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It's the explosive aftermath to the year's most talked about wedding! The X-Men are on the run, and Northstar accepts a deadly assignment. Meanwhile, newlywed Kyle learns the hard way that marrying Northstar also meant marrying his family. And in this case, that means the X-Men! Meanwhile, Susan Hatchi reveals her connection to the X-Men. How long can the team survive with It's the explosive aftermath to the year's most talked about wedding! The X-Men are on the run, and Northstar accepts a deadly assignment. Meanwhile, newlywed Kyle learns the hard way that marrying Northstar also meant marrying his family. And in this case, that means the X-Men! Meanwhile, Susan Hatchi reveals her connection to the X-Men. How long can the team survive with her nanobombs circulating through their bloodstreams? As Hatchitech weapons start showing up around the globe, and civilians are caught in the crossfire, the X-Men must make a decision...take down Hatchi or save their teammate Karma! Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 52-56, Annual


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It's the explosive aftermath to the year's most talked about wedding! The X-Men are on the run, and Northstar accepts a deadly assignment. Meanwhile, newlywed Kyle learns the hard way that marrying Northstar also meant marrying his family. And in this case, that means the X-Men! Meanwhile, Susan Hatchi reveals her connection to the X-Men. How long can the team survive with It's the explosive aftermath to the year's most talked about wedding! The X-Men are on the run, and Northstar accepts a deadly assignment. Meanwhile, newlywed Kyle learns the hard way that marrying Northstar also meant marrying his family. And in this case, that means the X-Men! Meanwhile, Susan Hatchi reveals her connection to the X-Men. How long can the team survive with her nanobombs circulating through their bloodstreams? As Hatchitech weapons start showing up around the globe, and civilians are caught in the crossfire, the X-Men must make a decision...take down Hatchi or save their teammate Karma! Collecting: Astonishing X-Men 52-56, Annual

