Sunday, September 29, 2013

Uncanny X-Men #9 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This issue could be the first one that I haven't loved of this series (or "All-New X-Men").  It's a decent issue, but I'm not sure what to do with Bendis' portrayal of Dazzler here.  She seems completely oblivious to the chaos that she brings with her to the Medina household.  Was she really surprised that Pablo's father pulled a gun on her, after her repeatedly asked her to leave his house and she completely ignored him and continued delivering her canned speech to Pablo?  Did she really have to completely destroy the Medina's house, rather than simply trying to talk down Pablo's father or deflect the bullet using her powers?  It all seemed very rookie for a character who debuted in 1980.  Moreover, I'm disappointed that, even with the odd characterization that she had in this issue, she's replaced by Mystique so quickly.  It's almost like Marvel has a thing against her, since she's either assigned to the unseen "Street Team" during the Utopia days or leading a team in a series ("X-Treme X-Men") that Marvel never really publicized.  All that said, I did enjoy her interaction with Scott, particularly when she asked where Charles was.  After all, she's right:  he is the Sirhan Sirhan of mutants.  He may not think that he is...but he is.  It would've nice to have seen more of this Dazzler throughout the issue than the one we got.  Of course, it doesn't really matter, since Mystique is presumably going to stuff her into a cell somewhere and we won't see her again for another five years.  [Sigh.]

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