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“He was the only one who treated me like a person and not an Animal.”
Review for Uncanny X-Men (1981) 524-A

Comic Book by Marvel, Jul 2010

     
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May 11, 2010
TheDarkLantern

“He was the only one who treated me like a person and not an Animal.”

Nightcrawler is one of the those characters that has always been there. I remember being a little kid and watching Pryde of the X-Men and not fully understanding why Kitty was so scared of him. In my eye’s he never looked scary, he looked like a Fuzzy Elf. I guess seeing Illyana’s stuffed Nightcrawler in X-Men #303 really stuck with me.

I read X-Men as a child for Two Characters Storm and Nightcrawler, when Kurt left for Europe and then joined Excalibur I followed him and read Excalibur. I was so glad to see him return to the X-Men, being able to see my two favorite X-Men in the same book again was awesome.

Kurt is a character of so many layers, he’s was a priest, a circus performer, a swashbuckler, a pirate, a demon, a Hero, and a friend. In this issue and X-Force #26 you really get a feel for the kind of person Kurt was by the friends he left behind. The writing in this issue is amazing one of Matt Fractions best, with someone like him at the helm I’m sad but I know Kurt’s sacrifice will not be in vain. (even though he didn't write the actual issue he died in)

I felt the pain Wolverine felt, I felt the grief Storm felt, I felt the Anger Hank felt. One of the best and most powerful scene’s in this issue was the Scene with Beast, he left the team because of the direction Scoot has taken the X-Men. When you look at two people like Hank and Scott, they’ve been best friends for years there the first and second X-Men and for Hank to spit on Scott and give him the whole of the blame is powerful stuff.

The Eulogy was powerful, Scott’s acceptance and removal of guilt from Hope was good stuff. Wolverine’s realization that Kurt was his best friend was powerful, his statement was powerful “You Better be worth it.” That’s a lot to put on a kid, Kurt died and in his final breath said he believed In Hope. I believe in Marvel that his Death will mean something and won’t be forgotten or used as a mean's for a mini series in two years for his return.

As much as I would love for the X-Men to find him in Limbo with Magik, I want him to stay dead for a while at least. In an industry where the gates of heaven are more like escaladers it’s more powerful to see a strong character remain dead.

I want to give this a 5 out of 5 but as much as I loved the writing and as much as I love the Dodson’s art it didn’t work for an issue like this. The scene in particular where the team is looking on Kurt’s Body, someone say’s “Bring him Back” it looks like it’s coming from Dazzler, but i thinks it's Wolverine. The Art is a little to cartoony to be take serious as a death issue. With that I give this issue 4 out of 5.
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phalbachjr
Friday, May 21, 2010
I too loved Nightcrawler since he was the voice of faith and compasion of the team. I wish they chose someone less concequential, like Dazzler or Pixie. But again, dead never means dead at Marvel.
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