What If?: X-Men - Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire #1

Writer: Christopher Yost Artist: Larry Stroman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 5, 2007 Critic Reviews: 1
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THE RISE & FALL OF THE SHI'AR EMPIRE was an X-Men event like no other. Fresh off X-MEN: DEADLY GENESIS, Ed Brubaker took Marvel's mighty mutants off Earth and on an intergalactic journey to stop VULCAN, the third Summers brother, from exacting revenge on the Shi'Ar Empire! But in that final battle in front of the M'Kraan Crystal, what if Vulcan absorbed the very energies that contained it many years ago? In other words, what if Vulcan became PHOENIX? When his unlimited rage is fueled with unlimited power...who will be able to stop him now?

  • 3.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 5, 2007

    Basically, this issue would have been right at home among the X-Men comics of 10 years ago. The story is uninspired, relying on a wholly uninteresting buy incredibly powerful villain to move things along. The dialogue is often trite, which is unfortunate considering Christopher Yost does much better work on New X-Men every month. But, more than anything, the art feels like a throwback to yesteryear. Poor figure work, cramped panels, and a whole lot of sloppy inking pretty much seal the deal. If you absolutely have to read an alternate take on Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire, go read some Internet fan fiction. It'll look better, and the story will probably be a good deal more satisfying. Read Full Review

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