Hey there X-Maniacs, X here with a slight change of plans... You see, I was originally planning on posting two reviews tonight, but you know what they say about the best laid plans... So instead of two reviews, it'll only be one review for tonight. However, that actually sets up the rest of the week rather nicely, so here's what my posting schedule SHOULD look like for the next few days... Sunday: Hellblazer Annual #1 & Fear Itself: The Fearless #4, Monday: X-Men #22 & Villains for Hire #1, Tuesday: Teen Titans #2 & Teen Titans #3. And that'll bring us to Wednesday and New Comic Day, which, after taking a sneak peek at the books coming out next week, should be FANTASTIC! So there ya go, that's what the next few days should look like here at the blog. For now though, here's tonight's post.
What Happened: Last issue the Plutonian's “parents” arrived on the scene and captured him, this issue we learn more... WAY more. The Plutonian's parents, gigantic energy beings, after having seen what their “son” had done to the Earth, decide to take him to the end of time and leave him there, knowing that would FINALLY end the Plutonian's reign of terror. However, before freezing to death, the Plutonian asks his parents to tell him of his creation, since he had never known where he came from. The Plutonian's parents agree to this final request, and the Plutonian simply smirks... Uh-oh... The Plutonian's parents were other-dimensional beings who were assigned to watch the Earth, since all of their “people” traveled to different times/dimensions/worlds and observed them. Upon reaching Earth, the Plutonian's parents were so enthralled by the humans they combined their energies and sent out a probe to experience all of humanity's complex emotions. The probe wound up being drawn to a nearby woman who was driven by one desire, to have a child. The probe, responding to the woman's strong will, transformed into an infant and appeared in the woman's arms, thus the Plutonian was born. Unfortunately, the reason the woman wanted a baby so badly was because she had killed her first baby in a fit of madness... Yep, the Plutonian's Earth mom was a nutcase! The woman's madness would occasionally manifest itself and she would try to murder the Plutonian in various ways(feeding him rat poison, setting him ablaze, etc). One day the crazy woman went to her car, turned it on and put a hose from the exhaust into the window and sat inside with the Plutonian, figuring that would kill him. Instead it killed her and the Plutonian was rescued and put into foster care where he terrorized many families who couldn't deal with a super-strong baby. From there the Plutonian's parents ask him about his earliest memory and he tells them about the time he lived alone in the woods, just wanting to stay away from others. One day some teenager went searching for the Plutonian, who the locals thought was an urban legend named the “Wolf Boy”. Plutonian spotted the teen sneaking around and grew enraged by him, seeing in the teen all of the foster families who abandoned him, and callously murdered the teenager. After committing his first murder, the young Plutonian felt terrible shame and flew to a church where he was adopted by another family. It's at this point that the Plutonian realizes why he feels no real compassion for others and seemingly has no real moral compass, because he was formed in the image of a mentally unbalanced woman. Plutonian rails against his real parents for allowing that to happen and the Plutonian's parents realize that while they were initially controlling their trip through time, it seems that the Plutonian had been leading his parents through the last few flashbacks...
The Good: 32 issues in and we FINALLY learn about the Plutonian's origin. And you know what? It was REALLY different and interesting. So kudos to Mark Waid for that. I never once became bored reading this issue. It was a relatively lengthy read(there was a lot of narrative to read through), but I wouldn't call any of it boring. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the Plutonian's formative years, and now understand why he became the asshole he is.
The Bad: The Plutonian's energy parents should have just left him at the end of time! It was a fitting end for one of the greatest mass murderers in comicdom... Since the Plutonian's parents seem to be so powerful, and can obviously travel through space and time, I don't get why they asked him what his earliest memory was... If they wanted to know you'd think they'd have simply took a look without him around/already knew.
The Verdict: I enjoyed reading this comic book a lot. I mean I literally have ZERO idea how Waid is going to end this storyline... Logically, it HAS to end with the Plutonian's parents dropping him off back at the end of time, but doing that would kill the Plutonian, and as satisfying as that event would be to read, it would also mean the end of this series... So in other words, the Plutonian has to figure out a way to outsmart his parents, thus returning to Earth AGAIN. For me, there's only one way this story can end in an acceptable fashion(hint: the Plutonian dies!), I can't wait to see what tricks Waid has up his sleeves to tie this one up.
Score: 9 out of 10.Well, that explains why the Plutonian is such an insane mess...