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I’ve long been a superhero fanatic and the X-Men are one of the more decent superhero teams out there. Their comic books on the other hand tends to go through ups and downs in my opinion. I was interested enough when this manga came out to read it and well, it’s basically a very Japanese take on the concept. Basically, the characters may have the same names but are radically different.
X-Men: Misfits is much more character-driven with a strong shoujo romance plot element thrown into it, which is a bit surprising since one would expect an X-Men manga would be more action oriented. It focuses upon one of the X-Men’s icons, Kitty Pryde who is an outsider at her high school when she discovers that she is a mutant and is recruited to join Xavier’s School of Gifted Youngsters. But she finds herself still feels uncomfortable as she is the sole female student in a class of incredibly bishonen guys. Even after she starts dating one guy, she finds herself attracted to the moody loner even as she angsts over the fact that she still feels like an outsider in this school of true outsiders.
There is hints of a power struggle being waged as a subplot as Professor Xavier and Magneto but since the series ended up being cancelled or something, we’ll never find out about what’s happening.
The art was beautifully drawn, but in the overly delicate shoujo-style that’s really not my thing. I suppose some girls might swoon over the scenes where numerous overly feminine-looking guys strut around in little clothes or topless, but I felt that they should have worked a bit more on the storyline instead. Also, some of the character designs are a bit weird in my opinion, although I have to admit that the Beast/Hank McCoy version looked like a giant furry poofball was rather funny looking, others weren’t so great.
X-Men fans will probably not get into this manga as it is VERY different and just feels like an odd imitation of the real thing that wasn’t very good either. Even if one enjoys the whole shoujo concept, it’s only one book long and unfinished at that with so many plot threads still up into the air so I can’t really recommend this series at all.
RATING: 1/2 STAR.