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X-Men #196 Review

It is truly staggering how bad Humberto Ramos' artwork is in this issue. It makes the cover above look like Bryan Hitch, in terms of attention to detail. I am actually shocked that a professional artist had the gall to turn in these pages and request payment for them. That is a terribly damaging thing to say about a professional artist, and I do not say it lightly. This work looks beyond rushed - it looks amateurish and just shockingly bad. I ask you good folks to at least give an attempt at flipping through this book at your local comic book store this Wednesday to see just how awful the artwork is - it is something you need to see to believe.

Reading this book, I am reminded of the famous quote from Billy Madison, where Billy is admonished for a particularly stupid reply to a question - "At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought." That is how bad Humberto Ramos' artwork is in this comic book. At no point in the comic was his rambling, incoherent artwork even close to being good. However, there were points in the comic where it got particularly bad, specifically later in the comic, with the Sentinel character. Man, was that some bad looking artwork.

As to Carey's story, while largely hidden by the awful artwork, there is a pretty good story here, although not as strong as the previous arc. Carey uses a lot of humor well in this story, and the final twist on how the X-Men beat the bad guy is particularly clever.

But who can think about the story when the art is this bad.

So yeah, Not Recommended - but I do recommend flipping through it, just to see how bad it is for yourself!!

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