The rise of the X-Ential! And the full identity of Major X himself! Major X #5 is full of reveals and twists that by the end will leave your head spinning and utterly baffled as to what you just read.
Yes, I’ll admit it, I hate reading this series at this point. But even with a general dislike, I want to see where creator, and writer, Rob Liefeld will take each issue.
There are some great concepts here but the narrative at times is baffling, full of holes, and with plotting that’ll leave you wondering if you missed something. It’s borderline incoherent at times.
And really, none of the above really matters as fans of Liefeld, and the series will buy it anyways no matter the reviews. It’s pretty bulletproof like that (and there’s nothing wrong with it).
Major X, M’Koy, and X-Ential have lept through time to Genosha. In the wasteland of the nation, much is revealed, but not explained, about X-Ential and we meet a new character Aura. Nothing is explained about Aura. We just go with it. We get new age dialogue and we’re expected to roll with it as well. Aura somehow knows Major is “Major” but this should be the first time meeting. Then there’s a random battle and a reveal at the end which will get folks talking. I’m not even going to dive into the scene in Atlantis which feels like it belongs in an entirely different issue.
It’s all… bad. Really bad. In a more skilled writer’s hands what’s presented could work but as is it feels like a bunch of ideas on notes cards laid out on a table.
The art by Brent Peeples doesn’t help. With ink by Adelso Corona, color by Romulo Fajardo, Jr. and lettering by Joe Sabino, the art style and character designs are inconsistent. A prime example of this is in the depiction of Aura. At times the character looks like an adult. At other times she looks like a teenager. And at other times Aura looks like Sloth in The Goonies.
Major X #5 and the series as a whole feels like a throwback to the 1990s except this takes the excessively bad aspects of this period to the extreme. Choppy storytelling. Bad art. The comic features interesting concepts that aren’t explored or fleshed out enough.
At this point, I’m not even sure my 13-year-old self would have enjoyed this series.
Story: Rob Liefeld Art: Brent Peeples
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 4.0 Art: 6.5 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass
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