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He's lost his powers, his sister and his cause. How far is he willing to go to get them back? All he wanted was to make the world a perfect place for mutantkind. Pietro Maximoff was Quicksilver, the fastest living creature on Earth - until the Scarlet Witch took it all away. Now, the son of Magneto is despised, rejected, alone and powerless. Crushed and defeated, his only He's lost his powers, his sister and his cause. How far is he willing to go to get them back? All he wanted was to make the world a perfect place for mutantkind. Pietro Maximoff was Quicksilver, the fastest living creature on Earth - until the Scarlet Witch took it all away. Now, the son of Magneto is despised, rejected, alone and powerless. Crushed and defeated, his only hope and refuge lies with the Inhumans. Re-united with his wife Crystal, will his desperate ambitions lead him to an even greater betrayal? Collects Son of M #1-6


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He's lost his powers, his sister and his cause. How far is he willing to go to get them back? All he wanted was to make the world a perfect place for mutantkind. Pietro Maximoff was Quicksilver, the fastest living creature on Earth - until the Scarlet Witch took it all away. Now, the son of Magneto is despised, rejected, alone and powerless. Crushed and defeated, his only He's lost his powers, his sister and his cause. How far is he willing to go to get them back? All he wanted was to make the world a perfect place for mutantkind. Pietro Maximoff was Quicksilver, the fastest living creature on Earth - until the Scarlet Witch took it all away. Now, the son of Magneto is despised, rejected, alone and powerless. Crushed and defeated, his only hope and refuge lies with the Inhumans. Re-united with his wife Crystal, will his desperate ambitions lead him to an even greater betrayal? Collects Son of M #1-6

30 review for Decimation: Son of M

  1. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    When M-Day struck Pietro Maximoff was one of the many mutants who lost his powers. He's depressed and desperate to be who he once was. Son of M is all about Pietro losing his powers and doing what he can to regain them. Pietro reaches out to his estranged wife Crystal who is an Inhuman and comes up with a reckless plan. A few other Inhumans appear in this lackluster tale. Son of M was largely forgettable and had twice as many issues than it needed. When M-Day struck Pietro Maximoff was one of the many mutants who lost his powers. He's depressed and desperate to be who he once was. Son of M is all about Pietro losing his powers and doing what he can to regain them. Pietro reaches out to his estranged wife Crystal who is an Inhuman and comes up with a reckless plan. A few other Inhumans appear in this lackluster tale. Son of M was largely forgettable and had twice as many issues than it needed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    This story has become more relevant now that Marvel is pushing Inhuman to be its new X-Men. But really, the main reason I got this was because it was illustrated by Roy Allan Martinez, a countryman whose work deserves more notice. The story is a carryover from the time there were "no more mutants", so Quicksilver lost his powers. He figured that exposure to the terrigen crystals guarded by the Inhuman would restore his powers and he figured right. Does this make Quicksilver of Inhuman origin? I h This story has become more relevant now that Marvel is pushing Inhuman to be its new X-Men. But really, the main reason I got this was because it was illustrated by Roy Allan Martinez, a countryman whose work deserves more notice. The story is a carryover from the time there were "no more mutants", so Quicksilver lost his powers. He figured that exposure to the terrigen crystals guarded by the Inhuman would restore his powers and he figured right. Does this make Quicksilver of Inhuman origin? I hope current Inhuman writer Charles Soule would explore this weird exception from the current status quo of the global terrigen mist poisoning and sterilizing the mutant population.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    This didn’t really work for me. Something about the art and the tone just didn’t move me. Pietro is a character I haven’t read a lot of. The only aspects of his character I understand is arrogance and a loyalty to mutant kind. I expected to love this because I loved the House of M storyline. Instead, I came out of this liking Pietro a hell of a lot less. Not only did he harm a lot of people because of his own stubborn belief that he was right: he manipulated his kid into helping him. I don’t rea This didn’t really work for me. Something about the art and the tone just didn’t move me. Pietro is a character I haven’t read a lot of. The only aspects of his character I understand is arrogance and a loyalty to mutant kind. I expected to love this because I loved the House of M storyline. Instead, I came out of this liking Pietro a hell of a lot less. Not only did he harm a lot of people because of his own stubborn belief that he was right: he manipulated his kid into helping him. I don’t really see a way this could have been written where I would think of Pietro’s actions as understandable. Anyway, this just wasn’t for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiago

