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Bailey Hoskins has just discovered that he's a mutant. For someone who's never been special, never stood out, this could be his big moment. But as he gains entry into the halls of Xavier's School for Gifted Children, what exactly is his gift? He's used to being hated, but is he anything to be feared? Bailey struggles to find a place alongside his fellow students, but the X Bailey Hoskins has just discovered that he's a mutant. For someone who's never been special, never stood out, this could be his big moment. But as he gains entry into the halls of Xavier's School for Gifted Children, what exactly is his gift? He's used to being hated, but is he anything to be feared? Bailey struggles to find a place alongside his fellow students, but the X-Universe is a big one - perhaps Mystique will see his potential. Or could Magneto have just the mission for him? Max Bemis, front man of the band Say Anything, makes his Marvel debut with the story of a misfit among misfits, just trying to fit in. Bailey Hoskins? Worst. X-Man. Ever. COLLECTING: X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER 1-5


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Bailey Hoskins has just discovered that he's a mutant. For someone who's never been special, never stood out, this could be his big moment. But as he gains entry into the halls of Xavier's School for Gifted Children, what exactly is his gift? He's used to being hated, but is he anything to be feared? Bailey struggles to find a place alongside his fellow students, but the X Bailey Hoskins has just discovered that he's a mutant. For someone who's never been special, never stood out, this could be his big moment. But as he gains entry into the halls of Xavier's School for Gifted Children, what exactly is his gift? He's used to being hated, but is he anything to be feared? Bailey struggles to find a place alongside his fellow students, but the X-Universe is a big one - perhaps Mystique will see his potential. Or could Magneto have just the mission for him? Max Bemis, front man of the band Say Anything, makes his Marvel debut with the story of a misfit among misfits, just trying to fit in. Bailey Hoskins? Worst. X-Man. Ever. COLLECTING: X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER 1-5

