Thursday, March 02, 2006

In passing...X-Factor and Nextwave

Nextwave #2 - Warren Ellis' romp of D-List characters continues as the first story arc concludes. While not as laugh-out-loud funny as the first issue, the story continues to delight and shows no signs of slowing down. Elsa Bloodstone is easily my favorite character of the bunch, being the bitch that nobody else on the team really likes, and English at that. The Captain's kind of a non-character at this point, but the other's are all likeable in their own ways after a mere two issues of fast-paced action. 9.1/10

X-Factor #4 - This is kind of a clean-up issue that brings recent events in the book to a close: the assassin that confronted Layla Miller, the riot in Mutant Town, the client who supposedly murdered her own sister. It's a pretty Monet-focused story as she witnesses all of the events on her way from X-Factor HQ to the police station where Madrox is waiting for her. It's probably the weakest of the issues to date, but it still manages to hold onto the atmosphere and compelling story that's made it such a treat to read every month. And it still has a few very cool moments, including a shocking, out of left field, conclusion. 8.5/10

Prose novel I'm currently reading: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

In my Netflix queue (which has been tapered down to two movies at a time):
- Bear Cub
- The Company of Wolves

Last Buffy, the Vampire Slayer episode I watched in my seven season marathon: "The Yoko Factor" (season four)

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