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X-Men: The Curse is Broken by Adi Granov,Jorge Molina,Victor Gischler

Author: Adi Granov,Jorge Molina,Victor Gischler
Book title: X-Men: The Curse is Broken
ISBN10: 0785161899
ISBN13: 978-0785161899
Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (November 28, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 136
Size PDF: 1643 kb
Size FB2: 1597 kb
Size ePUB: 1787 kb
Rating: 4.1 ✯
Votes: 527
Subcategory: Graphic Novels

X-Men: The Curse is Broken by Adi Granov,Jorge Molina,Victor Gischler

As Jubilee learns more about her new vampire heritage from Raizo Kodo and the Forgiven, the X-Men fight to rescue Jubilee from the hands of her bloodsucking brethren! But when the Marvel Universe's deadliest assassins arrive, hired to kill every member of the Forgiven, the three-way battle quickly spirals out of control! Guest-starring Lady Bullseye, the Assassin's Guild and Lord Deathstrike! Plus: A squad of lost Skrulls infiltrates the X-Men, and Pixie is taken hostage - or did she go by choice? Collecting X-MEN (2010) #24-29.
Reviews (2)
Collecting: X-Men (Vol. 3) #24-29

Jubilee was cursed with vampire abilities early in this re-lauched X-Men series(see X-Men: Curse of the Mutants ). The X-Men are able to use regular infusions of Wolverine's blood to keep the curse at bay. However Jubilee's treatments are not a satisfactory solution for a girl who enjoys her freedom and for a vampire that is increasingly hungry. When Jubilee leaves abruptly, Storm is tasked with saving Jubilee (see X-Men: War Machines (X-Men (Marvel Hardcover)). The issues collected here resolve Jubilee's vampire story line (for now).

The Forgiven led by Raizo Kodo have the ability to teach young vampires to survive on pig's blood and help them learn to restrain their predatory desires. However they are a small minority in a world filled with sadistic, human-draining creatures of the night. But even this minority of "good guy" vampires can be threatening, so a bounty is placed on Kodo's head (a bounty that attracts every merc in the book, including--of course--Deadpool). Vampires and X-Men find themselves on the same side against some of the most ruthless assassins on the planet and the mysterious Siren Sect that seems to be the mastermind behind the recent vampire capers.

Issues twenty eight and twenty nine give readers a fairly well self-contained short story with Pixie in a starring role. A crafty bunch of Skrulls catches the Fantastic Four off guard and take Pixie hostage. Readers ultimately are treated to a fun team-up issue with Spider-Man as well as the Fantastic Four.

Jorge Molina's artwork is at the heart of the issues collected here (Molina helms the artwork for issues 25-27), which is fortunate because he crafts some memorable panels. Jubilee's sword fight with the silent assailant was almost beautiful. Al Barrionuevo's (issue 24) and Will Conrad's artwork (issues 28-29) is also good.

I can't say that the depowered Jubilee turned superpowerful and slightly evil storyline was something I was very fond of, so I am glad Gischler was able to figure out a way to solve the Jubilee problem. I do enjoy Storm leading her own team of X-Men--I have a feeling if she were in charge the whole falling out between Wolverine and Cyclops could've been solved with a good old fashioned knife fight in the sewers. The story continues in X-Men by Brian Wood - Volume 1: Blank Generation .
“X-Men: The Curse is Broken” is a, at best, mediocre collection of comics. Writer Victor Gischler does a fine enough job in pulling the strings on a story dealing with the X-Men tangling with vampires as Jubilee claims much of the spotlight and a clash with the Skrulls. But there are problems, including a host of different pencilers leading the art teams and so many guest stars (Deadpool! Spiderman! Fantastic Four!) that the focus is lost on almost all of the X-Men save Jubilee. While not bad, I simply don’t see much of an audience here, even for many X-Men fans. I’d give this book 2.75 stars if possible which rounds up my rating.

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