The comic reader’s sense of entitlement makes me laugh. If you want to read something that congratulates you for buying another thing that rewards Marvel for their treatment of comic creators, you’re in the wrong place, True Believer.
Since 1985’s Crisis On Infinite Earths,, the “Summermegacrossover” has become a tradition at the Big Two, an action-packed, highly-lucrative “event” in which some unprecedented calamity calls for all of DC’s or Marvel’s biggest guns to band together to avert the destruction of the Universe/the Earth/East Grinstead in a series of increasingly-contrived battle extravaganzas.
Another week, another .1 issue to review. Thankfully this is one of the best of them that I’ve read. The current team is reasonably compact and all really famous (the line-up is all on the cover), so it’s not much effort, but Gillen gives them all a moment anyway. More importantly, he zooms straight in on the point of greatest interest: why is Magneto now an X-Man, and how will this be accepted by the world?
This suffers the same fault as most other recent one-shots, in that it is utterly inessential, not being a notable or pivotal moment in Cyclops’ life, but what it achieves that the others don’t is being thoroughly entertaining, a virtue you don’t find in so many Marvel comics these days.
I can’t quite work this out: it seems to be set pretty early in X-Men continuity, presumably to link in to the new movie set back then, but it sets up Jean as, in Professor X’s words, “one of the strongest beings on the planet,” which was certainly not the case in the original run of X-Men comics.
I’ve read a few one-offs lately where the purpose of their existence is unclear. I am imagining editors deciding they want, say, a Magneto one-shot and handing the job to someone, ignoring their protests that they have zero ideas as to what to do with one issue with that character.
Even the people who thought that dedicating a year to ‘The Ladies’ wasn’t sexist, with the implicit subtext that said ‘Ladies’ should bugger off to the kitchen or the bedroom every other year…Even they were smart enough to steer clear of this’n!