30 review for Astonishing X-Men, Volume 11: Weaponized

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selkie ✦ Queen

    One last volume to go after this. I badly need a change of X-Men series to read and talk about in reviews because this one just doesn't do it for me anymore. It has gotten so inexcusably mediocre and stale that it's taking everything from me not to just drop this and call it a day. I'll persevere though because I did vow to complete every title imposed on my reading list. That's all there is to it now, really; I'm compelled by a sense of obligation that is surprisingly stronger than my steadily One last volume to go after this. I badly need a change of X-Men series to read and talk about in reviews because this one just doesn't do it for me anymore. It has gotten so inexcusably mediocre and stale that it's taking everything from me not to just drop this and call it a day. I'll persevere though because I did vow to complete every title imposed on my reading list. That's all there is to it now, really; I'm compelled by a sense of obligation that is surprisingly stronger than my steadily growing dislike towards this title. Marjorie Liu's sophomore contribution to the dwindling series of The Astonishing X-Men was somewhat better than her debut, but only slightly more so. With the exception of last arc's wedding issue concerning Northstar and his civilian boyfriend Kyle, it was a rather shitty story about the Marauders and an X-Man I Barely Know named Karma (real name Shan). Afterwards, we were offered an expansion to the mystery as to why Karma started acting murderous in the first place here in this collected eleventh volume entitled Weaponized composed of issues #52-56. After yet another guest writer (Greg Pak's ninth volume installment which was yet another trite of a story) has failed to deliver a satisfying albeit short-lived run, The Astonishing X-Men tried to rekindle something fresh and exciting again by employing the writings of a female comic book writer this time, accompanied by a brand new cast of X-Men. For this roster, we have Wolverine as the constant, and the rest are Gambit, Iceman, Cecilia, Warbird and Karma. I am not at all familiar with the last three X-Men though I must say Warbird (as conservative and against gay coupling as she revealed to be in the last arc) has grown on me only because she's an alien warrior who interacts with humans in a humorous titled way I have not encountered since angel Castiel from the CW's decade-long ongoing show Supernatural. Seriously, Warbird is ADORBS! And I don't even know how she got here but I hope she stays. That being said, Weaponized will never be a strong contender, but it was thankfully not the worst from the entire TAXM roster either. Marjorie Liu as a writer has been competent enough because there are scenes in her two stories so far that do resonate for me every now and then but I always get the sense that her narrative could have been polished better. I feel as if she can do better than what she produced here and I might just read more of her stuff from other titles. This storyline was particularly terrible; it was just so cliché and uninteresting altogether. I do think that it was a great thing to use a character as focal point for the story's conflict. In this case, it's Karma whose issues about her family tragedy had caught up to her via the appearance of her long-lost half-sister Susan Hatchi. Said woman served as the villain of the entire plot and her motivations and methods of tormenting Karma as well as her friends were just too generic. A victimize child who managed to work her way to the top and gather enough money and resources to get her hands on a technologically advanced biological weaponry (nano-worms) which she proceeded to infect the X-Men with so they will do whatever she tasked them to do, lest they face a gruesome death. It wasn't anything original. The predictability played out in the next five issues, whilst I was trying yet failing to convince myself that perhaps the ending would be a complete surprise. Well, it wasn't. Sure, I was slightly sad that Susan died right at the point where Shan (Karma) was ready to forgive her and they can start anew. But I was distracted by the generic way she was disposed of that easily; murdered by their asshole father via gunshot. It was so disappointing. Susan Hatchi could have been more fleshed out next time around, as well as her relationship with her X-Man sister Shan but nah, Liu just killed her off right after giving us her supposedly intriguing backstory, because hey, she's a bad guy, and no one cares anyway in the long run, right? WELL, MAKE ME CARE! That's the point of reading a story. I'm supposed to like these characters and root for them, and be moved by their sorrow and suffering and rejoice their triumphs and I simply don't! Where the fuck are Scott and Emma? And Kitty and Colossus? I've grown attached to these people because I've known them longer and Whedon made me give a squiggly fuck about their circumstances but so far Liu hasn't done me the same courtesy...YET. I'm still hoping her last volume and arc will do that. I have no idea why Gambit or this Cecilia character have to be there. Bobby Drake isn't even funny in this. Northstar and Kyle continue to be a couple but their conversations don't really reveal anything new about their usual shit, and Warbird I feel could be very captivating if she gets more scenes and lines. I'm fine with Karma but I'd like to get to know her less for now because Weaponized was so annoyingly bland that she could just shut up the entire way in the next volume after this and I won't even notice or complain. Unless Liu plans to do more for her characterization, though I'm not holding my breath. But I don't want to just bitch and whine in this review so I will end it in a hopeful note. This collection also included the forty-five paged annual which had three stories in it; two of them were quirky ones about the present concerning Kyle and Northstar's relationship (or more like their first weeks of marriage) alongside the X-Men who always have to take Northstar away for some dangerous mission, and the Alpha Flight issue where Northstar "proclaimed homosexuality" in public (I will never ever stop finding this phrase amusing). It was a nice issue that made me feel better enough to give this volume at least a solid 7. Good effort, Liu, but do better next time. RECOMMENDED: 7/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I'm impressed. In a male-dominated genre, Liu delivers what the two previous writers couldn't: good character development, a nice plot, sufficiently evil and developed villain, and a twist or two. And they don't just shuffle the gay characters off the center stage after they got married. Nope, their relationship is still in focus (Christos Gage has a one-shot featuring the both of them with Wolverine once again doling out relationship advice). The X-Men aren't really good unless fueled by some s I'm impressed. In a male-dominated genre, Liu delivers what the two previous writers couldn't: good character development, a nice plot, sufficiently evil and developed villain, and a twist or two. And they don't just shuffle the gay characters off the center stage after they got married. Nope, their relationship is still in focus (Christos Gage has a one-shot featuring the both of them with Wolverine once again doling out relationship advice). The X-Men aren't really good unless fueled by some sense of alienation and oppression and I just got the feeling that this was written by someone who understands that on a personal level. Also, the events of the previous volume are tied into the ones in this one.