Saturday, August 17, 2013

Uncanny X-Men #7 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Bendis seems on the verge of finally moving Illyana passed the "tortured soul" routine that has defined her character pretty much since her inception.  As I've mentioned previously, Bendis makes you wonder why it took so long for someone to put Illyana together with Dr. Strange, but it's exactly that combination that holds so much promise when it comes to moving Illyana to a more stable place.  The idea that she was able to collapse Limbo into her is brilliant, really establishing how deeply tied to that dimension she is, something that she herself really only seems to realize when she manages to do so.  I really can't wait to see where Bendis goes with this plot.

In other news, the kids return from Limbo with their eyes open, both to the dangers that they face and the, um, limitations of their professors.  One of the best parts of this sequence is seeing Scott so completely and totally unhinged over the fact that he has no control over pretty much anything.  After the smug arrogance that he's exuded for the last few years, it's great to see him start to realize that he's not as masterful as he thinks.  Now, we just have to wait and see if Fabio is the only one who wants off this crazy thing.

Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the art.  Whoever chose Irving for this arc did a spectacular job matching his talents with the tale, since his unclear lines and dramatic colors give Limbo the sense of dread-inspiring awe that it often lacks.  You truly understand why everyone's always so damned afraid of the place.  This style makes it a little difficult to follow the story later, since it was hard to keep all the various blond women straight when they returned to Earth, but it was worth some late confusion for such a spectacularly rendered Limbo.  Well done, all around.

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