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This review does not represent the opinions of the general public. It reflects my personal thoughts and opinions on the book.
That said, on to the review!
X-Men: Prisoner X is a rather grim novel, with dark overtones throughout the entire book. Given the plot, it couldn't be anything else. And while the plot could have been different, then it wouldn't be the same book, now would it? One thing I'd have to say is this: if you wanted a statement on the increasing power of the entertainment industry over modern society, then this is definitely a book for you to look into. As political statements go, this is a rather intense one, even masquerading behind comic-book characters, and it's much more oppressive and direct than those special comics that warn against smoking or doing drugs or other things.
The best part of this novel, I'd have to say, would be the reappearance of Longshot in the continuum. I came (back) to the series only a few issues before he left the team, with only a few guest appearances here and there. What I saw, though, was enough to make him a favorite of mine. As I recall, he had the charm, the charisma, and the luck to win the heart of any girl, and at the same time be agile and skillful enough to dodge through a storm of bullets without getting hit once. Also, there was something about his uniform that made him much more impressive than some of the other X-Men. He's different here, though, which you'd expect given his situation and the time he spent away from the X-Men and how he spent that time. Still, he makes this novel that much more interesting for me.
X-Men: Prisoner X is, to me, worth the effort of reading from cover to cover. Some readers may find it too dark. Some may find it too political. Some may find it just too convoluted to be interesting. All I can say is that you should give it a chance. You just may learn something!
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