What a missed opportunity, all to fight some generic would-be terrorists.
In lieu of an actual “Juggernaut” collection, we’re gonna look at each part of this interesting transformation individually! 🙂
It was going to happen eventually: a comic was going to break me. I didn’t think we’d ever get to a point where they would be made to fill a list, but here we are: all of them X-Men this time around. What happened here? They won’t be making movies of these. No matter what Brian Singer or Hugh Jackman does, you can’t make silver-screen gold out of these clunkers. In any universe as broad as Marvel with as many X-Titles as there were every month there were bound to be a few strays in the mix… but when X-Men goes bad, it really goes bad.
The plot of the series revolves around Franklin, while the story revolves around Howard (even teasing a final return to Duckworld at one point). Splitting the plot and narrative between the two characters is a genius, masterful stroke by DeMatteis because it prevents either character from overwhelming the story and becoming too much of a “Mary Sue.”
Maverick spun out of Wolverine-centric X-Men stories and was essentially a mercenary with ties to Wolverine’s past in general and Weapon X in specific. If that sounds familiar, it should: it could also describe Deadpool. In fact, the Maverick ongoing series started around the same time as the Deadpool ongoing series did.
It starts out okay, but all the plots just get dragged out far, far too long and become boring and stagnate. I found myself skipping or skimming pages.
Let it never be said that lowered expectations were never a good thing, because Total X-Tinction may go down as one of my favorite comics I’ve read as of yet in 2015 and is definitely my favorite Punisher comic thus far.