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I just wrote a badass review for this and Goodreads fucked me over. So now I'm doing bullet points and not wasting my time trying to remember all of my awesome quips. -Susan Hatchi was an awesome villain with real life issues. I appreciated her revenge plans. -Gambit and Iceman were the best. The end. -I have a lady crush on Warbird. -Mischief and trickery all around. As for the annual: FUCK NO. If I want a soap opera drama fest I'll find something where they at least get to fuck. I am not on board w I just wrote a badass review for this and Goodreads fucked me over. So now I'm doing bullet points and not wasting my time trying to remember all of my awesome quips. -Susan Hatchi was an awesome villain with real life issues. I appreciated her revenge plans. -Gambit and Iceman were the best. The end. -I have a lady crush on Warbird. -Mischief and trickery all around. As for the annual: FUCK NO. If I want a soap opera drama fest I'll find something where they at least get to fuck. I am not on board with couples whining about each other for twenty pages. Kyle is a whiny little bitch and Northstar is still a major dick. I want to be all for the gay couple. But this time I cannot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    Damn it... more drama, this time from Karma's past. Warbird is a douche. The artwork is too sketchy. Tyger Tiger is just as ridiculous a name as it ever was. Drama, drama and more drama. This book should have 'romance' or 'soap' somewhere in the name. Susan Hatchi infected Karma with nanotech that allows control of the host, so the X-Men go after her. They get infected too (amateurs) and Hatchi threatens to kill them and destroy another NYC with her nanotech if they don't take over Madripoor, a c Damn it... more drama, this time from Karma's past. Warbird is a douche. The artwork is too sketchy. Tyger Tiger is just as ridiculous a name as it ever was. Drama, drama and more drama. This book should have 'romance' or 'soap' somewhere in the name. Susan Hatchi infected Karma with nanotech that allows control of the host, so the X-Men go after her. They get infected too (amateurs) and Hatchi threatens to kill them and destroy another NYC with her nanotech if they don't take over Madripoor, a country governed by Tyger Tiger. Gambit: 'We're here to take over your city.' Tyger Tiger (what a name...): 'What?' Solid writing right there. Better yet, there is dissent between the ranks. Northstar and Iceman disagree as to how to proceed, so they start a fight like schoolchildren. Iceman ends up in a conveniently placed vat of... something hot which melts him - cause he's ice-man. Get it? It's a scene very much like the ending of T2 or the one with Batman's Joker, so it's really original. He doesn't get to say 'I'll be back.' Secretly, I wish he won't be back. It's the least dramatic scene I've seen in a while. I wished they had both jumped. The X-Men fight some guys dressed as X-Men, but their purpose doesn't make much sense. Of course the latter have their asses handed to them. Then Tyger arrests the X-Men. Then Hatchi, apparently Karma's half-sister, launches a rocket intended to kill Karma and her father who was thought dead. It's wall to wall action in this place. I can barely take it. I may just have to drop this comic. Certainly not for its sucky writing, no, but for all these 'spectacular' events that will likely put the X-Men universe on its head. The rocket destroys the building, but strangely leaves Karma and her very sick and weakened father almost completely unscathed. They don't make ordinance like in the good ol' days. And boom! Mexican standoff time! It all turns out ok in the end, but I don't care at this point. I'm a completionist, but I'm going to read only the synopsis for the rest of the run. I doubt it has much to offer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I found this book to be lacking. Astonishing X-Men is suppose to be the best x-men by the best writers and artist. I like Marjorie Liu. She has written some good comics, this fell flat for me. I don't care about Northstar. I'm fine with him getting married to a man. I felt like this volume and the previous volume where just missing what made this comic great when it came out. I feel like this book should have been in the regular x-men title. Where you can use non-superstars. So let's recap who w I found this book to be lacking. Astonishing X-Men is suppose to be the best x-men by the best writers and artist. I like Marjorie Liu. She has written some good comics, this fell flat for me. I don't care about Northstar. I'm fine with him getting married to a man. I felt like this volume and the previous volume where just missing what made this comic great when it came out. I feel like this book should have been in the regular x-men title. Where you can use non-superstars. So let's recap who was in the book - Northstar, Iceman, Warbird, Gambit, Cecilia Reyes, Karma, Wolverine, and a very small part for beast. This is not an A team rosters. Cecilia Reyes is a d-list x-men. Karma is at best a c-list x-men. Warbird is very new to the x-men universe and I loved her in Wolverine and the X-Men. She has more depth there and a little bit of a different personality. Northstar is a b-list x-man at best. Wolverine was really not a major character in the book. That leaves you with Iceman and Gambit. Both fun characters. Plus the story revolved around Karma's family who I don't know because she's a New Mutant and not an X-Man. I fell like the story was okay. The art was decent. One problem, if you're a book that suppose to be drawn and written by superstars and star the best x-men, this book falls flat. This would have been a great Uncanny X-Men or regular X-Man story. I still wouldn't have thought it was awesome, but I wouldn't have been excepting something on the level of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Yes, that is where the bar is set for this comic and past volumes have not delivered. This comic was not astonishing. It was just regular x-men.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    UGH BEST. I know the "X-Men pretending to bicker and fall apart while secretly having a plan" thing happens like, a lot? But I love it every time. Especially when Gambit and Wolverine get to bicker. I don't really know much about Karma as a character but her whole plot line was interesting even for a newcomer. (And sad. Aww.) And I like that Jean-Paul & Kyle are having a cool grownup marriage but with superpowers. YEAH!! UGH BEST. I know the "X-Men pretending to bicker and fall apart while secretly having a plan" thing happens like, a lot? But I love it every time. Especially when Gambit and Wolverine get to bicker. I don't really know much about Karma as a character but her whole plot line was interesting even for a newcomer. (And sad. Aww.) And I like that Jean-Paul & Kyle are having a cool grownup marriage but with superpowers. YEAH!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I didn't really enjoy this collection either. Leaving off from the last volume, the X-Men go off to find their missing teammate Karma, with shocking revelations. The story is disjointed, and the flashbacks that explain everything are near the end of the book. The villain is so over the top and evil that it didn't work for me, and by the book's end I didn't care about anyone. I didn't even recognize half the characters. (ps.)The healer characters Cece was pretty cool

