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    Alex reeks of desperation. With his mind put right back by Emma and Polaris over in x-men blue, he is trying to be a hero again. First he goes solo, and goes as you saw in the preview. Then he just goes into the mansion in Central Park and tries to grab some students to make his own X-men team. It is interesting that he wants to be called Havok, I guess the the "call me Alex" days are in the past now that the Avengers do not want to be seen in the same general area as him. The students however are less than impressed, and Kitty (rightly, for once) chews his head off. He can not just waltz back and recruit some child soldiers. Warpath is present to witness his total emasculation.

    So he goes to Beast, who is teaching in Harvard, because both of them have “disappointed every single person they know”. The rationale being they both can find redemption together. But Beast is tired of fighting. Half his teeth are prostethics and under the fur he is scarred all over.

    Over in B-plot land a military guy is using the Reavers to capture experts in mutant genetics. Not real world old doctor ladies, mind you, but exciting ones. They start by baging Miss Sinister (I guess they decided Sinister himself was above their paygrade). Given Moira is still dead, their next stop is Beast…

    And so the Reavers attack the Hank-Beast meeting. There is some fun banter about who is their actual target, with Beast thinking they are there for Havok. Luckily Beast has a secret weapon.

    And with two of the most despised and unlikable X-men around as leads you need someone really warm and lovable to make this work (There is a reason Dazzler is the one in the cover). So Beast pushes a lever and a door opens. In the shadows a high collared figure can be seen. And it starts low, a sound effect we have not seen in ages. eeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

    ENTER THE WAIL OF THE BANSHEE

    Fuck yeah. He looks like crap, and it is not the usual male Land thing, he is all parched up. God only knows what that traitorous monkey-cat has done to him.






    So, Land. I dislike his art deeply, but it is not the worst we have seen of him. Also not his best, mind you.

    About the writing, I like the fact that he takes the time to pick up characters from where they were left. Like the reavers after the Wolverine mini, Beast being a pariah after his “trial”, Banshee having been in a lab for a while, and so on. The banter is fun, and I expect it will be better once characters that are not Havok and Beast show up.
    The pep talk was super sudden, and Land is not good at talking heads. I do not know if the intention was making Alex look like a twat. Points for using Rockslide to mock him pretty much in character. A lesser writer would have chosen Quentin. It is also cool that Iron man is written as a smug asshole, and the he remembered that Kitty actually dislikes Havok.

    With the Banshee reveal, it is also clear that this team has only one gal, which is curious. I hope they pick another one along the way. Emma would be ideal, as she has close ties with all the cast (except Dazz, maybe) and fits the redemption thing.
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    Kitty is such a bitch. At least her characterization is consistent across multiple books

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    Absolute win.
    Sean is back, lads.

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    It seems like everyone except Havok are jerks in this issue. First Avengers, then Kitty.

    Glsd that 6th character is alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purplevit View Post
    It seems like everyone except Havok are jerks in this issue. First Avengers, then Kitty.

    Glsd that 6th character is alive.
    Kitty heavily dislikes Havok. Remember All-new X-men 13 after the M-word debacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purplevit View Post
    It seems like everyone except Havok are jerks in this issue. First Avengers, then Kitty.

    Glsd that 6th character is alive.
    It's the Summers family curse.

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    I haven't read it, so I'm really only going off this ONE scan that the gracious Havok83 provided but..... this could be the ONLY time I've enjoyed Kitty since the Schism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fokken View Post
    I haven't read it, so I'm really only going off this ONE scan that the gracious Havok83 provided but..... this could be the ONLY time I've enjoyed Kitty since the Schism.
    You're welcome and why? Dislike Alex?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok83 View Post
    You're welcome and why? Dislike Alex?
    Its more about the kid recruitment thing being in line with the school's intention and less about feelings for Alex one way or another.
    Again, that scan is all that I have for context, but I appreciate that she was so hard line about a grown man (regardless of who he is or what her relationship is to him) trying to recruit students for his "team".
    And the humorous conclusion about the ownership of the title of X-Men gave me a chuckle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fokken View Post
    Its more about the kid recruitment thing being in line with the school's intention and less about feelings for Alex one way or another.
    Again, that scan is all that I have for context, but I appreciate that she was so hard line about a grown man (regardless of who he is or what her relationship is to him) trying to recruit students for his "team".
    And the humorous conclusion about the ownership of the title of X-Men gave me a chuckle.
    Oh I gotcha. That line about the X-men made me hate her more bc she didnt even pull that crap with Magneto, yet Havok is the absolute worst? Give me a break girl!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok83 View Post
    You're welcome and why? Dislike Alex?
    It is kind of weird, him going in and trying to make a team out of students. Alex can be rehabilitated, but he has had a rough decade. That is kind of the point of the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok83 View Post
    Oh I gotcha. That line about the X-men made me hate her more bc she didnt even pull that crap with Magneto, yet Havok is the absolute worst? Give me a break girl!
    Sure yes absolutely, when we compare and contrast, she's a complete twat.
    But, as I said, I've pretty much felt that way since the Schism. ha ha. F**in Kitty.

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    I am tired of kitty, Tony asshole stank and beast.

    Anyways, apart from those annoying parts, good read. Seems we have a zombie banshee in the building coolio.

    This and Xmen Gold were pretty good.
    Weird, I'm actually enjoying Gold these days

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    Reminder: Havok was already a traitor before he became evil.


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    I really enjoyed this. Got some chuckles, good continuity and my Irish Best Boy is back. Hopefully they fix him properly!

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