After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

54. Uncanny X-Men: Lovelorn by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Terry Dodson, Mitch Breitweiser & Danial Acuña



Title: Uncanny X-Men: Lovelorn
Related Series: X-Men
Authors: Matt Fraction, illustrated by Terry Dodson, Mitch Breitweiser & Danial Acuña
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780785129998
Publisher: Marvel
Twitter: @marvel
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 6-26-10
Challenge: 100 Books 10, 1010 Challenge (Graphic novel category)

From Amazon:
In the depths of his heartache over Kitty Pryde, Colossus goes looking for something - anything - to stop his pain... and finds a nightmare from the Old Country running rampant in the States. What's their connection? Elsewhere, Angel and the Beast begin a worldwide quest gathering some of the most unique minds on Earth and run across a hero long thought dormant. Emma checks into a hotel you have to see to believe, while poor Scott sits idly by... oh, and then footage showing the Alaskan Massacre that kicked off Messiah Complex is released to the media. Just another day in the life of the all new, all different X-MEN! Collects Uncanny X-Men #504-507 & Annual #2.

I've seen a lot of varying reviews on this particular volume. Some love it, some hate it, many are "Meh" over it. The reason is, there isn't much in this volume that can stand up as a stand alone volume. This is a "middle-of-the-story" volume, but you can't get from the beginning to the end of a story without something, in the middle right? There is lots going on in the X-Men universe by this time, and in Matt Fraction's stories, this is one of the main tie ins to what's to come. We see more of Madeleine Pryor as the Red Queen; Beast is recruiting his own version of the X-Club to try to figure out the secret to unlocking the X-gene; Colossus is off rescuing kidnaps Russians; and footage of the massacre in Alaska is leaked. But that's all there is in this volume, glimpses of the events leading up to things yet to come and the beginnings of lots and lots of secrets.

The inclusion of Annual #2 is a tie in to the Dark Reign story line moving throughout the rest of the Marvel Universe at this time. It seems to be a bit revisionist (but what isn't, these days?) and it seems a little out of place in the grand scheme of this story, but it does solve one mystery from the early issues in the volume: what was going on with Sebastian Shaw?

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