Posts Tagged ‘X-Treme X-Men’

X-Termination #2X-Termination #2, or Conclusion, caps out the end of two short run titles: X-Treme X-Men and Age of Apocalypse. It is also sucks.

Seriously, the only characters who escape ‘unscathed’ are the Astonishing X-Men crew which was the only title that didn’t get cancelled. Everyone else, because their titles were cancelled, seemed to be free game for the slaughter. Pretty much everyone from AoA is killed off and half the X-Treme team was already killed off as well.

Even the budding romance between Blaire and Alt-Cyclops is also ignored and dropped, which is annoying to no end. I thought they made a good couple, or at least one with lots of potential…

The only thing good that can be said about this cross-over is that it does live up to its name ‘X-Termination’ because pretty much everything is terminated, permanently.

Big fail of an ending there, Marvel, you basically just crap on all the people who actually did spend money on these titles. I know we weren’t many, but seriously? I shake my head at you…

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X-Treme X-Men #13X-Termination – Part Four. Seriously, why all the lack of love for Kurt? Poor boy just can’t catch a break…

Now, this is the final issue of X-Treme X-Men… though it’s not really over because the story continues into Astonishing X-Men and the final X-Termination issue… so… yeah… annoying. If you weren’t reading the other stuff then this is totally a crappy cliff-hanger-ish of an ending. Even if you are, there is no guarantee that those final two books, which aren’t written by Pak are going to really give an ending to these characters as they deserve… especially since it will have to deal with an ensemble cast.

What a crap way to leave us off… but at least the storyline will be ended… but it’s still crap.

Would I still recommend picking up the collection if you haven’t been reading it? Yeah, the books in the middle are very high quality and I love how they are done… I will definitely be on the look out for more of Pak’s work in the future.

And still a better ending than LOST…

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X-Treme X-Men #12Dazzler would make a horrible villain, but we’re okay with that.

The Multi-Verse is in danger and Dazzler wants to save everyone but as Xavier tells her, not in so many words, you can’t save everyone. This is an old moralistic dilemma. Let one world die in order to save millions. Dazzler would have tried to save that one world at risk of the others but Xavier didn’t give her the option.

But the evil Xavier’s have been dealt with, done in Indian Jones style ala the power they were craving kinda evaporated them… so all that’s left is to undo the damage that was done. I imagine this is what the X-Termination plot arc is all about.

I really hope these characters are given a decent ending, I know it’s only been a dozen issues but darn it, I like them!

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X-Treme X-Men #10That moment when the comics and fan-fiction collide.

Not only does Kurt ‘bamf’ off someone’s clothes (how many times have we seen that and variations thereof in fan-fic) but there is literally a scene that echoes something Chellerbelles and I wrote for the Gym Class Heroes series.

I know, I know, total coincidence, but still…

On to this issue of X-Treme X-Men, the gang, after a little relaxation and ‘getting to know you time’ face another in the increasingly questionable moral dilemma’s that the writer has been putting them through. This time it’s a Nazi Xavier and a genocidal Namor. This issue ends on a fairly good cliffhanger, no one is really sure who is the good guy in all this (if there even is one) but innocents are innocents as far as Dazzler is concerned.

The title is coming to a close, only three issues left before the end… I’m really sorry to see it go… makes it hard to read these last few…

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X-Treme X-Men #9

X-Treme X-Men #9

On the tail of learning that X-Treme X-Men has been cancelled, issue number 9 was released. I have to admit, I took my time getting to it because I’ve enjoyed X-Treme’s run so much and didn’t really want it to be over so soon.

I did break down and read issue 9 and, amazingly, I was kinda disappointed. For the first time since issue 3, there was a drop in the quality of the storytelling. It wasn’t a bad issue, just, well, kinda basic and predictable.

Nothing very special about Dazzler surviving her stabbing. Nothing too off-kilter about the current world. Then the alt-Dazzler storyline is neatly wrapped up and she’s out of the picture.

Considering some of the stuff that has happened in these comics and how they have been defying convention, I just expected more. This wouldn’t have been enough to make me consider dropping the title (if it wasn’t already cancelled), but I really do hope this was just a dip and that the title will go out with a bang.

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Gambit #11 Artwork

Gambit #11 Artwork

Is Gambit in Serious Danger of Being Cancelled Very Soon?

After hearing that X-Treme X-Men was cancelled due to sales below 20K, I got to thinking about some of the other titles I read and if they were in any danger of being cancelled themselves. The most important one would be Gambit’s solo series. Here is his sales figures courtesy of ICV2.

