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X-Men: X-Cutioner's Song Hardcover – October 19, 2011
The Battle of the Vegetables
Leeks who believe a cow is one of Santa’s reindeer, carrots who accept an invitation to a party given by rabbits, and a leek and carrot couple whose romance precipitates total vegetable warfare are the hapless protagonists in these satiric, snarky stories. Hardcover
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Stryfe is the major villain of the story, but Mr. Sinister and Apocalypse play major roles as well, thus the trifecta of all-power mutant villains allude to the frightening fact that some relationship exists between all three. The story kicks off with the dramatic assassination (attempt) of Professor Xavier by Cable, the rogue leader of what should have been the second generation of X-Men (the New Mutants, now X-Force), and the Horsemen of Apocalypse kidnap Cyclops and Jean Grey. The government mutant squad of X-Factor (the "all new, all different" line up) showed their mettle in battle by hunting down X-Force as their first effort to bring Cable to justice, proving that they were not simply cast-off X-Men.
While the majority of X-Men/X-Factor were busy bringing the rogue "second generation X-Men" of X-Force to heel (as a smaller force hunts down the Horsemen), Bishop remained to guard a dying Xavier. Mr. Sinister took the opportunity to waltz into the X-Mansion and drop the hint that a mostly unknown mutant terrorist Stryfe might have quite a lot to do with the hit on Xavier.Read more ›
This crossover was basically an excuse to cram as many characters as possible into one storyline and that results in a lot of confusions. Also, it detracts from the believability of the Stryfe character and also makes his motivations somewhat unclear. He's out for vengeance against Apocalypse (who had injected him with the virus as a child), Cable (whom he sees as his inferior clone), and his parents Cyclops and Jean Grey (for abandoning him). But what's his ultimate vengeance? And the X-teams' method of finally locating him is pretty ludicrous, the story getting a little too busy with sending its heroes here and there that for two or three issues worth, the X-teams just seem to be wandering here and there fighting everybody. The most focused storylines are that of Wolverine and Bishop, who encounter Cable, the falsely accused assassin, and Beast, desperately trying to save Xavier and finally succeeds only because of Apocalypse's help.
It's still fun, of course, to watch Bishop and Wolverine duke it out with Cable, and X-Factor rounding up X-Force with the help of the X-Men. But these are weakened by some really weak scenes like Apocalypse's fight with Stryfe (no power, no excitement, with huge lapses in logic) and some embarrassing dialogue at points (Jean Grey's lovey-dovey conversations with Cyclops during their attempted escape from the moonbase are just awful writing).
The most valuable thing to me about the X-ecutioner's Song series is a comparison of the different visual styles of the three series.Read more ›
How about totally convoluted storylines that even the most die-hard comic book fan can barely navigate? Did I mention time travelling evil clones??
If so, then THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!!
All the other reviewers have summed up the key plot points of this book (Cable/Stryfe's origin, attempted assination of Professor X, etc) so I won't rehash it again. If you're looking for a good old fashioned 1990s X-Men crossover, then this is for you.
It's a shame that so many of the other X-Men crossover classics from the late 1980s & 1990s are now out of print. We could do with new printings of X-Tinction Agenda, Operation: Zero Tolerance, Inferno, Fatal Attractions, Fall of the Mutants, etc.
Get this one while it's still available, because it doesn't tie in to any current continuity of the X-Men, their current roster, or much of anything going on today (not that that's a bad thing). When it's gone it'll be gone just like the rest of the previously mentioned books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you read the X-men at all then this needs to be in your collection for sure. Sets the jumping off for so many stories in the 90's.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great storyline, any time the X-teams crossover its a good read. I actually have a couple of these in hard copy with the custom bags and trading cards, but nice to read in... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike
Professor Charles Xavier makes an appearance at a concert in Central Park hosted by the mutant teleporter Lila Cheney. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Luquillo
Love it!!!! A fan must!!! Great character development in this one and a classic among many!!! I highly recommend this for any x-men collector!!!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well I axedently bought this so I wasn't happy. But when I read it I thought it was interesting. But I do like apocalypse so that made up for it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hunter Davila
So enjoying this book. Would highly recommend it to someone interested in Stryfe. Book did have scratch on back, otherwise very happy.Published 15 months ago by Alison Lewis
The storyline is a basic 90s explosions, guns, and fist fights comic plot dressed up as a whodunnit. Art is great! Storyline is not, BUT this story is vital to the Xmen mythos. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lou Chiodo