Book #47 (2/16/13): Decemation: Son of M, by David Hine. Art by Roy Allan Martinez. 144 pages.
I have a weakness for the entire Maximoff/Magneto family. I love Magneto, I love Wanda, I love Pietro. This book appeared on my shelf the day Zack brought Ex Machina home, so I assume he had an interest in reading. ME FIRST!
Son of M follows the fallout of House of M. Wanda has stripped all but a handful of mutants of their power, including her twin brother Pietro. He’s trying to deal with the grief of being human, while having half the powered world hate him. There’s particularly painful scene where Spider-Man lashes out because he is stuck grieving for a family that never existed, and there’s no way to explain this to MJ without hurting her. At the end of this scene Pietro has a full blown breakdown that leads to him ending up with his wife and daughter in Attilan, the home of the Inhumans. Pietro is desperate to regain his powers, and starts a foolish quest to fix himself, and return powers to the rest of the mutants he harmed. It’s a pretty damn depressing book, watching him spiral out of control, and how lost he is without his speed. His love for his daughter is obvious, but he makes horrible decisions on the belief that the Inhumans are lying to him and his child. The resulting insanity on Earth leads to a ‘cold war’ between the Inhumans and the US, which I assume is covered in Silent War, the next book I gotta dig up.
Martinez’s art is beautiful, particularly the detail put into Medusa’s garments and the Attilan scenery. His illustration of Quicksilver’s reaction to the Terrigen Mists is mildly horrifying (as was the point I’m sure), and Luna is wonderfully done.