Wednesday, March 9, 2011

5 Ronin #1

Conceived by Marvel Comics as an attempt to re-imagine five X-Men characters as ronin in fuedal Japan this first issue has an interesting set-up, but it's a little light on delivery.

Issue #1 gives us the tale of the ronin who can't die (who also looks suspiciously like Wolverine underneath those samuari robes) seeking first understanding to a bizare series of events (much like the reader) surrounding the death of a lookalike and then revenge for the murder of his lord. The following issues will each re-imagine another X-Men character (Pyslocke, Punisher, Hulk and Deadpool), each after some form of vengeance for a past wrong.

More of a curiosity than anything else, this first issue is really nothing more than a mediocre What If...? story. It's not bad, the tale simply doesn't engage the reader and there's nothing here to make someone like me come back for four straight weeks to see if the other X-Men characters fare any better. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $2.99]

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