July 19, 2013 - An end and a beginning
Toss up. But both are excellent.
It has the heart.
When I read a comic book, I can tell nearly immediately if I like it or if I don't. When I am transported to the world - I know that it's great. When I don't, it's junk. I rarely encounter a book like this.
I was preparing to write a biting review, comparing it to old Harbinger and listing its failures. Then, I got to the end of this book. I was moved to tears.
Certainly they weren't the moving and pushing weeping ones. If you haven't read this book lately, you owe yourself to go back to it. These characters, while a brief and checkered part of the whole Valiant landscape - met most of the best parts of what comics were and could have been. Fabe - kudos.
A classic change.
The Bronze age in most classical perspectives begins with the demise of Gwen Stacy. An excellent placement. But the beginning of that end may kind of start here. At least it is a test run for that end.
Of course it's a hoax. One that will be repeated over and over again in the realm of comics. But the Changeling really does die here. And that may be a bit more than it was cracked up to be. The story is a good one. Even though the Grotesk villain is a one-trick pony. The scope of the story - to kill a teacher and mentor to these kids - forcing their graduation - skillful. The last panel with Warren carrying out the professor is amazing. Loved it. And then it continues - and ends - the origin of Cyclops's entry to the X-Men, as well.
The origin is decent - and starts to close out the reasons for the X-Men, too. Iceman next, eh? That could be interesting.