Daron "The Colonel" Jensen reviews Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men Utopia #1
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Utopia opens with Trask’s Humanity Now! marching on
Mutants have long been a metaphor for minorities in the Marvel Universe, and the mutant minority dealing with bigots is the heart of this story. But instead of it being relegated to the X-side of the Marvel Universe, the Avengers are brought in which is a natural fit. There are reasons for both sides to be here which is nice to see. If you’re not familiar with any of the characters there are handy intro captions for the important players, so no one is left in the dark. This issue is written by Matt Fraction, who’s also currently writing Uncanny X-Men & Iron Man, so he’s familiar with the team and Norman Osborn(who’s been appearing in Iron Man the last few months), and it’s drawn by Marc Silvestri, returning again to the X-Men. From here the story continues in Uncanny 513-514(by Fraction) & Dark Avengers 7-8(by Bendis), and wraps up in EXODUS.
A good set up to the crossover with a very nice twist at the end means I’m looking forward to the rest of this story. If you like either the Dark Avengers or the Uncanny X-Men, or if you’re looking for an exciting story that advances both books and the larger Marvel Universe, than this should be right up your alley. It’s Good Stuff!
-Daron “The Colonel” Jensen