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Wolverine & the X-Men #14 - My Dinner with the Phoenix

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The one where Colossus takes Kitty Pryde out on a date.

The Good

Two really positive plot developments come out of this issue, but aside from those two things, the issue itself is probably the weakest issue of all the WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN up to this point. One really positive thing to come out of this issue is the show of force by Kitty Pryde. With Wolverine out and about fighting against the Avengers, Kitty has taken over the role of really leading the school. She is both a leader and a teacher, struggling to keep things together and keep the young mutants in school under these very distressful circumstances. It's a great portrayal of her character as a leader and an example to all other young mutants.

The most important thing to come out of this issue, however, is the fact that the X-Men finally saw what Cyclops, Colossus and the other former X-Men who have been infected by the Phoenix force as having been manipulated and altered by their newfound power. This really comes to light in the scene where Kitty and Colossus are on a date, and when Colossus doesn't get his way he says that he can kill Kitty and bring her back if he wanted to -- that's how powerful he is. It's kind of a startling moment, and also a little bit sad; especially if you're a fan of Colossus and Kitty's romance. The issue progresses, however, and Kitty Pryde isn't the only one who takes notice of the fact that her friends have changed dramatically and that they are not who they used to be. I think this issue represents a shift in the Avengers Vs. X-Men story arc where readers will see the X-Men align with the Avengers and stop working against them. Think "the enemy of my enemy is my friend;" in this case, Cyclops and his Phoenix infected X-Men are the enemy of the Avengers, and in order to defeat them we may see the X-Men team up with the Avengers to achieve a common goal.

The Bad

Although we saw a lot of plot development in this issue (which is good) a lot of the dialogue and the scenes felt really forced. I also found it somewhat surprising that Kitty was so against Colossus, who she had professed her love for at one time. Regardless of where their relationship stands now, these two have a history. Kitty knows that he is not (and has not been) acting like himself lately, and she doesn't feel any kind of sympathy or affection for the man she loved (who is now gone). I thought that was a little bit out of character for her, especially considering the fact that she is such a seemingly compassionate character. This, instead, feels like it's all black and white. As though he's bad now and Kitty just sort of lets it roll off her back like it's no big deal. That was disappointing. In general, a lot of what happened here and the reactions and interactions of a lot of these characters felt a little bit forced and phoney and that was disappointing.

The Verdict

There was definitely something up with the tone and overall voice of this issue, which felt somewhat out of place; but there was definitely some good that did come out of it. I thought the art by Jorge Molina was good, although it was not my favorite. I thought Kitty looked a little bit strange in some of the panels. Overall, though, I enjoyed the art. I think the issue felt a little bit rushed and it just wasn't as good as previous issues; although I did really enjoy the fact that there was a lot of movement and push in this story. There's plenty of development here, I just wasn't a huge fan of the way it was written.

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deadmandelpeche

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Edited By deadmandelpeche

thought the plot was going into the usual power corrupts thing.can't wait for the next issue!!

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Edited By dernman

Waits for the X-cuses.

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@Dernman said:

Waits for the X-cuses.

hahahahaha I am anticipating the whole "don't blame me! i was possessed"

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Colossus can barley control cytorrak the PP cant be controlled by him without him going crazy.. out of all of them I think Cyke is better suited to control the force. but we will see

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I miss them together. I just wish the P5 would stop acting like maniacs.

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Meh, i'll be happy when all this Phoenix shizzle is over.

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I attributed Kitty's attitude to her being stressed out over all that is happening because she was trying to stay the course as the world implodes around her. I hope they work it our eventually.

Does anyone else think that Husk and Toad would make a hilarious couple if they were actually together instead of only in Toad's fantasy land? Speaking of Husk, I hope her story is the first one after AvX, it has been intriguing me since the series started.

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Edited By allthatsgeek

I shall be skipping this. This is usually one of my top pulls, but based on this review, no thanks. So Colossus goes from just wanting a little internal peace to "IM CRAZY ILL KILL YOU!"? It really seemed to me like Colossus was the most balanced of the P5, heck, he TALKED bad guys into providing free power!

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@Madame_Mist:

In that case, we should go back to the 90's and tell Dark Phoenix to stop being so psycho.

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@allthatsgeek: Did not the original pheonix do good deeds at first and then slowly go crazy? I feel like this is just good canon

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@allthatsgeek said:

I shall be skipping this. This is usually one of my top pulls, but based on this review, no thanks. So Colossus goes from just wanting a little internal peace to "IM CRAZY ILL KILL YOU!"? It really seemed to me like Colossus was the most balanced of the P5, heck, he TALKED bad guys into providing free power!

It is actually an improvement over the past two issues for what its worth. I'd recommend you check it out. You can read it on youtube right now.

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@Dman1366 said:

@allthatsgeek: Did not the original pheonix do good deeds at first and then slowly go crazy? I feel like this is just good canon

The first phoenix had to be manipulated and corrupted by the Hellfire Club, all of the P5 had darker personalities before they even had the force so it won't take much to push them over the edge esp since they feel they are absolutely right and should not be questioned

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I liked this issue thought it really good I also enjoyed Kitty attitude how she dealt with creepy Colossus seems growing power mad it was also great see that KittyXBobby still developing she seems be boss

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WATXM is my favourtie X-book, but yeah, this was weak.

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"we may see the X-Men team up with the Avengers to achieve a common goal."

I had this in my thoughts when AVX was first announced earlier this year. Every time there is a story of opposite contrast between people or teams they fight it out instead of talking it out. Then they realize how senseless fighting is then they team up and work together. It's very cliche but it works for a great story and action.

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I have to disagree - I loved this issue, because it mainly focused on how the AvX crap has been taking away form this title and shouldn't have anything to do with it. There are classes to be taught - class is back in session!!

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Edited By rawr

Wolverine gives me bile so I have pretty much only been reading this run for the AvX, Kitty and Rachel. Since AvX started I have enjoyed almost every issue of WatXM except for this one. It was a total dud for me.

I felt Rachel and Iceman's return wasn't fleshed out well enough as it could have been in lieu of spending time on breaking my heart with Colossus losing his brain matter yet again. That boy never seems to get it right.

I mean Iceman kind of just bails on Cyclops because he is too busy healing the world to have a chat? Arr? Rachel in earlier works had been depressed at being used as a Hound by her own father but seemed to be dealing with it and still eating Pax Utopia pie. So their "we were wrong! BAAACK!" moment felt a little... thin. JM2C.

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I love this issue. I have been on the X-men's side during this Avengers vs. X-men storyline. However, this side story told the readers how the phoenix power skewed the phoenix 5's characters and how crazy their god syndrome can be. A good balance to the A vs. X storyline.

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"she doesn't feel any kind of sympathy or affection for the man she loved"

ummmm, yeah, that's what ex-girlfriends do! if i had a nickle...

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I remember G-Man saying that Doop is actual speaking in this series, so I decided to work it out...

In the teacher's lounge he says:

"I don't know what to say. None of you can even understand what I am saying. Let's just move on."

Poor guy :)
Poor guy :)
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With Wolverine out and about fighting against the Avengers

While originally the wild card, he was never really on the X-Men's side. As the 'story' has developed, Logan's actually, technically, fighting against the X-Men and has been most of the while.