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X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back TPB Paperback – 28 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 01 edition (28 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785146768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785146766
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,209,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kathryn Immonen has quickly become one of my favourite writers from the Marvel stable. Her Patsy Walker: Hellcat mini blew me away with its humour and oddity. She unfortunately has yet to be given a high priority ongoing, but her run on Runaways, and her unfortunately punning-titled Heralds cemented my respect for her work. She's also dipped a toe in the Marvel Mutant playpen, most recently with her Wolverine and Jubilee limited series, but earlier with this mini, centred around recent X-Men addition Pixie. And it's very good, though Immonen's writing style is clearly a love-it-or-hate-it proposition - for some, it seems to read as too self-consciously zany, and hard-to-follow (although I'm not certain that last complaint is altogether warranted). This story adds to Pixie's backstory in a way that isn't necessarily helpful to the character (for such a recent creation, she's already laden with baggage that is seemingly unrelated to her original appeal), but does it with such wit and elan that Immonen more than gets away with it. Also, in a way I found surprising, Immonen clearly knows her X-continuity, and nails the characters voices far better than many more experienced male writers. In conclusion, this collection won't be to everyone's taste, but is a surprising and satisfying read for those willing to give something a little different a chance.
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The artwork in this book is definitely hit or miss. Personally I wasn't really fan when I first started reading this but it grew on me.
The story eventually reveals the identity of Pixie's father. I won't reveal who it is but it was a surprising twist although I'm not sure if that was a good or a bad thing.
The character interaction for me was one of the reasons I liked this book and decided to give it 4 stars instead of 3. It was an entertaining read although the characterization was a little off at times maybe...

Overall I liked how this book focused more on the younger x-men but I don't think it will be to everyone's taste.
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As a late 20s man I thought to stay away from a title so naff as: Pixie Strikes Back. Obviously made by Marvel to intice young female readers, I thought I would give it a chance for the simple reason that I am a big Marvel comics fan and wanted to expand my knowledge of the younger X-Men characters. Most of it wasn't worth the read.
I am going to name and shame writer Kathryn Immonen, who must have been high when she wrote this. The dialogue between characters is awfully hard to follow. I know she must have been trying to be 'hip' to reach a certain demographic of reader, but it was really hard to follow. This is a book where they have tried to cram so much 'attitude' into the dialogue that whatever the characters are trying to say gets lost and I started to heavily dislike the characters.
There's a lot more I could complain about, but as a longtime Marvel fan this book did contain some interesting character background as to the main characters origins.

Most of this book could have been condensed, especially as the first half was confusing and the end was dissapointing. Superior artwork would have helped greatly and transformed this book.

This book could have / should have been so much better. It could have been reworked into a substantial book, but I hate to say that Marvel really let its readers down. If this was a draft copy then fine, but this shouldn't have been let onto the shelves with other comics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Megan Gwynn < Kitty Pryde 8 Sept. 2010
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
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Okay, since I only know the bare bones facts about this character, I've had to figure out some things while reading the X-MEN: PIXIE STRIKES BACK trade (which collects all four issues of the limited series). The story's opening pages present a cheery tone as we gaze at Pixie, Mercury, Armor, the forever awesome X-23, and Blindfold merrily sauntering about like they're the happening clique in high school. But nothing is as it seems - one early hint is that Blindfold has eyes - and it's not so long before we realize that what we're seeing here is some sort of illusion, and that demonic forces are in play.

Stuff I know about Pixie (mostly sussed out from that terrific 2008 Free Comic Book Day X-MEN issue which had Pixie in her hometown, fighting off demons): her civilian name is Megan Gwynn; she is a Welsh teenaged mutant from a poor mining community; her pixie dust induces hallucination; she has faery wings and wields a mystical soul dagger of which properties are similar to Magik's soul sword; she tends to prattle on and on. And thanks to Magik, Pixie is missing part of her soul. I knew all this going in - and it's not really much - but I found myself lost for an issue or two, and then I got my bearings. But maybe it's only me who got disoriented. Other readers may well have followed the storyline from jump. Somewhere along the way, the X-Men come to the rescue. Pixie steps in with a bit of trickeration and saves the day. The end.

This mini-series offers a more sinister origin for Pixie, in terms of the identity of her real father who turns out to be a major X-Men villain. There are demons and Pixie's imperious faerie mother shows up to take her daughter back, and we get some fighty fights. But, disappointingly, Pixie's femme posse doesn't do much. This is the same creative team that just had a decent run on the RUNAWAYS title, and I liked what they did on RUNAWAYS better. Kathryn Immonen writes the thing, but there are several transitional beats and surreal elements which were jarring and even a bit confusing. There may have been some character development, but I was floundering enough that it skipped me over. And if you're not so familiar with the other characters, then you are quite screwed.

There seems to be push by Marvel to make Pixie into the next Kitty Pryde. But, the thing is, Pixie hasn't done anything yet to merit the sort of affection that was showered on Kitty. I don't believe Immonen was able to get into what makes Megan Gwynn tick, not really. Megan's infectious personality is what makes her most appealing to me, except that her personality isn't much on display here. Also, there's something funky with the visuals. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the sense I get is that it isn't Sara Pichelli's trippy mangaesque style as much as it is the coloring that's off-putting. So the art is definitely an acquired taste (you can say the same of Kathryn Immonen's writing). The long and the short of it is, PIXIE STRIKES BACK is a mini-series that is diverting at some levels - because I do like Pixie and because X-23 is featured some - but it won't stick in my brain for too much longer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute character driven high school drama 11 Jan. 2014
By Benjamin Ho - Published on Amazon.com
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A nice mini series for one of my favorite characters, the insufferably earnest Pixie. The X-men Academy girls find thesmelves in their own gossip girls high school drama. Which of course turns out to be a super villain plot centered around hallucinogenic pixie dust. Pixie gets some nice character development. The story is silly, the art uneven, but still, ultimately very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 24 July 2010
By David Keith - Published on Amazon.com
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Mildly entertaining X-folk spin off. The story is pretty good. But if I'd have looked at the art before I bought it. I wouldn't have. The artwork is terrible. The writer is pretty good tho and makes up for it a bit. Kathryn Immonen's Hellcat limited series was pretty entertaining as well. I'd give it 3.5 stars. Artwork a 1 and story a 4.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pixie on crack? 24 July 2010
By A Forest Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I challenge anyone to explain what the setting and purpose of this story is. The book opens with the X-girls in high school, or is it all an illusion? Are they on Utopia (Asteroid M)? Are they in Limbo? This book gets an extra star rating because I will assume I am simply too shallow to comprehend the deeper meaning here. The artwork was cluttered and confusing, but then, so was the story. What was going on here, storywise? This book is going to the used book store, I have no idea what it was about.
1.0 out of 5 stars To be skipped! 10 May 2013
By S. Penrose - Published on Amazon.com
Pixie is one of those new era X-characters that actually is enjoyable. She is likable and along the same teen mutants from the past as Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, and Magik. I really like her. All of that being said, this book was a train wreck. The storyline was difficult to follow because the art was so dark. Sara Pichelli's art, who I normally like, is very dark here. Characters don't stand out. Possibly its a new inker but its too dark. The inclusion of Pixie's parentage is an interesting idea with a ridiculous outcome. The villains are a joke and the X-Men actually act out of character. Overall, the book is pretty pointless and unappealing.
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