The Danger Room. Unheard of in the films until X-Men: The Last Stand. First known to me from that lame X-Men XBox game. In fact, if I hadn’t known better, I would have assumed that they had made it up for the game; it seems the perfect construct for pre-game training. For those who don’t know what the Danger Room is, it’s like a holodeck, but with balls.1 And the X-Men use it to train in…



Whedon’s second X-Men story isn’t quite as interesting as his first. “What if there was a cure for mutants?” is a topic that leads to plenty of interesting ethical issues and parallels with real life. “What if one of the X-Men’s cool gadgets went psychotic?” is less immediately appealing. It turns out to be cooler than it initially appears — an old, bald cripple that we know and love turns out and gets to be nicely morally ambiguous.

‘Dangerous’ is reasonably spectacular, too. Action in Manhattan. Action in the Danger Room. Action in Genosha. Very orange action in Genosha. Genosha is orange. Violence and violence and more violence makes for a fun read, but by the end things seem a little on the superficial side.

That’s not to say nothing’s happening with the characters. Just not much. Kitty and Colossus are awkward around each other after their romantic reunion. But by the end, they’ve… gotten a little less awkward. Emma Frost, oh she of the relentlessly displayed cleavage, acts repeatedly suspicious, but nothing much comes of it. Yet. This becomes somewhat frustrating; what would seem to be her imminent betrayal of the X-Men consistently feels more interesting than the actual plot.2

‘Dangerous’ has some cool moments. It has some amusing puns on the word “danger”. It has the Fantastic Four, briefly. But it just doesn’t quite get there. And you know why? Because in the end, it’s “what if Frankenstein’s Monster was an angry room, or possibly a robot?” That’s why.

  1. Er, and if you don’t know what a holodeck is, well, there’s no hope for you. Or more likely, me.
  2. Although for this ignorant X-Men n00b, the last panel substantially erodes this interest.
This is a celebration! A mitzvah! No, it's more. It's really a nativity scene, except nobody here is wise. — Danger

5 Responses to “Dangerous”

  1. You have to get the THIRD trade!!!!!!!! THAT one is AMAZING! A wonderful, twisted arc. Its out. Get it. So good.

    I liked Dangerous but it just wasn’t as entertaining as I’d hoped. And alas, Joss has moved on to Runaways. However I also love that comic so it shall be quite interesting to see how he handles that group.

    Also good comics, you’d probably enjoy.

  2. ‘Torn’ is actually out of stock at Minotaur in the city. I do look forward to it. I have heard it’s more interesting than ‘Dangerous’.

    With the long wait between the comics and the trades, I don’t feel like I’ve lost Whedon yet.

    If it comes down to a choice between buying Runaways or the new Buffy comics, I think I might end up going for the nostalgia buzz of Buffy.

  3. Ah, yes. I’m gonna be picking up at least the first arc of the new Buffy just to see how it is. I like that its supposed to be ‘Season 8’. That should be interesting. Runaways is really good. You’d probably enjoy it and it has trades out already that one should be able to pick up. :)

  4. Can we pleeeease have a thread about the stargate series finale somewhere?? I want to discuss it, but I can’t at rehearsal cos that would be geeky, and I don’t see you anywhere else :(

  5. Nag Andy. He’s Mr Stargate Reviews, but he’s barely watched any of the last 10. And he calls himself a fan.

    Still, we could discuss it on this recent blog where I actually talked about the last Stargate but two. I liked it. More of a ‘Moebius’ sort of season finale than a lame cliffhanger one.