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X-men: Misfits 1 Paperback – August 11, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
X-Men is renowned for being one of the most girl-friendly super hero comics franchises, so a shojo (girl's) manga re-boot of the series is not that far-fetched. The conceit of seeing the X-Men redrawn as supercute boys, or in the case of Beast, redrawn as an adorable human-size badgerlike thing, works without a hitch. 15-year-old Kitty Pryde, who has the mutant ability to slip through walls, enrolls in Xaviar Academy, where she meets classic X-men characters, most still in their teen years. By some unexplained twist of fate that could only happen in shojo, Pryde is the only female student (Storm is a teacher). This makes the formerly insecure girl very popular with her peers, so much so that she is asked to join the Hellfire Club, which is hilariously reimagined as a parody of Ouran High School Host Club rather than a sinister organization of wealthy elites. Telgemeier and Roman deliver a delightful script that will appeal to old fans while being friendly toward new readers or fans of the X-Men films. The art by Anzu (TheReformed) is over-the-top shojo parody, with lots of screentone and flowers. (Aug.)
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Plus about it- I really liked the story
Negative about it- The ending was kind of confusing and had to be reread a couple of times to understand what was going on because it was hard to look at. And its hard to find where the so-called second volume lays in wait.
All in all I would say its a good book.
Quality of the book- I ordered a book that was in 'okay/used' condition and the book is completely decent, it looks as if it has been on a shelf with another book that slightly pressed into the cover, all of the images are still beautiful with the exception of one tiny yellow spot in the middle of the book. I would say overall the purchase of the book was worth it.
I knew from the recent Wolverine manga that it would be a reimagining, so I wanted to go into it and not dwell too much on thoughts like, "He wouldn't act like this!" or "This is so wrong!" But I didn't even have those thoughts when I read this one! It was remarkable how most of the characters seemed true to their mainstream selves to a point; the changes that were evident were still really interesting and not too out of left field. (I'm a bit worried that one classic couple won't end up together due to an age difference [?], but they're not together in the comics anymore, either. And then there's Kitty and her classic comic love... Not happening here! My jaw kind of dropped when I saw him in his new form...)
The art was beautiful, unlike a lot of OEL manga I've read. (Which usually have great stories but the manga art seems a little "off.") And the art inside matched the gorgeous cover!
Shojo fans who don't even know about the X-Men will like this and I think X-Men fans who are willing to read it with an open mind may like it, too. Like one of the authors said his sister kind of said, X-Men has always been full of "bishounen" to me--'bout time someone treated the story that way!
I can't wait for the next volume! I want to see what other X-Men are joining the school.
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