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Okay. Though only loosely tying in with the comics theme, I still have to share this stunning artwork from the upcoming "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" for PS3 and Xbox 360. If you don't already know, my brother Mark and I are hopeless Mega Man devotees, particularly the Mega Man X series. For example, a couple of weeks ago we spent an evening watching a fan-made live-action feature-length (these-dashes-are-getting-fun), Mega Man film and loved every minute of it! It was way cheesy, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't dream about Mega Man at night, but if you do, you have to check it out at megamanfilm.com (is this a run-on sentence?). It is an hour-and-a-half well spent! Moving back to our topic, it was recently announced that Zero (from the Mega Man X series) will be in "Marvel vs. Capcom 3," and I wanted to share this beautiful character art from marvel.com. Enjoy!
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I'll try and keep this short and sweet. I love the X-Men. I am by no means an expert on them, but I find the X-Men titles much more interesting than most other comics with big teams of super heroes. I rarely love crossovers, but I thought this one was fantastic. I've read Messiah Complex and Messiah War (the two crossovers leading up to this one), but Second Coming is definitely the most satisfying.
In recent years, mutants have stopped being born. On top of that, there are less that two hundred mutants left on Earth, and radical human groups are invested in the extinction of the mutant race. A new mutant baby is finally born, and now she is the X-Men's only possibility of a future with humans and mutants. Second Coming chronicles Hope's return to the X-Men as a teenager and their struggle to prevent the end of their race.
The highlights: An enjoyable and easy to follow story. Doesn't require a great deal of prior knowledge, but it still has lots of character appearances and details for fans. Some longtime X-characters die, which isn't a good thing, but something you won't want to miss. The art is fantastic! This crossover includes several artists from various X-titles. My favorite is David Finch, but almost every issue has fantastic art. All of the covers and variant covers are included in this collection, and they are beautiful! Finally, it's one of the few crossovers I've read that has good pacing, a mixture of art that isn't distracting, and a story that is worth reading and will affect X-Men comics for years to come.
Things to consider: Most of the plot is well explained, but there are a few characters and plot points that may not make sense without prior knowledge. This didn't bother me, but if you're picky about such things, beware! There is a bit of graphic violence. This is pretty limited, but there were two or three images I found disturbing. This may not bother you, but you should know that this book is definitely not for young children (surprise, surprise).
This wasn't as short as I planned, but I hope it was sweet! If you're looking for a fun story-arc to get you updated on recent happenings in the X-universe, this is definitely the book for you!
My rating: Definitely worth checking out