30 review for X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Bailey is an ordinary high school kid who doesn’t fit in anywhere - until he discovers he’s really a mutant and belongs in the X-Men! Except his power is to explode. Once. And he can’t re-form, he just dies. He’s basically a suicide bomber who doesn’t need to strap on any explosives. So.... pretty much a worthless mutant power. Worst X-Man Ever! Max Bemis and Michael Walsh’s book isn’t bad but it’s also nothing special. It’s accessible to new readers as it exists outside of continuity as a stand Bailey is an ordinary high school kid who doesn’t fit in anywhere - until he discovers he’s really a mutant and belongs in the X-Men! Except his power is to explode. Once. And he can’t re-form, he just dies. He’s basically a suicide bomber who doesn’t need to strap on any explosives. So.... pretty much a worthless mutant power. Worst X-Man Ever! Max Bemis and Michael Walsh’s book isn’t bad but it’s also nothing special. It’s accessible to new readers as it exists outside of continuity as a standalone book with the classic setup: Xavier, Cyclops and Wolverine are all alive and the school’s still going, Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are the baddies, etc. The book is essentially highlighting the weird world of the X-Men to readers new and old through the eyes of someone experiencing it first-hand, Bailey. It has this subversive tone to it that’s amusing and makes it stand out. Bailey is a Marvel fanboy who gets screwed over again and again by the things he thought he loved: his parents are stomped by a Sentinel, the first supervillain lackey he tries to fight ends up suing him for abuse, and his superhero name, X-Ceptional, is embarrassingly ironic and mock-able. It doesn’t have much of a story though. Bailey goes through Xavier’s school meeting familiar characters, then he meets Magneto, then we’re into that X-Men staple: the dystopian future. Being generic doesn’t make for a gripping read in the least and it’s very easy to put down. The two new mutant characters, Rags and Riches, are also really lame. There is a new character that’s interesting though who’s basically the embodiment of Marvel Editorial, taking the book’s waggishness further by unexpectedly shattering the fourth wall in the finale. And Michael Walsh’s art was pretty good throughout but nothing amazing. Worst X-Man Ever is far from being the worst X-Men book ever. It’s a decent comic but it’s also quite forgettable and not terribly engaging. Still, I’d rec this one over the current range of appalling X-titles easily!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Writer Max Bemis uses this book to make a few comments about the world of the X-Men (and occasionally the larger Marvel universe and the superhero genre in general), not by having his characters break the fourth wall but by having the events of the story itself do it instead. The result is one of the most 'meta' comicbooks I've ever read... and it's a damned funny one too. If you've been reading superhero comics for a while (or, as in my case, what seems like forever) you can't help but be a litt Writer Max Bemis uses this book to make a few comments about the world of the X-Men (and occasionally the larger Marvel universe and the superhero genre in general), not by having his characters break the fourth wall but by having the events of the story itself do it instead. The result is one of the most 'meta' comicbooks I've ever read... and it's a damned funny one too. If you've been reading superhero comics for a while (or, as in my case, what seems like forever) you can't help but be a little jaded by some of the tropes and perpetual 'all-new all-different' relaunches which inevitably relapse back to the status quo the second sales start to dip. Folks, this book is for you. You really can't help but feel for Bailey, the titular 'worst X-Man ever', whose mutant power is to explode... just the once... fatally. Being a mutant who daren't ever use his power, he becomes an outcast amongst outcasts at the Xavier School. That doesn't mean he's not going to see any action, of course... Especially when the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants come knocking... I loved most of this book but have only given it four stars because it dips a little in issue four. I think the editor could have had a firmer hand and whittled this down to four issues instead of five. This would have made for a leaner and more consistently funny book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    This was quite entertaining for what it was: a satirical take on comics - more specifically on X-comics. Bemis introduces Bailey, a new character, who discovers that he is a mutant, like he always wanted! Unfortunately the power he has isn't quite what he dreamed of. I liked this because it was different in an entertaining way. It's not a comic I will buy, but I'm glad I read it. This was quite entertaining for what it was: a satirical take on comics - more specifically on X-comics. Bemis introduces Bailey, a new character, who discovers that he is a mutant, like he always wanted! Unfortunately the power he has isn't quite what he dreamed of. I liked this because it was different in an entertaining way. It's not a comic I will buy, but I'm glad I read it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    After LOVING Max's take on Foolkiller I decided to try Max's other Marvel work. Worst X-Man Ever is a spin-off, or elseworld, where a boy finds out what his mutant power is. After having nothing special about him he's ready to explode into the world of the X-men! Except his power is exploding...as in BOOM but then he dies...like that's it. So he works with the X-Men, mostly the new kids, trying to help even though his power has nothing to do with it. Good: I really enjoyed the start and thought After LOVING Max's take on Foolkiller I decided to try Max's other Marvel work. Worst X-Man Ever is a spin-off, or elseworld, where a boy finds out what his mutant power is. After having nothing special about him he's ready to explode into the world of the X-men! Except his power is exploding...as in BOOM but then he dies...like that's it. So he works with the X-Men, mostly the new kids, trying to help even though his power has nothing to do with it. Good: I really enjoyed the start and thought the idea was fun and smart. The ending is also downright fucked up and gotta give em guts for atleast trying to go with that. Bad: Didn't like the way most of the side characters acted, everyone acted out of character. I also thought the fights were uneventful, the art in general kind of boring, and the pacing sure did have huge issues. Especially on issue 3-4. Overall it was a okayish story. Not bad but I won't remember it. Either way I hope Max's run of Moonknight is more like Foolkiller and less like Worst X-Man Ever.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Bailey is an ordinary teenager who wishes to be something more, to stand out in some way. He's ecstatic to find out he might be a mutant until he discovers his powers. He can make himself blow up...once. He's basically a suicide bomber. So he tags along as an intern for the gazillion X-Men teams. Then he meets a fellow mutant who make people forget things and that's where things start to get meta. She's basically Marvel's editorial department imagined as a mutant. The Good: The series is interest Bailey is an ordinary teenager who wishes to be something more, to stand out in some way. He's ecstatic to find out he might be a mutant until he discovers his powers. He can make himself blow up...once. He's basically a suicide bomber. So he tags along as an intern for the gazillion X-Men teams. Then he meets a fellow mutant who make people forget things and that's where things start to get meta. She's basically Marvel's editorial department imagined as a mutant. The Good: The series is interesting and worth a read. The Bad: The jokes mostly fell flat for me. The Ugly: The series had a lot of unfulfilled potential and missed its mark.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Better than I'd thought it would be. It's very silly, and the joke was getting too long towards the end, but it is a pretty good joke. And there are some great scenes that aren't even trying to be funny, and those make the book. Better than I'd thought it would be. It's very silly, and the joke was getting too long towards the end, but it is a pretty good joke. And there are some great scenes that aren't even trying to be funny, and those make the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    A surprisingly clever little limited series! A young mutant with the worse power ever (he can only use it once, and if he does he dies). The story plays around the idea of how his power makes him an outsider among the outsiders. Nice concept, some great comedic moments and good art 7 out of 12.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucille

