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Astonishing X-Men: Kitty Pryde - Shadow & Flame Paperback – February 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118169
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on March 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this surprisingly good, masterful solo miniseries, Kitty Pryde is given a chance to shine. Often in the past she's been pushed into the background, but this miniseries not only lets her show what she can do, it allows her to do so without another X-Man in sight.

When she receives word that Lockheed the Dragon's long lost love is in Japan and might be in trouble, Kitty and her dragon set off to the rescue. But, she's barely been in Japan for a few hours when she's buried in X-Files type conspiracies, ninjas who might just be trying to kill her, and a plot with more twists and turns than a wicked rollercoaster.

Too often, Kitty is `teamed up' with a more popular character, and other than a flash back sequence that takes all of one panel, that is not so here. The art is delicious. Paul Smith used to draw X-Men back in the 80's when Kitty was a young teen. He knows the character and here has transformed her into a wonderful young woman. The writing has just enough humor to make it fun without being campy, and enough twists and turns of plot to make you feel like reading the whole graphic in one setting.

A wonderful, delightful, all ages book that anyone can enjoy.

You can also read this with or without knowing X-Men continuity.

Highly recommended to everyone!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Hackenberg on May 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This story doesn't break any new ground for the character; however, it's easily the best solo Kitty Pryde story since probably Alan Davis' stint on Excalibur. The art by Paul Smith is excellent and comes off as both classic and modern but not in any way old fashioned (although some scenes in the last chapter came across unclear). If status quo changing events can't happen to X-Men outside of the parent title(s), then a solid adventure story staying true to the character's history and personality is as good as we can ask for -- that's what this story gives us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patt on August 14, 2008
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A lighthearted adventure about a girl and her pet dragon. A Japanese tale of anicent swords, ninja and fire breathing dragons with Kitty Pryde (X-Men's Shadow Cat) caught in the middle.

Shadow & Flame revolves around Kitty Pryde and pet dragon, Lockheed as they travel to Japan to recover a kidnapped dragon. The two are quickly entangled in a mystery involving a special government agency and a clan of ninja, as an old foe from Kitty Pryde's past returns.

While nothing groundbreaking, Shadow & Flame is a nice little tale of fun filled adventure. Writer, Akira Yoshida, weaves a well written story that offers up plenty of sword play, intrigue and excitement. Coupled by Paul Smith's nice looking interior artwork.

Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame, is perfect for any X-Men or die-hard Kitty Pryde fan. This book is worth checking out, especially if you can find it for under retail as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Paul Smith's version of Kitty Pryde since I first discovered comics with his first run on the X-Men, collected in From the Ashes. He is a consummate storyteller, as can been seen in not only his X-Men, but his DC work like The Golden Age.

So I was pretty excited to see him back in mutant-land with "Kitty Pryde - Shadow & Flame." Taking her back to Japan was also awesome, as that is where Paul Smith's art really shines, and teaming him with Japanese writer Akira Yoshida (Wolverine: Soultaker) assured that the series would be authentic.

The story follows Kitty as she gets a mysterious note from Japan, regarding Lockheed the Dragon's green dragon girlfriend (from the pages of Secret Wars). She heads off to see what is going on, and soon becomes embroiled in a plot involving ninjas (of course!) her old mentor Ogun (from Kitty Pryde and Wolverine) and the Silver Samurai.

This is old-school X-Men, back when adventures could be light and fun without all of the accompanying angst and sex and death. This is Kitty Pryde as I remember her, and it is a welcome return. The story was a lot of fun, and Paul Smith's Kitty Pryde is always fantastic. I was really impressed with the handling of Japan.
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