Saturday, April 25, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex Omega #1

   Brian Michael Bendis is an excellent writer, but he seems to have a weak point: event books.

   He's cooked up some of the most famous in recent history - but Black Vortex isn't one of them.

   It's been a rambling, overextended story that starts with a big MacGuffin - the Black Vortex is a cosmic mirror (of sorts) that amplifies the abilities of those who look into it.

   So we have a bunch of heroes and villains getting amped up and fighting and destruction looms.

   There are certainly some clever twists and sharp dialogue, and the artwork is very good (if a bit hard to follow here and there), but the ending is muddled (which is to say, I'm not sure exactly what happened to all the characters and their powers).

   There is a significant personal event at the end that long-time readers will either love or hate. I'm somewhere in the middle.

   It's how I feel about the whole event - some things to like, some to not like so much. A real mixed bag.

Grade: B-


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