    Well, this whole thing was a weird idea, a cool idea also. 2,5/5. It could have been really good but it wasn't really, it wasn't horrible or baaaad but it wasn't good. I just liked the end but I'm still not sure what to think about it. Also please stop introducing characters that are kinda fat by showing them eating biscuits, that's really disrespectful. Well, this whole thing was a weird idea, a cool idea also. 2,5/5. It could have been really good but it wasn't really, it wasn't horrible or baaaad but it wasn't good. I just liked the end but I'm still not sure what to think about it. Also please stop introducing characters that are kinda fat by showing them eating biscuits, that's really disrespectful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I liked the premise of this story: a kid with a one-time only terrible power feels just as useless as an X-Man as he did an average teenager, the story just didn't go anywhere. It neither created a really cool elseworld environment, nor exposed any tropes with satire, nor was funny. An Alanis Morisette Ironic joke? In 2016? None of the characters, except possibly Beast behaved like they would in any other book. Not a single person used their power intelligently. It was a five issue miniseries wi I liked the premise of this story: a kid with a one-time only terrible power feels just as useless as an X-Man as he did an average teenager, the story just didn't go anywhere. It neither created a really cool elseworld environment, nor exposed any tropes with satire, nor was funny. An Alanis Morisette Ironic joke? In 2016? None of the characters, except possibly Beast behaved like they would in any other book. Not a single person used their power intelligently. It was a five issue miniseries with one issues worth of ideas. I don't recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I really want a X-Men comic with Miranda as the main protag! I want it! But anyways, I really did enjoy this little jaunt though the X-Men universe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    "...There's not really a point to any of it Bailey. Just to do a bit of good while we can." Surprisingly, kinda liked this a lot. Maybe a 3.5? I liked the *wink wink nudge nudge* jokes at the X-Men's expense. I like the fact that our protagonist is a bit of fanboy, that he yearns to be a mutant, to be special and different (is he really just us, the readers?), but discovers he has the worst powers ever. He becomes a non-combatant X-Men, and is completely useless, and hated, and gets sued. It's an "...There's not really a point to any of it Bailey. Just to do a bit of good while we can." Surprisingly, kinda liked this a lot. Maybe a 3.5? I liked the *wink wink nudge nudge* jokes at the X-Men's expense. I like the fact that our protagonist is a bit of fanboy, that he yearns to be a mutant, to be special and different (is he really just us, the readers?), but discovers he has the worst powers ever. He becomes a non-combatant X-Men, and is completely useless, and hated, and gets sued. It's an amazing X-Men story, really. Both on the nose in your face, and somehow nuanced and subtle. I especially loved it when Bailey tried to find a place in almost every offshoot X-Men team. It was hilarious! Also, everyone was so kind to the kid. He essentially has no working powers, but they were trying to be over-inclusive anyway! The only reason I didn't love this all the way was the ending. Not because it ended with a KABOOM (obviously). I didn't think the ending was sad, which I was honestly nervous about going in. The KABOOM was empowering. It's just the why (re: Riches and Miranda) of it was a little murky. (view spoiler)[ Riches double-crossing both Magneto and Professor X to rule the world was lame. If he had sided with Magneto and Mutants subjugated humans and everything was a dystopian mess, the ending might have felt more powerful, instead of it being a dystopian mess because Riches wanted to rule as King of everything. I also totally don't get the all-powerful/God-like/Marvel Editor that is Miranda. Sure, it played into the whole *wink wink nudge nudge* Marvel jokes in the volume, but it felt so lame when she was just like "I can't save this world, though I've done it bajillion times before. Sorry!" And then she does... Because Bailey acts first? I don't get that plot point. (hide spoiler)] I went back and forth on the art, but in the end like it a lot for this story. + the colors were great.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    This book asks a question that I frequently asked myself when I was younger. If there is a world where there are mutants and all kinds of variations of powers, there must be some people that get stuck with weird and/or useless powers right? Things like, the ability to grow your hair quickly! The ability to change color, but only in the dark! The ability to create massive amounts of mucous! You know stuff like that. And this book totally runs with that idea with characters that has the ability to This book asks a question that I frequently asked myself when I was younger. If there is a world where there are mutants and all kinds of variations of powers, there must be some people that get stuck with weird and/or useless powers right? Things like, the ability to grow your hair quickly! The ability to change color, but only in the dark! The ability to create massive amounts of mucous! You know stuff like that. And this book totally runs with that idea with characters that has the ability to blow himself up....once. He is a character that very much is a background character in life, and he knows it. He so wants some kind of identity or distinguishing factor that when he is told he is a mutant, he actually celebrates! His enthusiasm is quickly evaporated not only by being told about his useless mutant power, but also disillusioned by the fact that whether its life, the X Mansion, or with the Brotherhood of Evil mutants, he is always the underdog. Always in the background. The book gets a little meta at the end, but overall, this was a quirky fun story without much depth or consequence.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    I mostly liked this - there's some clever metacommentary on superheroes in general and the various X-Men teams in particular, and some genuine laugh-out-loud moments (like when the main character Bailey interns with X-Force), but it trails off a bit in the 4th and 5th issues. Maybe could have / should have been a tighter 4 issue series than a padded 5, but whatever, it was still pretty fun. I mostly liked this - there's some clever metacommentary on superheroes in general and the various X-Men teams in particular, and some genuine laugh-out-loud moments (like when the main character Bailey interns with X-Force), but it trails off a bit in the 4th and 5th issues. Maybe could have / should have been a tighter 4 issue series than a padded 5, but whatever, it was still pretty fun.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Budd

