Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis

The mutants are making a trip to Africa in Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, a mini-series published by Marvel 100%.

Strange events occur for some time to Kareri, a small village Mbangawi. In fact, babies are born with strange powers, sometimes causing considerable damage, as if some are content to float in the air or be transparent, others are downright explode.
Once the information reached the X-Men, they decide to go investigate. Cyclops is the head of the group and took with him Emma Frost, Storm, Wolverine, Beast and Armor. The latter is particularly intriguing as a scientist for the X gene normally only activated at puberty and not at birth. But the team, faced with the hostility of local authorities, will soon discover that these phenomena not hide a new hope for the Homo Superior but a threat to mankind ...

These five episodes are scripted by Warren Ellis (No Hero, Black Summer, Ocean, Ministry of Space, Freakangels, Transmetropolitan, Nextwave, Fell, New Universal) and drawn by Kaare Andrews (Matrix, Spider-Man: Reign). The colors, beautiful, are the work of Frank D'Armata. Visually, Andrews put on a certain irreverence, especially about poor Emma Frost, whose exaggerated forms give a more disturbing than seductive (Scott should be able to go around her waist with your thumb and forefinger!). The same right is unfortunate telepath, a cover, a kind of lizard baby shower him directly in the chest. His image of femme fatale, cold and haughty, takes a beating. The others are better off, particularly muscular. The graphic style is certainly very attractive.

The story has the advantage of being very accessible, without reference to the large continuous except for one or two things like Ghost Box (Ellis the same invention, see this column) or the fact that the group be established San Francisco at the time. Although Mbangawi is imaginary, the author still manages, through Logan to make an uncompromising portrait of real states that surround it: the Rwandan genocide, child soldiers in Burundi, Uganda and refugees, Tanzania and its people faced with a terrible AIDS epidemic ... all countries in the region are scratched, the Mbangawi is also referred to as the "crossroads of shit." In another development, the fight scenes prove impressive (but very readable, which is not always the case) and the conclusion is tinged with some bitterness.
All is not totally black and desperate, Ellis managing to insert a few touches of humor with tasty replicas. There also remains some small inconsistencies, but nothing dramatic. For example, while Joshua N'Dingi has considerable resources and it is already patched, why the hell he keeps a mug with "apparent teeth"? The point where it is, the doctor could give her a small price for a restorative facial surgery ... and how does he eat or drink? everything should be barred ... Anyway, it's more fun than truly embarrassing.

X-Men in great shape and nicely set images.