Every so often I get e-mails asking me why
I bother with the X-Axis when there are so many more
interesting comics that I could be reviewing. Titles
like Uncanny X-Men make me wonder much the same thing.
This is the fourth part of "The Draco", and
consists largely of Azazel and his entourage delivering
exposition. Basically, this is the issue where Austen
tries to sell us on the idea that Nightcrawler's father Azazel
is Satan. Of course, this being the Marvel Universe, if
Azazel wants to claim that he's Satan, he can join the queue
behind at least fifty other characters who've claimed the same
thing at one time or another.
Anyway, the centre point of the issue is
Azazel explaining all this stuff and everyone else going "Oh
gosh, no!" The problem being that since it's been
perfectly obvious for four issues that the story was heading
in this direction, an entire issue of characters explaining it
doesn't make for very entertaining reading. In fairness,
Austen does produce a fairly plausible explanation of how Kurt
ended up with Margali Szardos, but that's about as far as it
Over in the subplots, Polaris... oh no,
hold on, she's not in this issue at all. Got to make
room for that exposition. Meanwhile, the Juggernaut goes
to Canada to visit Sammy Pare, as we get another few pages
hammering home the same idea that Sammy has an abusive father.
Since nothing of the sort was mentioned until this storyline,
mind you, I suppose Austen feels the need to stress it.
Everyone panics, Alpha Flight turn up. Sasquatch is now
wearing body armour, which is the stupidest thing I've seen in
Basically, it's the usual vacant nonsense
we've come to expect from this title.
Philip Tan's art remains alarmingly
inconsistent. It's now started to sprout individual
panels of computer-coloured art, which look ludicrously out of
place next to the fiddly little cross-hatching in every other
panel. Oh, and four issues into the storyline, somebody
finally confirms in dialogue that the character nobody can
recognise is meant to be Abyss. Would have been handy to
make that clear earlier, wouldn't it?
It's a bad comic. But does anyone
expect better these days?