- 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)
X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back TPB Paperback – 28 Jul 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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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.
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