Saturday, December 06, 2003

Mystique #7
Writer: Brian K Vaughn
Art: Michael Ryan
published by Marvel Comics

Mystique as a character has never gotten her due. She's always been portrayed as an emotially and morally complex character. But few writers have attempted to exploit the tremendous gray area she inhabits ethically. Claremont gave her noble motives at times, an ambiguous relationship with Destiny and a foster daughter for whom she had a great deal of affection, all while leading a group called the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Now, she's got her own book that's soaked in moral ambiguitiy. She's become a superspy in the service of Professor X, undertaking covert missions that cannot be traced back to the X-Men. Her first mission took her to Cuba, where she was forced to take a child's life to save the lives of dozens of others. She managed not to pull the trigger, but still couldn't save the girl. Brian K Vaughn doesn't give many easy solutions, and isn't afraid to ask tough choices of his characters.
I have a thing for women with attitude, and Vaughn's Mystiquie has it in spades. She's smart, dangerous and always capable. That, and she looks kick ass in black leather. I'm not one to wax poetic about comic bad girls, but were a special lady to show up at my house covered in blue body paint, I wouldn't be adverse to playing Evil Mutant, if you know what I'm saying.
Until then, I'll be reading this book. Great stuff.

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