New X-Men #129

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Igor Kordey Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 2
5.0Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Despite international pressure, Professor X and Phoenix help to affect Fantomex's escape. Once clear of trouble, Fantomex makes not one, but two offers the mutant telepaths may not be able to refuse...

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 23, 2002

    I figure your enjoyment of this issue is largely dependent on how interesting you find the character of Fantomax, as Grant Morrison devotes most of the spotlight to his latest creation. If you were with the X-Men when Rogue first join the team, or when Magneto joined the team, or when Marrow joined the team than Fantomax's arrival is going to feel quite familiar, as the X-Men have a fairly long history of taking in troubled mutants. The character is also more a collection of tough guy clichs than a real character, but given this is the first issue to really feature the character, I can understand why this wasn't an in-depth character study. I will admit that I do find the idea that he has himself a pet UFO to be interesting, and his mercenary mind-set should make for some interesting interaction with the rest of the team. He also looks like a fairly formidable opponent, so I'm looking forward to Wolverine's little pep talk with the new guy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 19, 2002

    Perhaps the most preposterous suggestion by Mr. Morrison is that somehow the military, industrial complex who even in the Marvel universe is afflicted with a combined limited intellect is clever enough to discover such an advanced poppycock power. These caveats aside, the characters fail to convince me the story can work. How is it that Fantomex can even comprehend what the heated time people can do? He's a bleached movie Diabolik clone and one I find even less appealing or intelligent than the MST3K original. What exactly does Monet do? She has yet to use any ability. Why doesn't Darkstar's energy work? How can energy be degraded through evolution? These questions Mr. Morrison fails to answer, and the lack of anticipation results in a sloppy mess. Read Full Review

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