The next stop on our Chuck Austen tour of misery will be She Lies With Angels. Marvel.com describes the collected work as:
In this special tribute to William Shakespeare’s most beloved work, Romeo & Juliet, popular X-Men artist Salvador Larroca illustrates a poignant but riveting tale about a young human and a young mutant falling in love, and what terrible consequences it will have not only for them, but for their family and friends.
I’ve read this story over one time and I can tell you that it’s not that. It’s not riveting and while it has the parts of Romeo & Juliet that any 10th grader might know (boy and girl, feuding families, balcony scene) it completely misses the spot on the themes of the story and what makes it a classic instead of a paperback love novel. It also misses the arc on some of its characters, even giving a d-list supporting character an unwarranted two additional mutant powers, while largely downplaying the original.
I will have to say that it does get the poignant adjective correct, in that it does succeed in “Evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret” each time I go back through it.
And it has sky sex in view of one’s mother. So there’s that.
This chapter of Chuck Austen’s X-Men will arrive on Valentine’s Day, as my special gift to you.