Friday, April 17, 2009
Writer: Matt Fraction
Pencils: Greg Land
Inks: Jay Leisten
Story Rating: 5 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 6.5 Night Girls out of 10
Synopsis: In a cemetery...the Red Queen is telling Regan that she can bring back her dead father. He will be more powerful than ever. Her sister tells Regan that the Red Queen can bring their father back if they ask her. Regan pulls out a gun and puts it to the Queen's head. She changes it into smoke and says that it begins tonight in Tokyo.
In Tokyo...a man is talking to a woman. She says she can't love him as long as he is a sword warrior. He casts aside his sword and pledges his love to her. Domino is watching them and smiling. Wolverine asked her to put flowers on a grave.
When Domino arrives, Chimera, Lady Deathstrike and Spiral are stealing a coffin. A furious fight ensues. Both sides draw blood. In the end, the villains escape through one of Spiral's gateways. Domino calls Wolverine and asks him who Kwannon was.
At Graymalkin Industries in California...Hank has returned with the team of scientists he was gathering(Dr. Nemesis, Dr. Takiguchi, and Madison Jeffries). He has brought them together to try to reactivate the X-Gene. Dr. Nemesis believes they can fix the problem by using science.
Downtown San Francisco...the Red Queen uses her magic to heal Chimera. She received a chest wound in the fight with Domino. The Queen tells the others to take their positions.
Chimera wants to know what they are going to fill the dead girl with during the ritual. The Queen says what else do you use except for a live girl. Lady Deathstrike brings out Psylocke. The Queen tells them it is time to raise some hell.
Emma (White Queen) Frost and Kurt (Nightcrawler) Wagner are talking in a church. He teleports her from the church to the front of a classroom. It is filled with the Russian girls that the X-Men rescued in a previous issue. Colossus is there to translate. Emma, the Stepford Cuckoos, Karma and Empath all start screaming in pain.
Above Mt. Shasta...Northstar is falling through the sky with a snowboard. His speed causes a sonic boom as he falls onto the jump ramp. This jump sets various records.
Afterwards at the celebration, his sister Aurora shows up with Wolverine. Logan wants Northstar to join the X-Men. They need someone with his speed. Northstar accepts.
Hank is examining the psychics at Graymalkin. The Cuckoos say a massive psychic event has occurred.
The Good: The high light of this issue was the fight in Tokyo. Fraction and Land choreographed a good fight scene in this part of the issue. Both sides were shown to be very dangerous.
I thought that this was an above average art job by Land and Leisten. In addition to the fight scene, I liked the art for the resurrection scene. It was appropriately creepy. The effects on the resurrection were spectacular.
The addition of Northstar is an interesting one for the X-Men. They have not had someone with his speed for a long time (if ever). I will be curious to see how he mixes with the other characters.
The Bad: I can sum this up with 2 words, the storyline. There was no coherent story for this issue. Fraction threw in a lot of little snipets and called it a story. How many different stories were mentioned but nothing really happened?
1. Angel's return to his Archangel form. Last issue this was a major problem for Hank but it only earned 1 panel this time.
2. The team working on reactivating the X-gene. This was given 2 pages. What happened in those 2 pages? One of the scientists reveals that he does not believe in magic.
3. The Red Queen tells Regan that she can bring back her father. So what do our villains do after that? They go and steal the coffin containing Kwannon's body. Not sure what this had to do with Regan's father.
At least an attempt was made to start teaching the Russian girls.
Overall: Uncanny X-Men #508 was a well drawn issue without a story. This issue was a step backwards from the previous 2 issues.