Friday, October 23, 2015

House of M #3 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Oy.  OK, here we go.

The main problem with this issue is that it implies that Namor and Pietro somehow knew that the humans were going to attack Magneto. Despite the impromptu nature of that attack, the pair apparently planned their attack to coincide with it, so that they could blame the humans for Magneto's death.  It's possible that their actual plan was just to blame the humans anyway, and they don't yet realize that the humans attacked and that they should be concerned over the fact that they haven't yet found Magneto's body.  But, Hopeless and Bunn don't really make that clear.  It also doesn't help that it's hard to believe that Pietro is so naive that he thinks that Namor isn't going to betray him.  Seriously, was he born yesterday?  

The best part of this issue, beyond Anindito's beautiful art, is Lorna and Magneto's flight from Castle Magnus.  The authors give Lorna a wryer voice than she usually has, portraying her as the long-suffering adult among a family of over-grown children.  Magneto spends most of the issue sputtering over his lost powers and inability to exact vengeance on Clint, Felicia, and Misty.  First, he needs to keep them alive because he believes that they know how to reverse his power loss, then he needs to join forces with them to overthrow Pietro.  It's a lot for him to process, I guess.

I really wanted to give this issue a better score, I can't get past the weak plotting here.  I'm still excited about next issue, but hopefully Hopeless and Bunn will pay a little more attention to the basics.

** (two of five stars)

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