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Uncanny X-Men #446

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2004
By: Craig Johnson

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: Alan Davis

Publisher: Marvel

If you don’t own it already, go to your comic book store, put down $19.95, and pick up a copy of the “Captain Britain” TPB by Alans Moore and Davis. Look at the first four pages and see the Fury, see what it does. Read the rest of the book, see the Fury, see what it does.

Now look at this comic and wonder – as I do – why the Fury is acting so out of character (let alone what it’s doing back from the dead in the first place). Then ask yourself if you’re going to use an old Alan Moore character shouldn’t you (a) credit Moore with the character’s creation in the book; (b) treat it with respect; (c) write it properly. If you answered “no” to any of these three questions then you are Chris Claremont and I demand my five pounds.

What’s the point? If you’re going to riff on someone else’s character, then do it right or don’t do it at all – just create a whole new character and use that instead. The Fury, in Chris Claremont’s terms, exists purely for the X-Men to have a nice big battle next issue, under the tagline “Hell Hath No Fury”. Yes, very nice, I remember you using that one a number of years ago too.

Let’s overlook the problems with using The Fury, and the rape of Alan Moore’s still twitching corpse. Let’s look at the issue otherwise and…oh dear. I give four bullets for the art, because it’s a fairly decent job by Alan Davis, but deduct three for the story (big baddie rips the X-Men a new one, takes one over, she fights the X-Men until they take her down, then it’s time for revenge) has been done so many times before – and so many times by Claremont before.

Unoriginal. Boring. Derivative. Bad. And that’s just my review. Imagine how bad the issue must be.

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