    Quicksilver gets depowered along millions of other mutants, and on the verge of suicide, he ends up finding a way to bring those powers back, unfortunely, as it is costume, Pietro ends up making it worst for him and the others around him. This is the first series of the road to War of Kings, and it was quite a good start, I really enjoy reading stories about flawed characters like Quicksilver. Next stop, Silent War.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Mission: catch up on the last decade's worth of Inhumans. Reason: Inhumans are the new "mutants" of the MCU. Challenge: wade through some of the most tedious, second-rate, forgettable stories of the Marvel Universe that I've studiously avoided like a bad STD since getting back into Marvel comics. Round two: bridge between Jenkins Inhumans glacial primer and the War Of Kings event. Weird. This book starts out like a coda to the House of M series by Bendis - like it's here to clean up after the ab Mission: catch up on the last decade's worth of Inhumans. Reason: Inhumans are the new "mutants" of the MCU. Challenge: wade through some of the most tedious, second-rate, forgettable stories of the Marvel Universe that I've studiously avoided like a bad STD since getting back into Marvel comics. Round two: bridge between Jenkins Inhumans glacial primer and the War Of Kings event. Weird. This book starts out like a coda to the House of M series by Bendis - like it's here to clean up after the abrupt reversal from millions of mutants to 200. I've never read anything else that I remember working so hard to try to account for the shift - as if this book was supposed to make the next major step. But I never heard of it. Never heard anyone proclaim David Hine's mastery of the art form or his great tales of Marvel wonders. No wonder. This book is the definition of average. Average art, average plotting, average dialogue. I read it so fast because I couldn't wait for it to be over and let me read something better. Pietro mopes around like an emo victim for a couple of issues, tries one of those "call for help" suicide attempts in front of Spidey (who's the poster boy for depressive rage in this book), then kidnaps his daughter from the Inhumane after taking steps to get his powers back by any means necessary (which include talking to an emaciated future version of himself - dude, if you're dying and a past version of yourself shows up asking how you dropped the weight so fast, spill - stop being so fucking sly and coy). Troublesome: I could swear Quicksilver has been in stories I've read since this time, and he hasn't appeared this (view spoiler)[emaciated, warped or desperate (hide spoiler)] - what gives? Did Marvel retcon this crap story of failed redemption, or was there some place where they reversed this storyline later? The art is mostly crap - flat colours, sloppy linework. Decent camerawork, and decent if washed out colours. Onwards.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Decimation takes place after the Scarlet Witch got rid of the mutant powers of all the mutants everywhere. Pietro, Quicksilver, goes to Attilan to talk to his wife Crystal, of the Inhumans and see his daughter Luna. Luna is half-Inhuman and Half-mutant, but since there are no more mutants she is just half human now. But Pietro decides to get his hands on the Terrigen Mists to see if they can help to reactivate his mutant powers-and it seems to work. He decides to flee Attilan with the Crystals an Decimation takes place after the Scarlet Witch got rid of the mutant powers of all the mutants everywhere. Pietro, Quicksilver, goes to Attilan to talk to his wife Crystal, of the Inhumans and see his daughter Luna. Luna is half-Inhuman and Half-mutant, but since there are no more mutants she is just half human now. But Pietro decides to get his hands on the Terrigen Mists to see if they can help to reactivate his mutant powers-and it seems to work. He decides to flee Attilan with the Crystals and his daughter Luna. Heading back to Genosha he tries to restore the remnants of mutant-kind to their past glory. But the Terrigen Mists have unforeseen side-effects and the I humans are looking for their crystals and for Luna as well. That is the gist of this story, more than that would be spoilers. The artwork is pretty good, though I must pay particular credit to whomever did the cover art- well done! The story? Interesting and I enjoyed it since I was aware of the whole "no more mutant" story in regards to the Scarlet Witch. I also knew that at some point, meaning current time, the mutants get their powers back. Son of M helps to explain just how this ended up happening. Sounds damn good right? Yeah, I'd say so. So why 3 stars? The issue I had, albeit slight, with the rather nebulous ending. Is it war between Inhumans and humans? Or not? Also what the hell is going on with Pietro? Maybe those answers lie in another series..I look forward to finding out that answer. If you are an X-men or Inhuman fan I think you will really like this story. Pietro is rather a pain in the ass. In fact, to be honest, no one in this damn story is likable, except for Black Bolt and Lockjaw. Still good story, decent to good art and it fills in some holes of my Marvel-Mutant lore. Works for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Coeurnoble

