Marauders #3 Review - Reclaiming My Time...
I'd love to blame COVID-19 for lack of reviews of the Dawn of X line of stories. The truth is that the current run of X-Men comics is a mixed bag and there are better books out there.
Marauder's #3 feels like a setup or filler issue with the bulk of the book following Sebastian and the newly resurrected Shinobi Shaw, his son. I hadn't seen Shinobi since the '90s. I always thought he was a cool character I just wish he showed back up in a better book.
Sebastian spends this issue reacclimating Shinobi to the world and the Hellfire Trading Company. Shinobi, still coming to terms with the situation openly speculates whether he still wants to kill his father.
There is a lot of plotting and foreshadowing in the issue that will probably pay off down the line. I hate to say that the book is a waste of money but a lot of this could have been done in the background with a more interesting story being in the actual comic.
Michele Bandini does a great job on figures and Federico's colors are also standout. I liked the stark reds and blacks throughout the comic. Aside from that there isn't much else going on. The artists don't get much to do other than draw characters moving from scene to scene spewing endless exposition. If this was my introduction to the series I'd be hardpressed to keep it on my pull list. It's not the worst comic on the shelves but it's the sort of book that will leave readers questioning the $3.99 they are dropping every month on the title.