Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review: Mystique: Ultimate Collection (Mystique Ultimate Collection 1) by Brian K. Vaughan

Release Date: June 8, 2011
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Purchased
Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Mystique has used her powers to go against the X-Men in their battle for mutant-human coexistence for years, but in this complicated world, Mystique begins to find the battle lines are no longer so clear. In exchange for protection, Mystique reluctantly agrees to work for Charles Xavier. But instead of being invited to join the X-Men, Mystique is asked to participate in politically sensitive operations as a secret agent. Can this former mutant-rights terrorist be trusted?






Look what Mama found when she took the kids to the local shop for Free Comic Book Day!

So this is a few years old, but it's aged very well. From the slick art (that bumped it up half a star) to the timeless quality of the story line, this is one that I can see myself enjoying just as much in another 10 years.

US Homeland Security has finally managed to capture the mutant terrorist, Mystique. Seconds before she's about to get put down for good, Magneto crashes in and rescues her.
Except.
It's not really Magneto.
Charles Xavier needs someone for a few special assignments. Someone who is a master of espionage. Someone who can take care of themselves in highly dangerous situations. Someone he can disavow all knowledge of...if things go sideways.
Someone like Mystique.

And Mystique needs the Professor's help. He has a device that can mask her from the various (and numerous) agencies that are gunning for her. Besides, everything he wants her to do lines up with her own ideas about helping mutants.
Well, except for the part about not killing anyone...

This was so much fun to read! I've always liked Mystique (or at least the idea of her), but I've never really been able to slog through enough X-Titles to get a clear picture of who she was. This was an excellent way for me to get more  insight about her, without having to deal with all of those other pesky mutants.
Someday, I plan to acquaint myself properly with the X-Men. Really!
In order to do that, though, I'll probably have to seclude myself on an island for a few years.
I mean, seriously, do you know how much X-Shit there is out there?!
So, until that day, I'll settle for stuff like this.




2 comments:

fishgirl182 said...

I haven't heard of this collection. I love Brian K Vaughn though and will have to check it out.

ANNE HANNAH said...

I really like Vaughn too. This one is worth your time!

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