    This really picks up on all the x-men tropes and pokes fun of them.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy

    This book had a lot of twist and turns!!! Very good read about wanting to be more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Fans of the X-Men will enjoy this comic dig at the ridiculous powers some heroes have had throughout the history of Marvel comics.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    A young man wants to be different, and he gets his wish--he's a mutant! But his mutant power is one use only, ala the Daffy Duck gig with the gunpowder and the dynamite. He's the worst X-Man ever in this mini-series that isn't actually a story--it's a collection of inside, snarky jokes about the X-Men. The story is that Bailey desperately wants to be special, and his attempts keep failing until he musters the confidence to lose himself. If it weren't buried in gags like Wolverine having "Slim not A young man wants to be different, and he gets his wish--he's a mutant! But his mutant power is one use only, ala the Daffy Duck gig with the gunpowder and the dynamite. He's the worst X-Man ever in this mini-series that isn't actually a story--it's a collection of inside, snarky jokes about the X-Men. The story is that Bailey desperately wants to be special, and his attempts keep failing until he musters the confidence to lose himself. If it weren't buried in gags like Wolverine having "Slim not always right" on his blackboard, a reference to Joseph at the "hated mutants" table, and Mystique being absolutely crass about her powers, it might work. But when you also throw in pot shots at the different X-teams, try to explain why Iron Man is still in his 30s, and reference how awful Gambit it (okay, maybe that's fine!), you lose the ability to tell your affirming story. It just becomes a jumbled mess of story one one page, gag on the next, rinse and repeat through five issues. Michael Walsh does his best to make the gags work, and his visuals are pretty good at showing humor. But they're also a bit fuzzy and blurred, which works when he's in dark colors. But when we get the X-Men in all their bright glory, the linework can't seem to handle it, and looks like a step was missed. Overall, a comic where the characters literally talk about how they can't die, so they get to play baseball with each other needs to keep its claws out, not try to be an actual plot. This attempt to blend Mark Evanier-style Not Brand Ech with a heartwarming tale isn't the worst X-Men story every, but it's not very good, either.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    "I don't know how we even get away with calling this a school! It's more like a Hogwarts for future dead people". A sly, but I think still loving, piss-take of the ridiculousness of superhero comics in general and the X-Men in particular, all told through the lens of one poor kid with the worst mutant power ever (yes, even worse than Maggott's): he can explode. Once. And then he'll be dead, because he exploded. Which would have been plenty for a lot of writers new to comics (Bemis' day job is si "I don't know how we even get away with calling this a school! It's more like a Hogwarts for future dead people". A sly, but I think still loving, piss-take of the ridiculousness of superhero comics in general and the X-Men in particular, all told through the lens of one poor kid with the worst mutant power ever (yes, even worse than Maggott's): he can explode. Once. And then he'll be dead, because he exploded. Which would have been plenty for a lot of writers new to comics (Bemis' day job is singing in a band I'm too old to be familiar with), but then things take a turn into the Morrisonesque meta, and if anything it gets even funnier. Not bad at all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Murphy

