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SNEAK PEEK: Utopia #1

Get an early glimpse at the Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men crossover

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DARK
AVENGERS/
UNCANNY
X-MEN:
UTOPIA #1
cover by
Jae Lee

DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: UTOPIA #1 COVER BY: Jae Lee WRITER: Matt Fraction PENCILS: Simone Bianchi & Marc Silvestri INKS: Klaus Janson & Cam Smith COLORED BY: Frank D'Armata LETTERED BY: VC - Joe Caramagna THE STORY: The Dark Avengers take on the Uncanny X-Men! Kicking off the 6-part crossover event, rising star Matt Fraction (UNCANNY X-MEN, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN) is joined by X-artist supreme Marc Silvestri (X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX, CIVIL WAR: THE INITIATIVE ONE-SHOT) to bring you a story that shakes the foundations of the Marvel Universe. When mutant riots break out in San Francisco, Norman Osborn declares martial law and sends the Dark Avengers in to quell the riots and take down the X-Men. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Don't miss the first Avengers/X-Men crossover in over 15 years! Rated T …$3.99 IN STORES: June 24, 2009 Not a subscriber to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited yet? Join now! Check out the official Marvel Shop for your favorite Marvel Heroes! Download episodes of "X-Men: Evolution" and "Wolverine and the X-Men" now on iTunes!

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      8 comments
      AoANightcrawler
      AoANightcrawler

      Weird to hear complaints about silvestri's art I thought all the complaints would be about the random price hike on uncanny x-men for this crossover dispite the fact that the book has not changed and offers no additional material, only more people will be buying it. If I wasn't subscribed I know I'd just be trade waiting this one

      BlackSamurai
      BlackSamurai

      I hope no one read any dislike of Silvestri in what I was saying, 'cause I too like his art and would more likely buy [i] because[/i] of it, if anything. Although I am all about stories being quality, I cannot stand or condone poor art, and his certainly is not. I love his kinetic feel, motion and poses AND would take it over certain artists' limited reference drawings any day (c'mon, too many unfitting smiling/laughing/screaming faces, Mr. You-know-who-u-are, lol), I just recognize it for what it is though, but I'm happy for his signature art.As for Marvel Boy, I just recognize where they went wrong with the character to be that out of all the characters imitating/replacing actual heroes that still exist and operate, they mis-stepped - where he was the only one to get endorsement to carry on the hero's name by (the closest thing to the actual, but Skrull) Captain Marvel, was called Captain Marvel at the press conference, AND had a nice little grudging acceptance by Ms. Marvel when in her series she ended up with the feeling he wasn't actually a bad guy despite being on Osborn's team (nice little story connections potential they had that is probably going to be lost) - yet he gets no re-imagining to go from D-list to maybe B.I wouldn't even be surprised if (based only on cover, but possible as a consequence of being the 'good' guy in a team of killers, villains and psychopaths) he gets killed by one of them as collateral (sadly, but again only based on covers, the perpetrator would be the least villainous, but most dangerous when 'villainous,' Sentry - in Void form) right after Karla's throwaway comment to him about the team being all villains. Wouldn't be surprised at all, but I'd much prefer that it'd be the start of the internal aspect of one of the chosen on the team being part of the effort to take it down [spoiler] (Spidey not qualifying as such)[/spoiler] - heck, the now speculation heavy 'Target lost' screen on the promo Iron Patriot Acts could actually be Marvel Boy if he ends up hunted because of a falling out with the team in upcoming issues. Both that and/or his death might be an explanation for why he isn't seen in these previews;of course, these are but a few pages.

      theshock621
      theshock621

      I think Silvestri is a great artist and judging by the preview, this should be a great read...i have been looking forward to Utopia!In regards to Captain Marvel, I think he's a great character and I actually like him on the team...because he actually started off as a villain and even went up against the Young Avengers at one point. Now granted, he's not the all-powerful Cosmic hero we all know and respect, but to me, he has a great likability and a new and different character in the Marvel U.

      Fargbollen
      Fargbollen

      To me this is true art, how he can make a drawing come alive, have momentum and character from as few pen strokes as possible. Zen in comics you know, and it makes for a fresh, stylish and artistic look.Perhaps it's an acquired taste and certainly there will be some that have other preferences. But I for one pick up books [i] because[/i] Silvestri draws them. And looking at his career over the last decade or two, from drawing X-men to starting a rather sucessful competitor brand to marvel (a lot of it because of his ideas, creations and art), to coming back to draw for them again at least from time to time. It isn't just what I want to see, it's what a great many comic fans want.

      BlackSamurai
      BlackSamurai

      You do have a good argument for him being redundant alongside Ares and Sentry (but then again, if Sentry wasn't a schizoid maybe everyone becomes redundant, including Ares, since so far he's only been portrayed as a super-strong/durable axe wielder: I'd hoped some aspect of being in or around battle would shown to be amping up his power or some extra ability, like his presence amping up partners' warrior fervor - otherwise, where is the part that makes him the Greek god of war?) and I think he suffered the most character-wise from not being refitted in a (classic) Captain Marvel look. If they had, there would have been more audience attention on how he is carrying on or desecrating the Mar-Vell legacy... to readers he's just Marvel Boy alongside vicious and interesting pretenders. It doesn't help either that his cool inner-thought fighting simulation hasn't been seen since joining or that those that know of the character will forever be thinking 'cockroach.'I enjoy Silvestri art though, although I always am aware that it is beautiful but not [i] ultra[/i] -beautiful/crisp/realistic. It also shows less intricacy nowadays compared to his beginning Cyber-Force art (which also devolved to a sketchier quicker look and is not very emotive), but, it is distinctive, clear and action dramatic so it fits the mood of this series quite well. (I'm also hoping that the 'quicker-sketchy' feel it has of late is specifically because it [i] is[/i] quick, so this book gets no delays)

      johnnysword
      johnnysword

      I wouldn't say Silvestri is my favourite artist but he's definitely got talent! He's a great artist but his style is very unique and fast so I can see how some people wouldn't like it. But I think if you buy the book, you'll not only get used to his style but learn to enjoy it.It's nice to see the new Captain Marvel missing from these pages. He's the only Dark Avenger I don't like and I hope this means he's off the team by the time Utopia starts. Captain Marvel was so redundant when you have Ares and the Sentry on the team.

      anotherdeadhero74
      anotherdeadhero74

      I think the art panels look beautiful. Silvestri does an excellant job on everything he does. Obviously somebody likes his work or he wouldn't continue getting jobs on the X-Men books! If you don't like him don't buy the book. Nuff said!

      harlequin7
      harlequin7

      why does Marc Silvestri have to draw all the big X-events? Ok maybe not all but so much more than he should. I will probably pick this up because the story sounds good but Silvestri makes me almost not. Lame but true.