Reviewer: James Hatton
Story Title: The Chicago Whey
Writer: Peter David
Penciler: Pablo Raimondi
Inker: Drew Hennessy
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Multiple Man is one of those characters that either you love, or you know nothing about. Jamie Madrox has the ability to split himself into doubles, triples, and even more. It’s one of the coolest X-Abilities ever, as far as I am concerned – especially when he gains all of the knowledge his doubles possessed by absorbing them back. Do you know what I would do if I had multiples of myself running around. Four words: Agent Smith Matrix Fight.
Oh, that and answer that question once and for all, and find out if doing… you know… that… is it gay or masturbation.
So, last issue one of Madrox’s doubles was absorbed right before he died and the fleeting images that Madrox got from him were of a beautiful woman in Chicago. This Madrox hadn’t died via accident, he was murdered. *dramatic music cue*
So this issue our gumshoe is on the streets, trying to find out anything he can about this mysteriously beautiful woman. When the knowledge finally comes out, it seems that she is the girlfriend of a high-finance muck-a-muck who is in with the mob. Isn’t it always the dames in these gumshoe stories, eh? So our detective goes out to find her, and when she does.. va-va-voom, this dame, this broad, this chica con carne lays a smacker on his lips like he’s never felt before. In another part of town though, another Madrox takes a bullet to the brain.
Peter David is a fan favorite, always has been. His writing here fits the genre of a mock-mutant-detective story to a tee along with some subtle humor along the way. The only problem I am having with the writing of it is that for as much as PAD described Madrox’s powers in the first issue, the character has been through so many power retcons it’s hard to know exactly how some of his doubles are the way they are. I don’t hold that against David though, he’s making the character his own as best he can.
The cover is fun, nothing dramatic to speak of, but it isn’t a bad cover – but as I’ve said in my Cable/Deadpool review (also available this week from The Nexus) covers just don’t hold up for me anymore.
Interior art is on the nose though. It’s dark, thick, and gritty which is what you would want out of a story that takes place in the dregs of Mutant Town. Each character looks different, and there is even enough subtle differences between each of the multiples that make it easy to figure out when you aren’t dealing with your Alpha Madrox.
The Marvel Knights mutant titles are holding strong. Between this and District X, I could see a new run of amazing X-work, because we sure as hell ain’t getting it over with Claremont and Austin. Right now, this book is still finding it’s pacing, but the story is there and it’s being told well.