Why did I get it: I couldn’t resist reading a graphic novel about Steve Rogers and the X-men.
How I would rate it: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
A group of X-MEN find themselves stuck in the Negative Zone and held hostage by Blastaar. Steve Rogers does his level best to free them, but when someone much more dangerous starts to destroy everything in sight, they all find themselves in much more danger than they expected! In the spirit of X-MEN ASGARDIAN WARS, these ANNUALS will be inspiring comic creators for years to come!
Review: I don’t know what I was expecting exactly, but even though I highly doubted this stand-alone graphic novel was going to inspire anyone for years to come, I still wound up severely disappointed. The fact that this mini-series was from three separate annuals for three separate series by three separate authors should have been a clue as to what I was getting myself into, but to be honest most of the Marvel graphic novels I’ve picked up recently have been really, really good. In the case of this title, although the story itself wasn’t horrible, it was very disjointed. And the artwork was not that great in two out of three installments.
There were some good moments, of course. I enjoyed the one or two lines in regards to Namor and Steve Rogers’ friendship, Emma Frost being Emma, Steve being Steve, and Namor alternating between being Namor and insane due to dehydration. However, that was largely overshadowed by Namor being sort of a minor character in his own annual, Dr. Nemesis being mostly unnecessary, Scott being Scott, and Hope Summers being more annoying than Scott and Jean combined. Somehow she was trained by Nathan Summers aka Cable and is a special ball of specialness? I don’t really know. Maybe I would care more if I had read more about her before this graphic novel, but after reading it, I literally have zero — or quite possibly negative four– desire to read anything about Hope ever again including her origin story.
In conclusion, not as good as it could have been. I did enjoy a handful of lines, fight scenes, the crossover concept, and the art from the Steve Rogers: Super Soldier Annual #1, but that’s about it.