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A+X #2: Review

Nov 2012
Chris Bachalo, Chris Bachalo

Story Name:

Black Widow + Rogue

Review & Comments

3 stars

A+X #2 Review by (January 19, 2021)

Review: The first story is a bit of a disappointment as the characterization for the Black Widow is way off; she is portrayed as chatty and sociable with a great interest in beauty and comfort—and who panics in the face of danger. This is at odds with the standard picture of a cold, hard professional spy who always keeps a low profile and gets the job done. Can you imagine Natasha making this big a fuss over a new luxury car? The plot is a bit confusing with a load of exposition dumped onto the final page. The Iron Man/Kitty tale has an intriguingly goofy plot and comic banter courtesy of Peter David. Mike Del Mundo’s early style is a bit more realistic except that everyone seems to be uncomfortably tall and thin, especially Kitty on pages 8 and 9 of the story. Though it’s amusing how David gets away with the Superman joke on the final page.  

Comments: Second story features a joke about a watermelon in a lab lifted from THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

A+X #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Black Widow is relaxing at her favorite beauty parlor, bragging about her new Alpha Romeo when a Sentinel crashes in, destroying the car on the way. She dons her outfit and starts shooting the Sentinel when Rogue (with Captain Marvel’s powers temporarily) enters and destroys the robotic monster—and then it disappears while they are distracted, which is a problem since it has a power grid disruptor attached which could black out the city. They find the two high school guys who created the disruptor and trace the Sentinel to the top of the Chrysler Building. Nat has a sniper rifle but she has injured her hand and can’t shoot; Nat kisses Rogue, transferring her marksman prowess to her and she shoots the thing down.

Later, the two women are at the newly rebuilt beauty parlor, where Rogue explains that the guys had built the disruptor as a science project but A.I.M. got their hands on it to use for evil. Their phones ring with a summons from the Avengers and they both refuse to answer.

“Shadowcat + Iron Man”
Writer: Peter David. Art: Mike del Mundo x 3.
Synopsis: Kitty Pryde (with Lockheed) has been invited to Stark Resilient by Pepper Potts with a possible job offer; Tony Stark shows up and takes over the interview, interested in her computer expertise. While Tony is showing her an experiment to repurpose Pym Particles into a weight-loss method, Kitty sneezes, releasing the Brood, which had been trapped in her head for months. The monsters begin to grow and terrorize the place; Iron Man joins Kitty in fighting them but Kitty leads the Brood back to the armor room. The Brood creatures take control of the armors—and then Kitty phases through them, short-circuiting them and trapping the Brood inside. Tony decides that having someone with that ability around could only be a problem.  

Chris Bachalo
Tim Townsend
Chris Bachalo
Chris Bachalo (Cover Penciler)
Tim Townsend (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Kitty Pryde
Kitty Pryde

(Kate Pryde)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

(Anna Marie LeBeau)

Plus: Brood, Lockheed, Sentinels.

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