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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble

Authors: Skottie Young, Dan Slott, Ruben Diaz, Chris Claremont
Illustrators: Gurihiru Gurihiru, Mark Buckingham, JJ Kirby, Tom Raney

Title: Young Marvel: Little X-Men, Little Avengers, Big Trouble
Publication: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Marvel
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic Book
Pages: 208
Audience: 15 and up
Rating: 1 out of 5
Source: Purchased

Synopsis (from the cover): There's no pacifying Cyclops and Cap, who swap "ABC" for "AVX" as the playground becomes a battleground over a cherished teddy bear! Then, when Mojo kidnaps Wolverine to star in his arena of death, it's Longshot, Dazzler, and the uncannily cute X-Babies to the rescue! And when those junior X-Men stand up to the Brotherhood of Mutant Bullies in a murderous game show produced by Mojo and Arcade, will they be outdone by new kids on the block- or will one of their number dissolve back into neoplasm from which they were formed?

My thoughts:
 Little X-Men was one of the worst books I have read in a long time. I would almost say it verges on false advertisement. I judge books by their cover, and I assumed this book would be all about mini- marvel characters. The first little story was and the artwork matched the cover. The crap after that was just that, garbage. I fell asleep numerous times while trying to trudge through this book. It was a Valentine's gift from my husband, and I felt bad because it was awful and about $10 more than graphic novels typically are.
I will admit to not know much about the Marvel universe except for a few Rouge singles I have read, the X-Men cartoon from the 90's, and what I have watched of the blockbuster hits. In this graphic novel though, the names were changed. I finally realized Sugah was Rouge, Storm was Rain Cloud or something, it was stupid, unnecessary changes. I was lost as to who some characters were due to the name changes, and eventually I gave up the guessing game.
I expected the art to be the same throughout. It usually is for graphic novels, but this was a mish-mash of garbage that must have not made it into other storm arcs. The main story that takes up most of the pages in the middle was confusing and to me, the characters weren't little, more like middle school or teenage. It wasn't cute either. Only the first story was. Then there were a few more short comics at the end by some other person that had nothing to do with the Young Marvel title. I was baffled. Then at the very end (about 20-30 pages) were just comic covers that were never made into covers.
I was sorely disappointed by this graphic novel. It was money and time wasted. I should have actually looked up reviews on Goodreads or Amazon before I begged my husband to purchase it.

1 comment:

  1. Why would they do this? Like, really? What a terrible idea....