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. For what it's worth, I maintain the writer's best work I've come across was her Black Widow series. I thought the pairing with Mike Carey really good, but unfortunately I don't think they ever achieved 6 issues in a row without a fill in artist and I think the result suffered because it kept taking me out of the story. Plus there's a character that looks like a pseudo Image comics' Glory wannabe.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    I read both volumes 10 and 11 on the same day, but I very much prefered this one, which concludes the Susan Hatchi story which began in the previous volume. This continues to be an intensely personal book, whilst maintaining the usual X-Men adventure and action that you come to expect. The inclusion of Christos Gage's annual is welcome, which is a nice coda to the volume overall.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phil Fillinger

    Picked this book up several years back in a bargain bin for next to nothing. The outside binding was a bit twisted so it looked like I grabbed Volume 1, when I got home I realized it was Volume 11. But hey for five bucks how bad could my favorite team be right? I’ll sum this collection up real easily: daddy issues, nano-machines, and the aftermath of the infamous gay X-Men marriage. Basically flat uninspired baddy is upset that daddy left her so she infects an odd group of X-Men with nano-machines Picked this book up several years back in a bargain bin for next to nothing. The outside binding was a bit twisted so it looked like I grabbed Volume 1, when I got home I realized it was Volume 11. But hey for five bucks how bad could my favorite team be right? I’ll sum this collection up real easily: daddy issues, nano-machines, and the aftermath of the infamous gay X-Men marriage. Basically flat uninspired baddy is upset that daddy left her so she infects an odd group of X-Men with nano-machines and tells them to go kill people. Yawnsauce. This also takes place right after Northstar and Kyle got married so there’s much discussion about that. For the the record I’m not putting down the homosexuality of it, if anything that’s more interesting that the actual plot. It’s just big enough in this collection that it’s worth mentioning. This was really tough to get through. It just felt like very lazy writing. Liu doesn’t stand out to me as a name I’m instantly familiar with either, so maybe it’s her, or maybe it’s me. Hah. Some decent artwork, especially for Iceman’s varied mutations keeps this at a 2 rating, but under no circumstance would I recommend this. If you want to read it that bad... you can have my copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I am sorry I’m coming to this late. I really like the character work Liu is doing here. She’s diving deep into favorites like Northstar and Karma, and bringing Cecilia Reyes back. I’m taking off 1.5 stars for the art (with the exception of the Walta pages which I loved). It was a little too busy for my liking, and often slipped into the Greg Land tracing zone. Marvel is still missing those kismet partnerships like Claremont et al, or Ann Nocenti & JR JR on Daredevil...matching those art teams is I am sorry I’m coming to this late. I really like the character work Liu is doing here. She’s diving deep into favorites like Northstar and Karma, and bringing Cecilia Reyes back. I’m taking off 1.5 stars for the art (with the exception of the Walta pages which I loved). It was a little too busy for my liking, and often slipped into the Greg Land tracing zone. Marvel is still missing those kismet partnerships like Claremont et al, or Ann Nocenti & JR JR on Daredevil...matching those art teams is a skill, and it is apparently lost. I think that marginally hurts this book, but Noto on covers was a phenomenal choice.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Definitely the best Astonishing collection since Whedon’s run. The main arc, by the awesome Marjorie Liu (who I met) is really cool. We dig deep into Karma’s background and learn more about what makes her tick. It’s cool. It’s also fun to see the mutants work as a team to outwit a very formidable villain. The Annual at the end was really good too. It focuses on Kyle and has a really really badass moment where Northstar plucks a bullet out of the air. Is he faster than Quicksilver? Anyway, this was Definitely the best Astonishing collection since Whedon’s run. The main arc, by the awesome Marjorie Liu (who I met) is really cool. We dig deep into Karma’s background and learn more about what makes her tick. It’s cool. It’s also fun to see the mutants work as a team to outwit a very formidable villain. The Annual at the end was really good too. It focuses on Kyle and has a really really badass moment where Northstar plucks a bullet out of the air. Is he faster than Quicksilver? Anyway, this was good. And, a bit of a relief. This title has sucked for years. It’s nice to actually enjoy it again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... I didn't exactly love the set-up for this Karma storyline last volume, but Liu really brought it together and made it into something far better than I expected. It was exciting and personal - just a good story. The annual to cap off the volume was ok, nothing to write home about.

