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Mystique #5

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2003
By: Paul Brian McCoy



ďDrop Dead Gorgeous part 5Ē

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Jorge Lucas

Publisher: Marvel

I havenít read Vaughanís work for other companies. So Mystique and Runaways are my only real experience with him as a writer. Runaways is, without a doubt, my favorite new series and every issue is a treat to read. You should be ashamed of yourself if you havenít given it a chance. MystiqueY: The Last Man sometime and see if it makes a difference.

Anyway, this month Mystique is still in Cuba trying to stop illegal Russian Sentinels from being used against Cuban mutants. The story seems to be stalling for time as we are put through a number of gunfights and some rather melodramatic pauses and plot points. Lucasí artwork is very nice when dealing with realistic characters and especially machinery (I canít wait for his take on Iron Man in a month or two), but when he is designing the freakier mutants, he falls a little flat. The mutant children in this issue, while being up to the ugly standard that is common in Morrisonís New X-Men, are just not very interesting to look at. In fact, some of the mutations look like they could have just been added after the fact, while he was doing his inks.

This is one of those times where it may have been either better to make this story a shorter one, or really go all out to make it something big. As it is there are far too many moments where you just know whatís going to happen. Thatís not to say there arenít some surprises; Vaughanís ideas for Mystiqueís transformations are usually pretty interesting and this month is no exception to that. Plus, it was interesting to see that holding specific shapes like the giant four-armed, two-faced warrior that she becomes at the climactic moment here, is difficult or even painful for her. I was very intrigued by that, but then that ending had to happen. You know the one. The one with the big moral dilemma. What will she do? It was so clichť that Iím not really interested in the resolution. Iíll still get it, because Iím a completist freak, but Iím not really interested anymore.

This is an okay issue with one or two surprises, but far more clichťs and gimmicks that might leave you groaning.



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