


X-Treme X-Men Volume 8: Prisoner Of Fire TPB: Prisoner of Fire v. 8
X-Treme X-Men Volume 8: Prisoner Of Fire TPB: Prisoner of Fire v. 8
by Igor Kordey
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Artwork and a Good Story, 12 Jan 2005
As you can guess from the image, this GN features the return of Shadowcat, still student by day, leather-clad barmaid by night. The X-treme X-men are spending some time with Rogue and Gambit while they try to figure out what to do about Elias Bogan, mutant predator. Sage and Bishop come up with a plan that involves Bishop being kidnapped by Bogan's pet mutants. While the other X-men try to deal with this Sage, Magma, Rogue and Kitty go after Bogan's tame telepath. If you can figure out who she is before she's unmasked well done.
I liked this as you see more of Sage and what makes her tick and also her history with Bogan is revealed. There are also appearances from Skids (Sally Blevins) and Sunspot. Rogue is very good in this book, especially considering that she doesn't have her powers.
The artwork in X-treme X-men is very good, Salvador Larocca is fantastic. If you enjoyed the others in the series, read it, especially as rumour has it that this series is being finished up soon.


Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Lost
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare meets Cole Porter, 12 Jan 2005
This review is from: Love's Labour's Lost (Audio CD)
This CD soundtrack isn't bad overall, so long as you like instrumentals and all the Cole Porter songs featured in the film. My personal favourite is 'face the music and dance', although 'there's no business like show business' is also good. It's good to hear the familiar songs sung by unfamiliar voices although Matthew Lillard shouldn't really have been allowed any solos! It's one of those soundtracks which features all the distinctive songs from the film and so if you found yourself singing along while watching this may be worth buying.


Exiles Volume 8: Earn Your Wings TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
Exiles Volume 8: Earn Your Wings TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Mizuki Sakakibara
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Nocturne, 12 Jan 2005
You get suspicious when an Exiles character is given an individual front cover as this sometimes means that it is their last issue. Unfortunately Nocturne bows out in this issue. However, she doesn't die and the way that the writers have dealt with it leads you to believe that there may be more appearances by her in the future (like what happened with Blink). Her role as pointy-earred blue female is taken over by Namora, a blue Atlantean and the under-sea nation's first mutant. In one storyline she encounters her male counterpart, Namor, Prince of Atlantis which is quite interesting.
The collection of stories in this GN includes appearances by the Brotherhood of evil mutants, the Fantastic Four and the Impossible Man and is generally quite good although nothing spectatular. Another addition to the team is Barnell Bohusk (Beak) from New X-men. Again the writers lead us to believe that there's something important in store for him in the future. Generally good although nothing really happens to let you know more about the members of the Exiles team with the exception of the new arrivals.


Exiles Volume 7: A Blink In Time TPB: Blink in Time v. 7 (Graphic Novel Pb)
Exiles Volume 7: A Blink In Time TPB: Blink in Time v. 7 (Graphic Novel Pb)
by Chuck Austen
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exiles meet Weapon X, 7 Nov 2004
This is where things between Weapon X and the Exiles finally come to a head. The two teams meet and it's not pretty. With the introduction of Hyperion to the Weapon X team, things go badly wrong, when they ignore their mission and instead attempt to take over one of the worlds in which they're sent to. The Exiles arrive and the result is chaos.
I liked this, as a Magik fan, because we see more of Illyana than just a bloodthirsty girl with a sword and magic powers.


X-Treme X-Men Volume 7: Storm - The Arena TPB: Storm - The Arena v. 7
X-Treme X-Men Volume 7: Storm - The Arena TPB: Storm - The Arena v. 7
by Chris Claremont
Edition: Paperback

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it if you like Storm, 31 Oct 2004
This is definitely a book for fans of Storm, although it is also notable for the appearance of Yukio, Storm's longtime friend.
Basic plot line, someone is using mutants to fight in arenas and making a lot of money from the bets placed on the fights. Storm gets involved so do the other uncanny x-men. Appearances by Masque, who has definitely changed a lot.


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