    Not a fan of the art, but I love quicksilver anyway :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    Coming out of Annihilation and Conquest and into the prelude to War of Kings. After House of M, Quicksilver was one of the many mutants that lost his powers. He has been pretty miserable. He eventually gets it in his head that the terrigen mists will give him back his powers. He also wants to try and use it on the rest of the unpowered mutants. This leads to the Inhumans coming after him and O.N.E. chasing him down as well. Decent story. Nothing to get too excited about but ok.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Hmmm . . . okay. It does do what I kinda hated after M-Day which is "Oh, that was sad - ON TO OUR NEXT ADVENTURE!" Never give anything time to breathe, never give anyone time to reel, never give the story any space before the next retcon, the next disaster of the week, the next exploding room you've seen a thousand times before. But it does do some of the stuff I do like, like examining a character, like watching someone totally unwind in the face of things they cannot control. Which is why I fo Hmmm . . . okay. It does do what I kinda hated after M-Day which is "Oh, that was sad - ON TO OUR NEXT ADVENTURE!" Never give anything time to breathe, never give anyone time to reel, never give the story any space before the next retcon, the next disaster of the week, the next exploding room you've seen a thousand times before. But it does do some of the stuff I do like, like examining a character, like watching someone totally unwind in the face of things they cannot control. Which is why I forgave a lot of the running around and time travel and cosmic nonsense, because the writing does get the main character right, and you are just watching him slowly unwind. You are watching him lose it. Quicksilver starts the book suicidal, like a lot of ex-mutants after M-Day. His wife Crystal tries to encourage him to start a new life, one where is a constant presence in his daughter's life, one where he is not being sucked into the world's drama. And you'd think that'd be enough. Instead, when he discovers there is a way he might regain his powers - or any powers - he violates everything he claims to care about, the most sacred tenets of his new home, betrays his wife, brings her world to the point of war, kills a man, and kidnaps his daughter and addicts her to this new power-imbuing substance. He brings it all crashing down around his ears because he can't stand being ordinary. In a way this is a good thing to read in conjunction with Alias, which poses the question of what would drive someone to want to be a superhero, with all the danger, sorrow and pain, if not the absolute, petrifying fear of being an everyday, overlooked, ordinary person. Because the story is told from Quicksilver's point of view, you just watch him drive himself on and on, never outwardly questioning or reflecting on what he's doing or why, just convinced it is the right - no, the only thing to do. Even though he must see the damage he causes, even though he must know the danger. Never a bad intention but always an evil outcome. My favourite part of this was watching his relationship to Luna, his daughter. He hates his own father so much, for his abandonment, for his manipulation, for his conditional love. He swears he is nothing like his father. And yet, he jumps at the first chance to be anything other than a loving, present father to his daughter. He destroys her entire world without any thought to her. He separates her from the care of her mother. He addicts her to a substance he doesn't fully understand, changing her in ways he can't imagine. He places her in harm's way alongside him again and again. And he does this because he wants to prove himself a father, but completely on his terms, completely without any regard for what she wants or is best for her, completely without any responsibility. And yet he protests he is nothing like his despised father. The only redeeming act he commits throughout the entire piece is to return his daughter to her mother when he realises where his actions have taken him, and where they will lead. He realises he is not good for the people he loves, that he is not capable of being the man they deserve. That he cannot get through a day without fucking up and these days he's fucking up quite badly. All in all, it's a good story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marianna Neal

