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Mystique #2

Posted: Monday, June 2, 2003
By: Josh Stone

“Dead Drop Gorgeous Pt. 2”

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Jorge Lucas

Publisher: Marvel Comics

We open with Prof. X and Forge trying to find out where Mystique is. Xavier has just finished scanning people’s minds when Forge decides to call in a favor from a high ranking friend in the Pentagon. Forge’s friend informs them that a branch of the Homeland Security has just captured Mystique and plans to execute her. So, skip a head a bit Mystique is being held aboard a giant airbase and the good Professor disguises himself as Magneto and frees her. A lot of action scenes, just thought I’d give you the abridged version.

After reading the first issue of Mystique I was a tad let down. I thought it could’ve been better, it had all the key ingredients of a wonderful comic, yet somehow it didn’t mix. Now, with the second issue under my belt (it’s not really under my belt, that’d be wrong) I have changed my mind. Everything seemed to work this time around. Much, much better then the first issue; hopefully this trend will continue.

Vaughn did a splendid job with the script for this issue. I especially enjoyed the dialogue exchange between Mystique and Johnny Kitano (the person in charge of her capture). Some wonderfully written material, nice to see Vaughn delivering the goods. I said in my review of the first issue that I expected better stuff from Vaughn, and here it is, great writing. I should actually be taking notes instead of doing this (such a slacker). Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the next issue of Mystique, if it’s anything like this one, it’s sure to be a “Marvel Must Have.”

The art, just like the last issue, was very fluid and well done. Lucas does a great job illustrating Mystique, some of the best Mystique artwork I’ve seen, and does an equally good job with Xavier. His drawings of Xavier make him look more healthy, I’m so use to seeing the Prof. drawn as a feeble old man, it’s a welcomed change in my opinion. I’d have to say the biggest improvement from the first issue is the cover art. They brought Mystique back to her “true blue” and got rid of that weird purple color from the last cover (and you thought I was going to say something about the “super model, sexy pose”).

Final Word:
The second issue blew the first completely out of the water. I said to myself before buying this issue, “Wally, if this issue is like the last, don’t buy it again,” and it wasn’t like the last issue, which means I will still be dishing out the money for it next month. But it’s money well spent. So, if you’re like me and didn’t like the first issue, this one should be more to your liking, which means you too might be dishing out money again next month.

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