Sunday, January 31, 2016

Reader's Diary #1254- Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman (Writers) and Anzu (Artist): X-Men Misfits 1

It struck me as bizarre to see a manga version of a Marvel comic, let alone one written by Raina Telgemeier, better known her Drama and Sisters books than for writing superhero tales.

Just a casual fan of X-Men, I thought it worked surprisingly well. If I've been complaining ad nauseam for some time about all superhero comics looking the same, surely a manga version looks nothing like that. That said, Anzu's art does look typical of all shojo manga. So there are moments when characters are acting ridiculous or juvenile and they're suddenly drawn as kawaii animal or child versions of themselves. That's something I'm not sure if I'll ever get 100% used to, but the book is in the North American right to left format, so at least I didn't have that to struggle with as well.

Plus Telgemeier and Roman's storytelling is strong. Largely it's a fish out of water tale as Kitty Pryde finds herself to be the only female student at Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters. Especially not being overly familiar with that character, I enjoyed this angle quite a bit. Handled less well is the love story angle. I'm not, for the record, opposed to love story plots in superhero comics, but my bigger issue with the one here is the dangerous game it plays with themes of emotionally abuse and possessive males. They pop up here or there but never quite given the attention they perhaps need  once that light is shone. Perhaps in later volumes (had there been any) they would have been explored further and with more depth. But even with those themes, the love story wasn't as interesting as the outcast amongst outcasts angle.

Interesting overall though and a nice experiment.

1 comment:

Nicola Mansfield said...

Telgemeier & Roman wrote a manga X-men book?! This I gotta see. :-0