    This actually started out pretty interesting, but it all went into a really strange direction, and then the ending was pretty abrupt as well. Wasn't a fan of the art either. If you're looking for what to read after House of M, skip this one for sure.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    And the award for "most egregious failure to learn from the mistakes of his own father" goes to...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    Pietro Maximoff is all sorts of screwed up. Post-House of M he has no powers and his enormous ego can't take being "normal" like everyone else. Being slow and sluggish and unable to cope, he decides to fight the inhumans and use terrigenesis to get his powers back. What ends up happening is a cascading series of terrible decisions as the person formerly known as Quicksilver proves just how far he's willing to go in order to be superior. The inhumans star a major role here and get a big new statu Pietro Maximoff is all sorts of screwed up. Post-House of M he has no powers and his enormous ego can't take being "normal" like everyone else. Being slow and sluggish and unable to cope, he decides to fight the inhumans and use terrigenesis to get his powers back. What ends up happening is a cascading series of terrible decisions as the person formerly known as Quicksilver proves just how far he's willing to go in order to be superior. The inhumans star a major role here and get a big new status quo change, Pietro proves to be one of the worst people, and a few mutants suffer. As someone who really enjoyed the bizarre AU of House of M, I loved this. It's one of the few times where Spider-Man's trauma is actually followed up on- issue #1 had some fantastic Peter Parker content. Quicksilver had such an integral role in the event that having him deal with the repercussions is interesting, and to see a series wiling to be so dark and solemn about a former superhero was neat to see. As far as I know this new status quo - for the main characters, at least - doesn't really go anywhere, which puts a damper on such a fill-in story. It's a quick series about Pietro's continuous fall from grace that also happens to bridge the gap between some new status quo changes in the Marvel Universe. It's only something worth reading if you want to see some good post-House of M content, and some good Inhumans content, as if you don't care for both of those things then there's nothing in here for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this one! Surprising because I've never really cared one way or the other about Quicksilver. But there is some really superb character development in this volume, especially in the relationship between quicksilver and his daughter, Luna. I really enjoyed the sketchy and roughly drawn artwork as well. I thought it lent itself very well to the mental state that Quicksilver was in. Plus, Atillan and the Inhumans really looked fantastic! Listen, Blackbolt? You need to b Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this one! Surprising because I've never really cared one way or the other about Quicksilver. But there is some really superb character development in this volume, especially in the relationship between quicksilver and his daughter, Luna. I really enjoyed the sketchy and roughly drawn artwork as well. I thought it lent itself very well to the mental state that Quicksilver was in. Plus, Atillan and the Inhumans really looked fantastic! Listen, Blackbolt? You need to be showing up on my doorstep sometime, m'kay? But leave the giant bulldog at home. He's scary. I felt, of all the Decimation titles, this one dealt with the fallout of House of M the best. It gave us a really good taste of the cataclysmic affects on a mutant when they lose their powers and the extremes they are willing to go to get that identity back. Where as other titles in this arc scratched the surface of the fallout, this title goes very deep, and actually sublime to the main House of M storyline. My only qualm is this: if you are going to write a story about time travel, then you MUST follow the rules you lay out. So, if Future Quicksilver says that it is only possible to travel forwards in time.... Then Past Quicksilver shouldn't be able to time-travel back to the time he came from. It's a GIGANTONORMOUS plot hole. 3.5/5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I read this in preparation for Silent War, and to fill in some blanks regarding Quicksilver. I'm not too fond about the way he's portrayed in here - after having lost his powers after the events of House of M, he steals the Terrigen crystals from the Inhumans, ultimately instigating a war. Still, this had some great moments - all bits involving Quicksilver and his daughter, and every scene with Black Bolt (simply because Black Bolt is incredible and really the kind of character who can just stan I read this in preparation for Silent War, and to fill in some blanks regarding Quicksilver. I'm not too fond about the way he's portrayed in here - after having lost his powers after the events of House of M, he steals the Terrigen crystals from the Inhumans, ultimately instigating a war. Still, this had some great moments - all bits involving Quicksilver and his daughter, and every scene with Black Bolt (simply because Black Bolt is incredible and really the kind of character who can just stand there and be 1000% more awesome than anyone else in the room).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Limboscene

    The problem with stand-alone issues, sometimes, is that they go so quick and can often feel rushed or ends abruptly.Son of M does not break this mould. However the story line remains one of my favourites. My biased towards all things Inhuman and Magneto's lineage may come into play on the adoration though. A must read for all Inhumans and X-Men fans. I will re-read very soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James Hough

    Ugh. The more stories that I read involving the Inhumans, the more I dislike them. Definitely not the best part of the Marvel Universe.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tehanu

