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X-Men: Misfits Volume 1

September 21, 2009

It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any American superhero comics with any regularity, so when I picked up X-Men: Misfits, I was quite skeptical, even if it was a tale of American superheros remixed into a new story in manga format.

Originally reviewed by Dan Polley
Xmen Misfits 1Written by Rainer Telgemeier; Art by Dave Roman
Publisher: Dey Rey Manga
Age Rating: Teen (13+)
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Action
Price: $12.99

But, quite simply, it was really good.

The story centers around Kitty Pryde, who feels like a loner now that she has discovered she has mutant powers, unlike everyone around her, including her family and classmates at school. One day she comes home and her parents are talking to someone about an educational opportunity for her. Her parents tell her that they have noticed her “quirks,” and so she ends up in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

Once she arrives at the school, she is awed by the beauty of it — and of all the male students. (So many of them!) And she is keenly aware that all of the other gifted students around her have better control of their powers. And when she arrives at her room, she learns that she is the only female student there.

The conflict really begins to pick up once Kitty starts to feel a bit more comfortable in the school. But she ends up becoming friends with an interesting group of students, and that decision influences a lot of the action.

She sees how the group bend the rules of the school to suit their wishes, and she follows along. In the process, she finds herself in the middle of  a couple of guys she admires.

On a trip to New York, her friends find a group of citizens who are protesting against mutants. Her friends decide to use their powers to show the group up, but some of the other students from the school step in to protect them. Kitty is stuck in the middle between her friends and what she feels is right.

The action is set up well and provides for quite the inner struggle on Kitty’s part. And the characters are great, amazing even. The conflict is such that not only could it be far-reaching, but also it could be dramatic in the story to come.

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