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X-Men Chaos Engine 2 - Magneto
on January 8, 2002
First just a note on bad advertising, unlike the last book (Chaos 1 - Dr Doom) where the character appearances were fairly balanced, this book is not balanced at all. Rogue and Logan appear on the cover and are hardly in the book. Logan of course more than Rogue.
For those who like the first book of this trilogy (which I would have given it 4 stars or better), I'm very underwhelmed with this next installment. First, it's nearly all Magneto (which is the good part), Xavier (ok), Psylocke mooning and crying over Warren and being the only one not affected though we don't know why she gets to be this heroine over everyone else (as Sophia noted in her review of the first book, Betsy and Warren were not that interesting to begin with in this story, and they become actually overkill here) and too much of the cosmic players (Roma, etc.). Also unlike the last issue with Storm, it totally blows by how the X-Men stuck in Magneto's new world are generally affected and feel about this and they don't even get to do anything to help or figure it out themselves as Betsy got to. They are pretty much just there except in the most shallow of ways though it does a little more with Jean, Scott, and Logan than Rogue and Kurt. The latter two might as well not be in the story. For anyone who read the first one and wonders about Gambit, he like Warren is not only in the same situation from the first one but unlike Warren who gets to come back in his way, Remy doesn't and no one seems to care, especially Betsy and Xavier who go on and on about Warren since they are the ones who know what's going on. I think Gambit's mentioned twice in an almost off-handed way. Unlike the last book, I found little to care about in this story but Magneto regaining what he lost. The Magneto characterization is very good, Xavier ok but in general I found the the rest terribly lacking. Unless you just need to keep up, like Magneto when done well (which was the only thing that kept me reading), or are a huge Betsy/Warren fan, I could almost say skip this middle book and hope the last one is as good as the first and not more of this.