  14. 4 out of 5

    B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Interesting mood. This could almost be a bestselling thriller (without some of the superpowers). I think the reasons why it wasn't great are because (1) I am just not that invested in Karma as a character (or, really, any of the New Mutants); (2) the villain seemed to have reached a point where she was unstoppable; (3) the happy ending felt a little forced because of (2).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    The beauty of the 'gay wedding' story is the main character that these two arcs focus on is lesbian Xi'an Coy Manh, and her sexuality is not mentioned once... now that's cool, a non-binary character's sexuality not being used as a plot device! . The protagonist in this volume is kick-ass deadly and leaves carnage everywhere she treads! The art is a bit meh though. A strong 7 out of 12.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    Both Liu and Gage have put too much melodrama in this volume. It's tough to make a back-from-the-dead-family storyline or a we-just-got-married-and-we're-mutants storyline in the 21st century, as they've been done to death. You've got to have a deft hand, and really tight dialogue, and neither Liu nor Gage are giften in those departments. The art style, while not at all what one expects from superhero books, is a good match for the type of stories that Liu and Gage each tell. But it wasn't enough Both Liu and Gage have put too much melodrama in this volume. It's tough to make a back-from-the-dead-family storyline or a we-just-got-married-and-we're-mutants storyline in the 21st century, as they've been done to death. You've got to have a deft hand, and really tight dialogue, and neither Liu nor Gage are giften in those departments. The art style, while not at all what one expects from superhero books, is a good match for the type of stories that Liu and Gage each tell. But it wasn't enough to make me enjoy this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    This clears up the questions from the last trade, but the story is still nothing spectacular. Not bad, but pretty typical superheroing.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

    Reading a series out of order doesn't usually give the best view into a book. But it does indicate whether the story works on its own. And this one kind of does. We get to see who the characters are as people as well as backstories. Kitty even gets to be herself if only for a few short pages. Mostly this is about Karma and Northstar, neither which are characters I care all that much about. But after reading this, I care about them a bit more. So not fantastic, but pretty good. 3.5 of 5.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    X-Men comics are never *really* about mutants saving the world from destruction. This one is no different.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tarique Ejaz

    This is one of those X-Men stories where you feel like coming out and strangling the supposed antagonist with no shred of mercy exhibited from your side. You can somewhat sympathize with what the person feels and comply to some extent with the agenda that she decides to follow in order to correct the wrong she believes to have been inflicted. Even then you wish for the heroes to come out on top. This is one of those stories as well where you see less of Wolverine throughout. The arc mainly revolv This is one of those X-Men stories where you feel like coming out and strangling the supposed antagonist with no shred of mercy exhibited from your side. You can somewhat sympathize with what the person feels and comply to some extent with the agenda that she decides to follow in order to correct the wrong she believes to have been inflicted. Even then you wish for the heroes to come out on top. This is one of those stories as well where you see less of Wolverine throughout. The arc mainly revolves around the psychic power bearing Karma and the untold story of a sibling rivalry that had its roots right at the time they were small kids. The rivalry festers like an untended to fetid which only goes ahead to stink up each and everyone that comes close to the people affected. The weaponization of the X-Men to take down Madripoor as a form of bidding done by the shrewd Mastermind who has violated the sanctity of their bodies and willpower with explosive nanobots forms the core portion of the arc, only for it to reveal a deep lying motive. It was an honest attempt at getting a story that is strong and emotional out to the world. For after all complexities are not limited to the normal humans alone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    melhara