    This is a satirical story about the way the Marvel Universe functions, primarily involving the mutant teams. Most of the recognizable characters are more extreme and assholey versions of themselves for the sake of parody, which gets uncomfortable at some parts. The plot is not incredibly meaningful though it seems like it was meant to be, and ends on a fairly depressing note. Since this series is short I don't feel like I've wasted my time reading it, but it's forgettable and not really worth pa This is a satirical story about the way the Marvel Universe functions, primarily involving the mutant teams. Most of the recognizable characters are more extreme and assholey versions of themselves for the sake of parody, which gets uncomfortable at some parts. The plot is not incredibly meaningful though it seems like it was meant to be, and ends on a fairly depressing note. Since this series is short I don't feel like I've wasted my time reading it, but it's forgettable and not really worth paying much attention to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hailee

    A little silly, but I enjoyed it. The MC is an oddball and an unlikely hero. The art fits that vibe. I don't think it's one I'm itching to add to the collection, but I'm glad I read it. A little silly, but I enjoyed it. The MC is an oddball and an unlikely hero. The art fits that vibe. I don't think it's one I'm itching to add to the collection, but I'm glad I read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

    Far from it. What do you do when you mutant power is to explode and die? The answer might surprise you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Came across this in MU and it's a fun silly story that pokes a bit of fun at the X-Men. Came across this in MU and it's a fun silly story that pokes a bit of fun at the X-Men.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    It's mostly a joke book about the X-Men. The story of a boy whose mutant power is to explode (and stay very dead) joins the X-Men after his parents were stepped on by a lone Sentinel in front of the X-Men's Mansion. He tries to find where he can fit, which are a lot of jokes about the X-Men until the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants try to manipulate him into killing Prof. X. Like I said it's basically jokes about the X-Men and various teams. The book focuses on Bailey when the most interesting charac It's mostly a joke book about the X-Men. The story of a boy whose mutant power is to explode (and stay very dead) joins the X-Men after his parents were stepped on by a lone Sentinel in front of the X-Men's Mansion. He tries to find where he can fit, which are a lot of jokes about the X-Men until the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants try to manipulate him into killing Prof. X. Like I said it's basically jokes about the X-Men and various teams. The book focuses on Bailey when the most interesting character is Miranda, a fat black girl with reality warping powers and then the humor gets meta. I loved the art. Michael Walsh use of strong black lines to outline and color shading for everything else. Ruth Redmond's colors wonderfully shows shades and depth. The yellows really pops and the shades of blue (whether for shadows, Beast's fur or the uniforms are nicely varied). There is no inker named, so I think that affects the look or Walsh is doing more work. I don't like referring to other artists but Walsh's style reminds me of Darwyn Cooke's in the book. It gives everything a nostalgic feel, which fits in with the jokes and having to know the X-Men's stories to enjoy the book. The book really turns in the last issue. (view spoiler)[One of the new recruits in Bailey's class kills Professor X and become a dictator. X-Men and the Brotherhood become irrelevant as mutants straight up suppress humans in a dystopia. There are jokes about the few X-Men who survived the initial fights and how they survive or thrive. Gambit, ever the opportunist, straight up dates the villain's twin sister despite him initially being their teacher. There's no big stakes. Why? Because Miranda has been skipping all over different Marvel universes and retconning realities. She just forgot about this shitty one. And the series ends as Bailey does the one thing he can do and Miranda is off to another reality. (hide spoiler)] It's a slight humor story for X-Men fans.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    Bailey Hoskins is the worst X-Man ever. Such a funny premise seems like it's destined to fail, but Max Bemis designs a wonderful narrative that is consistently entertaining, hilariously clever, and brilliantly meta. Bemis uses this ridiculous character and his experiences to illustrate what makes X-Men such a lasting idea. The outcast among the mutants is used as a contrast to display that both in their continuity (which is brilliantly addressed) and to readers. Michael Walsh's style compliments Bailey Hoskins is the worst X-Man ever. Such a funny premise seems like it's destined to fail, but Max Bemis designs a wonderful narrative that is consistently entertaining, hilariously clever, and brilliantly meta. Bemis uses this ridiculous character and his experiences to illustrate what makes X-Men such a lasting idea. The outcast among the mutants is used as a contrast to display that both in their continuity (which is brilliantly addressed) and to readers. Michael Walsh's style compliments this story perfectly with a cartoony quirkiness that matches Bailey, and the coloring by Ruth Redmond accents each moment conveying Bailey's emotions in every panel. This may be my favorite X-Men work, but that may be because it is not degraded by continuity (and in fact, even fixes that issue).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Bailey is a mutant. However, his mutant power to explode is only good once. If he uses it, he dies. What's it like being in the Xavier school when, since his powers are not something he can practice with, he's still basically a normal guy? Answer: not good. What follows is an essentially fun, but out-of-continuity story, and that's actually part of the point as the story does a little in-story meta reference to how prominent X-Men don't die and Marvel heroes don't actually age. The end result is Bailey is a mutant. However, his mutant power to explode is only good once. If he uses it, he dies. What's it like being in the Xavier school when, since his powers are not something he can practice with, he's still basically a normal guy? Answer: not good. What follows is an essentially fun, but out-of-continuity story, and that's actually part of the point as the story does a little in-story meta reference to how prominent X-Men don't die and Marvel heroes don't actually age. The end result is something that is fun with a one-off character that only has one chance to do something heroic, so it better count.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Farrell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great idea, a couple of funny parts. What let it down was the random 5th issue and the overall lack of action. He meets Mystique and Magneto? Great. But that he woukd be useful in any way? The thing is with his power that Bailey is a glorified suicide bomber. It's just a question of when he will go off and why. His interactions with the X-Men were disappointing and I hated the way Xaviers scenes went. He can read minds... why didn't he see things coming? I love the idea of a background extra bei Great idea, a couple of funny parts. What let it down was the random 5th issue and the overall lack of action. He meets Mystique and Magneto? Great. But that he woukd be useful in any way? The thing is with his power that Bailey is a glorified suicide bomber. It's just a question of when he will go off and why. His interactions with the X-Men were disappointing and I hated the way Xaviers scenes went. He can read minds... why didn't he see things coming? I love the idea of a background extra being around for a storyline and I was even down for his overly powerful friend. Good concept, unfortunately average execution. I liked the artwork though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Roazen