Gambit #1 – 40,418
Gambit #2 – 32,336
Gambit #3 – 28,530
Gambit #4 – 27,828
Gambit #5 – 26,723
Gambit #6 – 25,522
Gambit #7 – 23,978

January numbers are not available yet, obviously.

Notice the steady decline? While there hasn’t been any massively huge drops since the 8k drop between 1 & 2, a 1k to 2k drop every issue is nothing to ignore and I’m sure Marvel are looking at those numbers very closely.

Let us compare gambit’s numbers to the Hawkeye solo series which was launched at about the same time and has been ‘critically acclaimed’.

Hawkeye #1 – 41,9256,394
Hawkeye #2 – 33,563
Hawkeye #3 – 35,403
Hawkeye #4 – 34,208
Hawkeye #5 – 34,385
Hawkeye #6 – 33,440

Hawkeye did have a more massive 14k drop from the first issue but unlike Gambit it has remained steady around 34k in readership. And, of course, Hawkeye did get a boost from the current Avengers movie making him better known to the more recent generation of comic book readers.

Now let’s look at the cancelled X-Treme X-Men title which was also launched about the same time.

X-Treme X-Men #1 – 36,802
X-Treme X-Men #2 – 25,689
X-Treme X-Men #3 – 24,490
X-Treme X-Men #4 – 22,584
X-Treme X-Men #5 – 19,841
X-Treme X-Men #6 – 17,947
X-Treme X-Men #7 – 17,602
X-Treme X-Men #7.1 – 16,682
X-Treme X-Men #8 – 16,536

It didn’t launch nearly as high as Gambit or Hawkeye, but after a 11k drop it also did the steady 1k to 2k drop every issue.

Seeing that Gambit has been slowly declining as X-Treme did is not good. He keeps on this slide and he’ll be below the 20k mark before April when Rogue is set to appear. But this also begs the question: how much will Rogue and the Rogue/Gambit shippers boost the sales? A lot of Romy fans are already reading Gambit anyway because they like Gambit on his own (though I do wonder how many were turned off by the lack of Romy or the Joelle character).

Even if the April Gambit issues jump in sales due to Romy, would it be too late to save Gambit if he drops below 20k in Feb/Mar? How far and how long does the drop have to go? X-Termination, which is the arc that ends X-Treme X-Men, was announced in back in November. X-Treme had already dropped to 19,841 in October.  The question is wether they decided to end X-Treme then or when they got November’s totals? Note: Age of Apocalypse #9, the other cancelled title, did 20,630 in November, and Astonishing X-Men, the only X-Termination crossover that survived, did 27,583.

Granted, if they decided to cancel Gambit in March they would still have to finish out the issues in the works which, since we get them three months in advance, could add a buffer. If they see Gambit spike due to Romy, they would have time to call off any cancellation. It’s also possible they might wait to see what Rogue does for sales.

Gambit has had its best issue yet with what a lot of fans have come to want to see from Gambit, also, news only recently struck that yes, Rogue will be here in April for at least two issues. How did this effect January sales? How will it affect February?

I don’t pretend to be an expert, this whole industry is rather new to me actually, but the numbers don’t lie. If Gambit doesn’t see an increase, or at least a plateau of sales, then he’s going to be gone before the title is even legal to drive.

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X-Treme X-Men Finale Artwork

X-Treme X-Men Finale Artwork

X-Treme X-Men Cancelled

Sucks.

I’ve already commented in my reviews how much I really enjoy the clever writing in this series. It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s everything you want in a comic. So why did it fall below the 20k mark in sales which CBR says lead to it being cancelled?

I’m going to blame the fact that everyone thought it was “a Dazzler title”.

Dazzler leads the team but she doesn’t hog the issues. Logan, Kurt, Sage… all these characters have their share of the lime-light and they all bring something great to the scene. The worlds Pak created had a wonderful sense of depth even if they weren’t necessarily explored. The stories were timely, thoughtful, but not overbearing or on the nose.

I’d jump and whine and complain but I know that won’t do any good.

So while I’m really annoyed as this was one of my favorite titles on my current pull list, at least it does look like it will go out with a bang. I’ve also been introduced to the wonderful writing of Greg Pak, will definitely be on the look out for him in the future.

Goodbye X-Treme X-Men, you join the group of wonderful things ended before their time…

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