Book Review – The Quest for Nightcrawler

  • Publisher: X-Men (book 1) The Quest for Nightcrawler
  • Publisher: Marvel
  • Pages: 136
  • Formats: Trade Paper, e-comic
  • Available: Amazon , Marvel (e-comic)
  • ISBN-10: 0785188215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785188216

Book Blurb

Ever since Nightcrawler’s death, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. But after learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it’s up to Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar to find and bring back the fan-favorite fuzzy blue elf! But when the team finds themselves separated and split between heaven and hell, can they get to Nightcrawler’s soul before his father, the evil Azazel, does? Pushed over the edge, the Beast gives into his savage side like never before, as Nightcrawler rallies the X-Men to take on Azazel and his hellish hordes! Can the X-Men save the afterlife, or must one of the team make the ultimate sacrifice?

 The concept – Nightcrawler died and with him the X-men had lost their heart but its hard to keep an X-Man down.  Not when there are Pirates to be killed and Whiskey to be had

The Characters:  the usual X-men suspects

Main Character:

Nighcrawler: Swashbuckling acrobatic mutant, the Furry elft.  Father confessor to the the X-men, dashing hero and devout Catholic.  What’s not to love

What works – I am a long standing Nighcrawler fan.  I’m a fencer and I love to make people smile – sometimes he’s a role model, sometimes he’s my hero.

Least Favorite trait – The fact that they killed him off.

Why it works/doesn’t work:  Seeing Kurt (Nightcrawler) Wagner in action again is always a blast and they used just the right balance of heroic, tragic, joyful and fun loving  hero to bring him back.

What I liked: 

If you know me, you know I am a big Nightcrawler fan.  As anyone in my alliance in MCOC (Marvel Contest of Champions)… they will tell you…

My first introduction to Kurt was in a scene where the X-Men had been captured by the brood and each one was dying as a Brood Larva grew inside them (well, all except Wolverine because his mutant healing ability killed his).  Nightcrawler had just finished praying and Wolverine was surprised to find Kurt was Catholic.  They talked about loneliness and belief, and it was the first thoughtful conversation I’d ever seen in a comic book an I fell in love with Nightcrawler and his relationship with Wolverine.

This book reminded me of all the reasons I loved Kurt.  the artwork was gorgeous and it did just the right amount of pulling on  my heartstrings while taking me on a great adventure.

What I didn’t like:

Pretty much the fact that they killed him off.  For over 35 years of reading the X-men (off and on) Kurt was a constant.  They never killed him off so they had to bring him back in the first place. I originally got this book on sale and didn’t realize that the physical copy is 11.99 and the e-version is 6.99… so that too is a consideration.

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January 12, 2018


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