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- ASIN : B088J49MG2
- Publisher : Marvel (February 27, 2008)
- Publication date : February 27, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 553468 KB
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- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
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- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,825 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story begins with two preteen superheroes, Crimson Crusader and the Imp (Rory and Pandora Destine) doing their best to thwart fairly petty crime (museum robbers and the like) in their home of Ravenscroft, England. Rory and Pandora believe they are mutants, and, having gotten superpowers, believe that the only thing to do with them is fight crime. Rory, in particular, is very much copying the stereotypical comic book hero, outlining the tropes of the genre, from banter with opponents (that generally isn't all that funny or clever) to his very stilted moralizing speeches. What the twins don't know is that their father and grandmother, Walter and Flo, are not actually what they seem; they're actually their siblings. Rory and Pandora belong to a family of magical beings descended from a 900-year-old immortal and a djinn (genie). Siblings include Samantha, Kay Cera, Newton, Dominic, and Gracie. The opening story arc finds the whole family under attack by mysterious villains, forcing them into action and drawing absent patriach Adam Destine home for the fight (having spent a decade or so travelling through space in a 60s hippie van; a priceless visual). Further stories (and there were only eight initial issues by Davis) tie the family more closely into the Marvel Universe, with guest appearances by such mainstays as Spider-Man (who gets the most substantial role), Doctor Strange, the Invaders (Captain America, Namor the Sub-mariner, the Human Torch), and the Punisher.
Davis left the series with #8, leaving another creative team to do a handful of subpar issues that are not collected here; when Davis returned to the property with his two-issue "X-Men and Clandestine" miniseries (which rounds out the collection), he retconned said issues into a dream, so far did they depart from his vision. "Clandestine" was caught up in the collapse of Marvel UK, itself part of the speculator bust of the 90s. Tied into Marvel's biggest franchise, Davis gets a chance to tell what was then potentially the characters' last hurrah. At the end, Adam Destine remarks about the future of his family:
"My family and I are no longer a part of the world you inhabit, Logan. We linger like shadowy relics of a forgotten era...it may be that we have had our time."
Wolverine can only say "I hope he's wrong.", and after reading this hardcover I think you'll agree; and, luckily, Wolverine was proven correct, although it took more than a decade, when the Clandestine returned in 2008 for another five-issue miniseries. Hopefully they continue to not fade away.
The art is fantastic, the ideas are bold and Davis shows how important faces are in story-telling. The body language and expressions in this book are fantastic, something every aspiring artist should study.
Unfortunately new characters and new ideas are thrown out but given little time or space to develop. Cross-overs with other Marvel characters slow things down further as the stars of the book have to step aside to give us several pages of the X-men clowning around or MODOK hatching an evil scheme.
Hopefully the new series will give the Clan more space to fulfil its potential.