    ---------------------------------------------- Average rating for the entire series (minus Volume 12): 3.1/5 Check out my reviews for the rest of the series: Volume 1: Gifted | Volume 2: Dangerous | Volume 3: Torn (no review) | Volume 4: Unstoppable (no review) | Volume 5: Ghost Box (no review) | Volume 6: Exogenic (no review) | Volume 7: Monstrous (no review) | Volume 8: Children of the Brood (no review) | Volume 9: Exalted (no review) | Volume 10: Northstar | Volume 11: Weaponized (n ---------------------------------------------- Average rating for the entire series (minus Volume 12): 3.1/5 Check out my reviews for the rest of the series: Volume 1: Gifted | Volume 2: Dangerous | Volume 3: Torn (no review) | Volume 4: Unstoppable (no review) | Volume 5: Ghost Box (no review) | Volume 6: Exogenic (no review) | Volume 7: Monstrous (no review) | Volume 8: Children of the Brood (no review) | Volume 9: Exalted (no review) | Volume 10: Northstar | Volume 11: Weaponized (no review) | Volume 12: Unmasked (TBR)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This was much better than its immediate predecessor, _Northstar_, mainly because it chooses a plot and keeps to it. (In fact, this is the rest of the plot that was abandoned in _Northstar_.) It also (again) dives deeply into interesting continuity: here Karma's past and the island of Madripoor. Heck, we even get to see (and mock!) Patch. Despite that all, there are structural flaws in Liu's writing which keep it from excelling. There's too much melodrama and too many fake-outs (whether they be de This was much better than its immediate predecessor, _Northstar_, mainly because it chooses a plot and keeps to it. (In fact, this is the rest of the plot that was abandoned in _Northstar_.) It also (again) dives deeply into interesting continuity: here Karma's past and the island of Madripoor. Heck, we even get to see (and mock!) Patch. Despite that all, there are structural flaws in Liu's writing which keep it from excelling. There's too much melodrama and too many fake-outs (whether they be death or mass destruction). A deus ex machina ending doesn't really help, nor does an Annual that's artlessly arranged to ensure that Kyle ends up in danger (and unfortunately the Northstar and Kyle relationship still seems like a distraction from the plots). So, meh.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ernest

    The story was fine and I have no complaints about the art, but for me this volume’s great weakness is that I simply do not find the story memorable. Looking at the cover again after reading it a few days ago and flicking through the pages, I could not really remember what had happened – who the villain was, how the heroes escaped/defeated him or her etc. I do not expect myself to remember the details of every book I have read, nor every plot point, but it was as if I had not read the volume befo The story was fine and I have no complaints about the art, but for me this volume’s great weakness is that I simply do not find the story memorable. Looking at the cover again after reading it a few days ago and flicking through the pages, I could not really remember what had happened – who the villain was, how the heroes escaped/defeated him or her etc. I do not expect myself to remember the details of every book I have read, nor every plot point, but it was as if I had not read the volume before. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the volume, but I found it quite unmemorable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sassy

    I'm really tired of Northstar and his husband dominating/driving the storyline. We get it; they're married, Kyle is important to him. This particular adventure was more about karma and it was good when the last 3 issues or so shifted to focus on her and that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nazary

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't think anything actually happened in this story line. Northstar got some (a lot) of marriage advice and there's a predictable deus ex machina (Iceman can now control himself in vapor form?). Overall the story doesn't seem to have any traction or add anything to the universe

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sonic

    Perkins continues to deliver excellent artwork, and writer Liu continues to deliver at times exciting and at other times plodding writing with an excessive emphasis on Northstar and his husband. This ends with an Annual with some appalling "artwork."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Domenico De martino

    Good cast, good art, good storytelling!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jase

    The story was ok and I only read it because Northstar's in it. The annual was dumb. Overall, the art was horrible but I like reading JPB and his new husband, Kyle.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Individual issues on marvel unlimited

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

    better, but still middling. Lots and lots of talk, mostly about love and living a normal life. the central conceit about the nanoworms is more annoying than compelling, but the art is lovely.

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