Madrox: Multiple Choice

Madrox: Multiple Choice

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Genres: Sequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes

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Madrox: Multiple Choice
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Jamie Madrox, stabbed, staggering off a bus. Jamie Madrox, setting up a detective agency in the heart of Mutant Town. Jamie Madrox, a peaceful Shaolin priest. Which is the real Jamie Madrox? In this noir-esque thriller of a limited series, its possible that even Madrox doesnt know anymore. Peter David, acclaimed for his run on X-Factor, reunites several of that titles most popular and whimsical characters - Jamie Madrox, Wolfsbane, and the aptly named Strong Guy - and sends them on an adventure of light and darkness. Featuring the incredibly moody pencils of Pablo Raimondi.

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  •    Gojas Knarston
    2020
    A clever, twisting, intricate, fun, and wonderfully unusual story that serves as the pre-cursor to the ongoing X-Factor series. Only points deducted are for an overuse of the word 'noir' in its attempt to be meta--the story succeeds where it embraces the trappings of noir rather than trying to pass comment on them from within.

    Overall, an excellent story - can't wait to get on board the X-Factor series.
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  •    Yolkree Leeken
    2020
    Book Info: This collection contains Madrox issues #1-5.


    ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars}

    STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>



    In mutant-inhabited ghetto Mutant Town, former X-Factor affiliate Jamie Madrox sets up a private investigator agency and reunites with Rahne Sinclair – old friend and fellow mutant. By experiencing a small physical blow, Jamie's mutant ability is to create additional copies of himself on impact (hence the moniker "Multiple Man"). When one of his wayward "dupes" stumbles back to him – bleeding profusely through a knife wound – Jamie absorbs his body and acquires his memories. Though jumbled and unclear, Jamie manages to make out images of Chicago and the face of a beautiful woman in his mind's eye, and that's more than enough for him to set out and try to solve the mystery of his own attempted murder.

    In this six-issue prequel volume, there are two concurrent plots at play; the first one is outlined above, and the second one involves one of Jamie's dupes and two other X-Factor buddies left behind to investigate a peculiar case of suspected adultery. This is a method David would continue to employ throughout his subsequent X-Factor work, and I'm pretty sure it worked just a little better there than it did here. The main reason I say that is that the secondary plot was so much overshadowed by the main one (i.e. the one involving the murder), that I felt that, more than anything else, it just got in the way; there was little to no overlap between the two, and it seemed only useful for getting readers acquainted with life Mutant Town, and to introduce the kinds of cases Jamie's agency would have to face in the future. This subplot really wasn't intriguing enough to make an enjoyable story on its own, and I think David could have done much better.

    After having read both this and his Hulk stuff (including his 80s run and Hulk: The End), I'm starting to suspect that Peter David might have a real knack for the fresh reimagining of old characters. In terms of his power set, Jamie Madrox has got to be in the top five most interesting comic book characters I've ever encountered. The first issue is probably all you really need to understand why I'd say this, but the future possibilities and implications of this power (and how Jamie chooses to use it) are only hinted at here, and more fully explored later down the line.



    Nihilistic rumination and ambivalent narration aside, it doesn't take very long to see that the "host" Jamie already has a good idea of who he is, what he wants, and why he wants it. But because his dupes represent different undiluted aspects of his psyche, their conjuring prompts the only personal conflicts Jamie ever experiences, and they're physical (rather than psychological) in nature. It's a very unorthodox approach – and one I'm not yet entirely sold on – but it might have worked better if David gave the host Jamie a chance to outwardly demonstrate, in voice or action, his doubts and insecurities. If he could not accomplish this task *independent* of his dupes, then it may have been best to go a different route for narration. As it stands, there just seemed to be an unnecessary rift between the character's thoughts and actions.


    [There are so many parts of the book that sound just like this, but I could never fully buy into his suffering.]

    Just going off the couple David books I've read, I think the writer is at his best when he's being serious. Here though, he spends as much time being serious as he spends being whimsical. Fortunately, he's got just enough sophistication and wit to keep things entertaining without crossing the line into corniness, and pulls back quick enough not to compromise the plot's urgency too much. Also, this is a book that playfully refers to itself as a work of film noir at numerous times in the story, and since I happen to like that type of comic book, it's able to reap some of the benefits that genre provides. Plus, there were several clever plot twists here to keep me guessing.

    I'm not sure how to feel about Pablo Raimondi's art. Usually, it serves the book well enough, but it seems a bit variable. Some of the facial expressions here I just hate, and his use of shadow can be oppressive at times. I know Raimondi goes on to illustrate later volumes of X-Factor, but I find it strange that I don't remember him being a problem before. Is it possible he gets better as he goes? Or did I find the writing so much better then that I didn't care (or notice)? Here are some of his poorer sketches:





    Damn. I must to be on a roll by now; this has got to be around the 5th book I've re-read in the space of two weeks where I've had to completely reevaluate my initial (and much more favorable) impression. Once one of my very favorite limited series, Multiple Choice has unexpectedly become something little more than a mild amusement. I guess I'd still be willing to try volume one of X-Factor, but I may not even bother to check out any of David's subsequent work on the title. I'm always prepared to be pleasantly surprised, but I'm not at all optimistic.


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