    I still think that the Inhumans are kind of boring. The highlight of this book, to me at least, was Spider-Man's appearance.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    In the voice of a goth-wannabe, darkly-attired conductor's voice: "All aboard, the Angst Express is now departing..! I was quite pleased with David Hine's "Rebirth" storyline on Top Cow's THE DARKNESS. During my extended read of most of what made of HOUSE OF M, and the subsequent M-DAY stuff, I learned that Hine helmed DECIMATION: SON OF M, a 2006 mini-series that dealt with Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) and how he comes to terms with being de-powered. I was anticipating a great read, one that wo In the voice of a goth-wannabe, darkly-attired conductor's voice: "All aboard, the Angst Express is now departing..! I was quite pleased with David Hine's "Rebirth" storyline on Top Cow's THE DARKNESS. During my extended read of most of what made of HOUSE OF M, and the subsequent M-DAY stuff, I learned that Hine helmed DECIMATION: SON OF M, a 2006 mini-series that dealt with Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver) and how he comes to terms with being de-powered. I was anticipating a great read, one that would make sense, as well as leaving me satisfied as I said goodbye to HOUSE OF M and all that followed it. Sadly, that was not the case at all! The story itself seemed to be written well enough. However, I felt Pietro's almost nihilistic mood was too much to bear! Yes, losing your super-quickness was something that would take time to fully settle into, it was not the end of the world! Nor was it worth kidnapping your daughter Luna from her mother, the Inhuman Crystal, or stealing terrigen crystals from Attilan! While the mini-series title, SON OF M, made sense, the story should have been titled THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL! Seriously, this was probably one of the most depressing mini-series (next to Morrison's WE3, which I loved, but, sadly, will not re-read as my depression is staring to rear its unwelcome head in my life again!) I have ever read! it probably should have a warning or something, especially if you are someone who is trying to keep their depression in check! I am giving this mini 2 Stars out of 5, simply because a I think Hine is talented, even I did not like this story, and b) Roy Allen Martinez turned in some super-tight art! Mind you, I was not really pleased with Medusa's visual reworking, nor the "porn star-esque" figures given to Medusa and Crystal! However, that aside, I quite liked Martinez's art! In conclusion, all I can say is don't read this if you are having a bad day/week, SON OF M will only make the bad day worse! 'Nuff said!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    The art gets an A+. It was unique and spoke to me. I like that style that relies on shadows and dark ink to accentuate characters, settings and action. The story was engaging and interesting... but I found myself lacking something; characters to like or side with. Everyone came across as a dick, most of all, Pietro. The Inhumans are dicks, the US government are dicks, the post M day former mutants are dicks, Magneto is a dick... i guess the little girl was ok? I dunno. I enjoyed reading this, and The art gets an A+. It was unique and spoke to me. I like that style that relies on shadows and dark ink to accentuate characters, settings and action. The story was engaging and interesting... but I found myself lacking something; characters to like or side with. Everyone came across as a dick, most of all, Pietro. The Inhumans are dicks, the US government are dicks, the post M day former mutants are dicks, Magneto is a dick... i guess the little girl was ok? I dunno. I enjoyed reading this, and it does a good job of reacting to the earth shaking events of House of M, but I’ll probably never read it again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    B

    Bleh. This Quicksilver is really unlikeable. Some would say unredeemable? Why do the Inhumans allow him to walk around after this? Also the interaction between terrigen and mutant powers here is pretty different than in the period between Inhumanity and I vs. X. (In fact, the whole take on terrigen seemed a little off?) There are two opposite tales that could have come out of this: (1) living with powers out of control and (2) living with only the faded memory of powers. Both could have been pret Bleh. This Quicksilver is really unlikeable. Some would say unredeemable? Why do the Inhumans allow him to walk around after this? Also the interaction between terrigen and mutant powers here is pretty different than in the period between Inhumanity and I vs. X. (In fact, the whole take on terrigen seemed a little off?) There are two opposite tales that could have come out of this: (1) living with powers out of control and (2) living with only the faded memory of powers. Both could have been pretty interesting. One more thing: Do only some depowered mutants remember that they were mutants?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    If you're a fan of Quicksilver, the House Of M storyline, or Peter David's second run on X-Factor, this is a fun and essential read. We get to see the emotional fallout for the person responsible for creating House Of M, as well as see his attempt at retribution. David Hine should get more credit for his work in the X-Men realm during this time, as his stories are much more intricate, fun, well-written, and essential to X-history than Milligan and Claremont, who were bumbling around the main two If you're a fan of Quicksilver, the House Of M storyline, or Peter David's second run on X-Factor, this is a fun and essential read. We get to see the emotional fallout for the person responsible for creating House Of M, as well as see his attempt at retribution. David Hine should get more credit for his work in the X-Men realm during this time, as his stories are much more intricate, fun, well-written, and essential to X-history than Milligan and Claremont, who were bumbling around the main two titles at the time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Becerra

