Marauders #23 by Gerry Duggan

Marauders #23Marauders #23 by Gerry Duggan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, it’s good to see Banshee again and that someone remembered how close he and Emma are! It’s also good to see Jumbo Carnation in action and Tempo makes a very welcome return too.

Marauders has definitely had its ups and downs, however, and this issue definitely ranks among the downs. This is mainly due to the art, which isn’t awful, but definitely isn’t up to the standard set by the rest of the X-line. Fiorelli seems to be an inexperienced artist from Italy with a very cartoony style which doesn’t really fit the tone of this book…particularly the part where the Cuckoos take Wilhelmina Kensington t confront her abusive father. What could have been a very powerful scene if illustrated by an artist with a very different style, just felt very off here. It’s not Fiorelli’s fault. On a different book he’d be great, but his style just doesn’t work here. Phil Noto is taking over for the next two issues and then Matteo Lolli’s back, so at least we know this is just a temporary blip. Fiorelli will be drawing the Star wars: Life Day comic which is out in November, and I expect his art will be a much better fit there.

There’s also an extract from a romance novel written by Pyro, which is…odd.

All in all this is okay, but it’s not up to the level of quality we’ve come to expect from the current X-books.

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