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Saturday, June 27, 2009 

Things are getting dreadful for the X-Men

The LeHigh Valley Express-Times fawns over the current Dark Reign tie-in, which is in none other than the X-Men:
Right now there is no better "Dark Reign" tie-in than writer Matt Fraction and artist Marc Silvestri's "Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia."
With an overrated writer like that, I wouldn't be so sure.
The book brings back one of the X-Men's best artists in Silvestri and Fraction writes the crossover as a part of the ongoing X-Men storyline, not as something forced in.

He uses what's been going on in "Uncanny X-Men" as the launching point to bring in Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers.
Then what does he mean by "not as something forced in"? This whole Osborn-as-team-leader biz has been a joke since the beginning.
As for the X-Men, they are having some problems.
Yep, they most certainly are, including at least one mentioned above.
The biggest is the proposed mandatory sterilization for mutants that the California government is trying to pass.

The movement is headed by Simon Trask, brother of the late Bolivar Trask, inventor of the mutant hunting robots, the Sentinels.

During a march to Sacramento, Trask and his followers pass through San Francisco, the new home of the X-Men.

The march spins out of control, riots break out all over the city and the X-Men are unable to bring the city under control.

By the end of it, several X-Men are in jail, including original team member Beast.
Gee, that sounds almost like the current situation in Gotham City when Batman Bruce Wayne is missing! Nothing to see here then.

At the end of the article, they say:
The Dark Reign storyline has been kind of at a standstill for a few months, but now, as Dr. Doom says in the comic, "Here's to things finally getting interesting."
And considering how silly the story of Norman Osborn suddenly becoming a foe for the entire MCU was to begin with, I doubt it. That this is all part of a company wide, money-consuming crossover certainly doesn't help matters.

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