    To be honest, I wasn’t interested in this at first glance. The story about Magneto’s children was ripped from a soap opera, and to me Quicksilver was a vulgar ripoff of Flash. However, this tale truly shows the weight of losing, the extremes some people go because of their ambitions, and how wars come from the simplest sins. An unexpected and grateful surprise.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Will Cooper

    Following House of M, Scarlet Witch took away most of the mutants' powers, including Quicksilver. This follows him going to Attilan to steal the Terrigen Mists to try to gain back his powers. Quick read, important to future stories, leads right into Silent War

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I know all about this from reading the House of M and the following events, but it is nice to follow Pietrolike this and get a somewhat chronological order to his ultimate +!^

  25. 4 out of 5

    Judith Groen

    I've never really read anything about Pietro or the inhumans before. It was a very compelling story and I read it in one breath. I read this as a part of the War of Kings prelude and am very excited for what is coming next.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    Now, this was a real solid story with powerful art.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    3.5 stars. This was enjoyable but not a favorite.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tiara

    Post-House of M Pietro is depowered, living in a hellhole, thinking about how life used to be for him. His powers defined him in a major way. Pietro powers have always allowed him to be cocky, to be better than the humans he sees as inferior. Now, without his powers, he feels less than inferior—even to humans. He doesn’t understand normalcy. He doesn’t understand why anyone would want to be just human. Life doesn’t seem much worth living to him, and he spends much of his time staggering about in Post-House of M Pietro is depowered, living in a hellhole, thinking about how life used to be for him. His powers defined him in a major way. Pietro powers have always allowed him to be cocky, to be better than the humans he sees as inferior. Now, without his powers, he feels less than inferior—even to humans. He doesn’t understand normalcy. He doesn’t understand why anyone would want to be just human. Life doesn’t seem much worth living to him, and he spends much of his time staggering about in his old costume living out his former life in his head and feeling guilty for being part of something that left so many mutants powerless. During an encounter with Spider-Man, Pietro tries to end his own life. He critically injures himself during his quest, but his estranged wife, Crystal, takes him to Attilan where he’s healed. In desperation, Pietro appeals to Black Bolt to allow him to use the Terrigen Mists to restore his powers. Black Bolt refuses and with understandable reasons that he tries to explain to Pietro (through Medusa). Pietro uses it anyway, but his powers return in an abnormal way. Despite this, Pietro decides to return to earth with the Terrigen crystals and uses them to restore the powers of other depowered mutants. Do I even need to tell you how badly this goes? Pietro, Pietro, Pietro. I’m a huge fan of Quicksilver. Say what you will about him, but I love him. He has a myriad of baggage that he’s toting around. He has all these personal issues, many stemming from the need to impress a father who hates him. He can’t do much right even in the best of intentions. Part of the problem seems to be that he just can’t shake hubris even when he’s not in the best of shape, and another part of the problem seems to also come from some need to prove himself due to Magneto’s repeated rejections. (And there’s also this fact that he’s more like Magneto than either man is willing to admit.) Pietro finds himself in a place where he feels he has nothing left to lose—especially if it means getting his powers back. Damn those who stand in his way. The only person who can really seem to touch his heart is his daughter, Luna, who he hasn’t seen in quite some time, but she brings out a softness in him. You can also see traces of love there for Crystal still, and she’s obviously still holding love for him. But she doesn’t understand his human emotions such as jealousy. And he harbors some resentment against her. I pitied Pietro because this made him seem like one of those people who can’t cope with a situation and find some peace with it. Instead of seeking to improve his situation, he seeks to regain his “former glory.” Since he can’t find his sister, he’s mostly resigned to think that those glory days will never come back without her... until he reaches Attilan. I shook my head at MANY of Pietro’s actions during and after Attilan because there was just so much obvious room for error there. And the inhumans are so particular about humans and not in a good way, but not a damn was given. And then, Pietro also angered me. One thing that just really bothered me? Repeatedly exposing Luna to the Terrigen crystals to the point that seemed like a drug addict. Just heartbreaking. He finally realizes his actions are harmful to her and tries to do the right thing by sending her back to her mother, but in this, I realize that he’s continuing the odd family dynamics that his family faces. Aside from being the World’s GREATEST Dad (sarcasm), these are the reasons that I like the Pietro and his family. They’re just so damn complicated. Things I didn’t like? Spider-Man. I think there were better ways to cause Pietro to take that jump rather than having Spider-Man all tangled up in the scene. It just seemed like a waste of panels for a story that could’ve used more panels to tell Pietro’s story. I also didn’t like how restricted this story felt. It was a good story, but it wasn’t a story that could be held by such small constraints. Towards the ends, things started feeling a little rushed like they suddenly realized, “Oh, hell, guys... we’re running out of space!” They lost a little focus and steam, in my opinion. Everything started happening too fast. I still think that X-Factor probably does his character the most justice, but I did like how this seemed to really try to show Pietro at his worse, that it tried to show readers what desperate men when do when they feel backed into a corner.

