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.

Friday, July 2, 2010

58. Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Marc Silvestri, Terry Dodson, Luke Ross & Mike Deodato



Title: Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia
Related Series: X-Men
Authors: Matt Fraction, illustrated by Marc Silvestri, Terry Dodson, Luke Ross & Mike Deodato
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780785142331
Publisher: Marvel
Twitter: @marvel
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 6-30-10
Challenge: 100 Books 10, 1010 Challenge (Graphic novel category)

From Amazon:
WHO ARE THE DARK X-MEN? He has his own Avengers team and now Norman Osborn has his own X-Men team. The other shoe has finally dropped and Emma Frost has betrayed Cyclops and the rest of the X-Men. And that's just one of the huge surprises in "UTOPIA". Is that Namor? Cloak and Dagger? Professor X?! The thing that you aren't ready for is that Osborn is right. Collects Uncanny X-Men #513-514, Dark Avengers #7-8, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia, and Utopia Exodus.

Well, the X-Men's stay in San Francisco is short lived. The Humanity Now! Organization's march through San Francisco in support of their bill to regulate mutant breeding brings about riots on both sides of the struggle. When the situation seems to be escalating out of control, Norman Osborn and his Dark Avengers descend on the city to bring order back to the city. And on top of that, Emma's secrets finally come to the front as she reveals that she has teamed with Osborn as leader of his newly formed team of Dark X-Men. Cyclops finally has decided that he's had enough and sets in motion his secret, which is the raising of the original Asteroid M, which he claims will be a mutant Utopia. He has decided that mutants need to be removed from the general human populace and so has set up Utopia as a sanctuary for all mutants and their families.

I think this story hearkens back to the X-Men stories of the 80s and early 90s, when mutants were treated as second rate citizens and there was prejudice around the entire Marvel universe toward them. This is one of the aspects of the X-Men stories that has always intrigued me, how the mutants are treated by the government and general populace, and is a mirror sometimes to how minorities (such as gays) are treated in real life. Those were some of my favorite stories from back in the day; the X-Men struggling to be accepted by a world they are trying to protect. It seems like we may be seeing a more prevalent return to some of those themes in the current stories.

Overall, a recommended read for X-Men fans.

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