    Best X-Men Ever. Fatalistic, cynical, gritty and at the same time optimistic, romantic, and beautiful. The story pokes fun at X-Men canon and fan expectations and even at the editing process itself. Read it once, you'll raise an eyebrow. Read it twice, you'll shake your head. Read it three times and you'll realize Max Bemis manages to do in a few issues what Watchmen and The Boys took a few hundred pages apiece to do: show us what a real hero has to sacrifice to save the world from absolute power Best X-Men Ever. Fatalistic, cynical, gritty and at the same time optimistic, romantic, and beautiful. The story pokes fun at X-Men canon and fan expectations and even at the editing process itself. Read it once, you'll raise an eyebrow. Read it twice, you'll shake your head. Read it three times and you'll realize Max Bemis manages to do in a few issues what Watchmen and The Boys took a few hundred pages apiece to do: show us what a real hero has to sacrifice to save the world from absolute power.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This started out very entertaining but then got really weird and even broke the fourth wall, which felt out of place. It's the story of a young mutant whose power is blow himself up. As in, he does it once, and he dies, the end. So it's overall a pretty useless power. It was humorous at parts but the direction it took near the end sucked the humor out and just make it strange. The art did fit the story well. Not horrible, but nothing special. This started out very entertaining but then got really weird and even broke the fourth wall, which felt out of place. It's the story of a young mutant whose power is blow himself up. As in, he does it once, and he dies, the end. So it's overall a pretty useless power. It was humorous at parts but the direction it took near the end sucked the humor out and just make it strange. The art did fit the story well. Not horrible, but nothing special.

  29. 4 out of 5

    minnal

    a little bit too meta for my taste? looks like the writer was trying to make some witty comments about the world of x-men right now but honestly most of it went over my head completely. characters were pretty boring too and established characters werent even in character. way too hard to understand, but this wasnt the worst thing ive ever read so i'll give it 2 stars a little bit too meta for my taste? looks like the writer was trying to make some witty comments about the world of x-men right now but honestly most of it went over my head completely. characters were pretty boring too and established characters werent even in character. way too hard to understand, but this wasnt the worst thing ive ever read so i'll give it 2 stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Knudsen

    It's cute. I actually really like the idea of a character who just *is* Marvel continuity. She's great. I kind of like the idea of following an x-man with a terrible power, but, quite honestly, almost all of the x-men have terrible powers. Only rarely is it purely a gift, mostly it's just a curse. It's cute. I actually really like the idea of a character who just *is* Marvel continuity. She's great. I kind of like the idea of following an x-man with a terrible power, but, quite honestly, almost all of the x-men have terrible powers. Only rarely is it purely a gift, mostly it's just a curse.

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