|Posted: 10 August 2019 at 6:59pm | IP Logged | 11
I suppose any evaluation can only be subjective and absolutely preliminary, because this particular run of comics has barely started, but I'll be honest...I am liking this idea in practice, despite acknowledging there can be a few valid criticisms on paper.
In my opinion...outside of the whole reincarnation angle and the memories of her past lives, the fact is that Moira still remains a regular human being in every other known sense.
Sure, she gets to try multiple approaches and influence certain events in a way that nobody else could, but Moira hasn't been able to magically defeat everyone, nor end any of the overarching human vs. mutant conflicts as of yet. Things aren't looking quite as easy to solve as she might think and this should be her last (or penultimate) life. That's where the challenge, so to speak, can be found.
For context...I had not been regularly reading the modern X-Men comics. In fact, it's been multiple years since Marvel last got me to buy anything on a monthly basis. However, this current run has started in a very interesting way that is keeping my attention thus far. I think it's an improvement. Anecdotally, it does seem like Marvel and Hickman are getting many people to come back and try to care about the mutants again. How long will that last? I won't speculate, but I am willing to give this a chance.
Regarding the graphs/info pages, I can see why there might be all sorts of formal artistic or stylistic arguments against them, in theory, but....I think they're also a valid storytelling technique. Hickman has used them in some of his own independent books fairly effectively. For now, they've enhanced rather than hurt my reading experience of the new X-Men titles.
I don't think every single story needs such things, mind you, but in this concrete instance they are useful in terms of communicating a lot of background information rather succinctly.
One last thing: I love that this concept does seem to reflect the original Greek meaning of "Moira", which had to do with three mythical beings who watched over the threads of life/fate for all living things.
Edited by Juan Gomez on 10 August 2019 at 7:14pm