  29. 4 out of 5

    KV Taylor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a difficult one to rate. When I read the issues after House of M it was kind of a rough go for me, because I was still a bit O.o over the whole thing. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are some of my all time favorite characters, so yeah, my Maximoff Feels were out of control. I was looking for some kind of closure, or at least a step in some direction for Pietro after that complete mess. That made Son of M unsatisfying to me at the time, but that's more my expectation than anything else This is a difficult one to rate. When I read the issues after House of M it was kind of a rough go for me, because I was still a bit O.o over the whole thing. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are some of my all time favorite characters, so yeah, my Maximoff Feels were out of control. I was looking for some kind of closure, or at least a step in some direction for Pietro after that complete mess. That made Son of M unsatisfying to me at the time, but that's more my expectation than anything else. I'm not a huge fan of the art, either--though the storytelling is fine, the lines themselves are choppy and not to my taste. The covers are some of the most beautiful ever, though. I finally managed to get my hands on the trade and read it all through at once, though, and this reading changed my mind. (Emotional distance from Maximoff Feels? POSSIBLY.) For one, having re-read a bunch of old Avengers, Quicksilver, and X-Factor stuff at once recently (as you do...), I gotta say that I really like how Hine took, um, well, Quicksilver into account here. Everything that happens here basically makes me just go, "Yep, well, obviously..." So I like the characterization, in terms of "here's Pietro at his most screwed." (It's not actually, but you know. Up to this point.) Though its not really a complete character arc for Pietro, it does what it's meant to do in dealing with him immediately post House of M. Seeing as he has effectively broken the world and been beaten to death by his father in an attempt to simply not lose his sister, and now he has anyhow... well, things are likely to go badly, right? It is mainly annoying to see Magneto have the high moral ground, but, well, at this point he does. So what can you do? Pietro, you done screwed up. It's only right you should pay; it just hurts to watch you start to do so by screwing up more people--especially your daughter :/ Therefore, Son of M does its job. PS: Crystal. Still awesome. Guh.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Guillermo

    Attempting to get through life as a human, Pietro encounters Spider-Man, who is also suffering from a loss due to Pietro and Wanda's (Scarlet Witch) meddling with the world around them. In an attempt to kill himself for causing so much strife to the world, Pietro injures himself severely but not before contacting wife - an inhuman - Crystal, who transports him Attilan to cure him. At Attilan, Pietro concocts a plan to obtain the terrigen mists in order to regain his mutant powers. When denied, P Attempting to get through life as a human, Pietro encounters Spider-Man, who is also suffering from a loss due to Pietro and Wanda's (Scarlet Witch) meddling with the world around them. In an attempt to kill himself for causing so much strife to the world, Pietro injures himself severely but not before contacting wife - an inhuman - Crystal, who transports him Attilan to cure him. At Attilan, Pietro concocts a plan to obtain the terrigen mists in order to regain his mutant powers. When denied, Pietro is left with the moral decision to go against the counsel. But if he can obtain his powers again by going through terrigenesis, what's to say other former mutants couldn't do the same thing. Of course, all things come with great consequences - some of which even Pietro cannot change. I guess having to follow The Crow is a tough act for any graphic novel. Or maybe it's because I haven't read House of M that I failed to thoroughly appreciate this work. I did like the tone of the story and decisions left in the hands of those who think they are doing good. Misguided heroes, I suppose, are the best. Because even though they are actually the antagonist in their world, they perceive themselves to be aiding humanity - or in this case, the mutant world. They suffer the consequences and either change for the better, or become part of the greater problem - the villain. I never thought much of Pietro Maximoff in the past. He wasn't one of the most notable characters in the X-Men world, at least not for me. However, it wouldn't hurt fellow followers of the mythos to have this graphic novel on their book shelves.

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