Marvel Adventures #3
Marvel Comics (June, 1997)
WRITER: Ralph Macchio
PENCILER: Ben Herrera
INKER: Armando Durruthy
COLORIST: Kevin Tinsley
LETTERER: Jon Babcock
EDITOR: Mark Bernardo
In this continuity the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants consists of Magneto, Toad, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch, but this isn’t enough for Magneto’s latest plan, to take over Hulkbuster base and fire a virus meant for the Hulk against New York. (Although he lies about that last part and says he just wants the threat.) He adds Blob, Pyro, and Avalanche, who have formed a bank robbing trio, to his team and they attack the base. However, the X-Men are waiting for them. When Magneto prepares to fire the missile the Scarlet Witch, angered by the lie, uses her powers to stop the missile. And then that stranger that’s been kidnapping everyone shows up and reveals he is…the Stranger. He takes Magneto and Toad for whatever it is he’s planning. The trio leave while Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are invited to join the X-Men, who have earned Thunderbolt Ross’s respect.
What they got right: I like how they showed the difference in how Magneto and Charles handles their training. While in both cases the more unsturdy member has to be rescued by a comrade in violation of what the training was for, Charles is more forgiving than Magneto. And Cyclops tells Ross that he should consider extending that understanding to the Hulk. (Fat chance, Scott.)
What they got wrong: The art is still over-exaggerated rubber and not very interesting to look at.
Recommendation: Maybe it’s due to my just not being interested in the X-Men regularly but this wasn’t too bad, or at least it was a more interesting read than the last two issues. Not worth hunting down but a decent read.