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A bittersweet sendoff, and not because of what is to come. I'll post some highlight pages and mention what happened in others.


X23 and Finesse have a confrontation at the start of the issue, talking about what really happened in full.  Finesse fully expects Laura to kill her and waits for the killing blow, Laura just hits the wall behind her.  It ends like this:


Hazmat and Mettle talk with Hank and Tigra about what happened with Jeremy's formula.  Short version: the cure they took would attack and neutralize any power remover similar to Jeremy's that they used to remove their powers, as it became a part of them.  Sadly, there's more to the cure that they're told the next day, but that we don't see.  But Hazmat and Mettle resolve other issues instead, because now they aren't alone.  And Ken CAN feel things, but it's not quite the same as having skin.  It just took him a while to figure out how.

Then this happens!





To complete the crappy day Finesse has had, she then finds out that Reptil has stopped waiting for her as she's been standoffish for a good while in their relationship.  He's moved on.  With White Tiger.

She finds out she does have emotions, by having her heart broken.

 

It ends with the entire crew being made 3rd Grade Avengers, higher security clearness (that Jeanne takes to quickly) and employing Jeremy's targeted helping algorithms to guide young heroes for the best situations they could encounter. Building a network of aid for teen heroes.

And the last page before the issue's close on the other side of the goodbye letter Gage wrote, thanking everyone, is an add for Avengers Arena. 

Gage actually goes out of his to say "Give it a Chance" in the goodbye letter.  Twice. 

Still, for this series, it's a good end, if bittersweet.  The last part bookends the entire series with Veil now just a normal girl going back to a hellish high school, but now she has confidence to stand up for herself.  And Black Ops training that normal high school kids just can't stand up to.

I'm going to miss this book, but I'm glad it lasted as long as it did.


 

Date: 2012-11-08 11:32 pm (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
These touching scenes with Quicksilver become a lot funnier if you think he agonizes over what to say at superspeed, which I do.

Date: 2012-11-08 11:35 pm (UTC)
salinea: (Default)
From: [personal profile] salinea
hahahahahahaha thank you for the image.

Date: 2012-11-08 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Who doesn't agonize what to say at seemingly super-speed? I know I do.

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Date: 2012-11-09 03:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crabby_lioness
Considering how often in the past he only opened his mouth to put his super-speedy foot in it, hilarious.

Date: 2012-11-09 10:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nyadnar17
That Quicksilver quote is GOAT. I love him in this.

Date: 2012-11-08 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
What I think kinda makes that bittersweet feeling is that the book tells us that these kids have graduated, they're pretty much Avengers now, they're going to be helping kids in similar situations and all of that...but we know that at a lot of these kids are going to be stuck in Avengers Arena.

Even if we didn't have reason to worry about them surviving, if they just faded off to obscurity after this, it'd feel weird because you know that isn't what we're going to see.

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Date: 2012-11-09 12:05 am (UTC)
brooms: (awn)
From: [personal profile] brooms
that looks like such an awesome, romantic date

i can show u the world
shining, shimmering, spleeeendid

Date: 2012-11-09 01:29 am (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
... tell me Princess, now when did
You just let your hear decide?

Appropriate, seeing that Karolina's technically a princess of the Majesdanian and Skrull empires.

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Date: 2012-11-09 01:23 am (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Doesn't Karolina's entire body turn into light when she powers up?

And how long have she and Julie been dating?

Date: 2012-11-09 01:44 am (UTC)
biod: Cute Galactus (Default)
From: [personal profile] biod
Since the Runaways cameo'd a while back.

Date: 2012-11-09 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] long_silence
This colorist doesn't seem to know how to do that. Made the same mistake last time the Runaways were in this book

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Date: 2012-11-09 08:28 am (UTC)
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Maybe she's learned how to stay partially solid..

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Date: 2012-11-09 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jmacq1
I hate that the first thought that popped into my head upon reading the particular page was: "Well, now Mettle and Hazmat have had sex, which means they're definitely going to die in the slasher-flick they're about to be starring in."

Date: 2012-11-09 05:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] selke
Damn it. Karolina's supposed to be all hippie-ish. The only reason I thought that MAY be her is the rainbow. I like my Runaways in Runaways. *grumbles about kids getting off her damned lawn*

Date: 2012-11-09 05:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blunderbuss
So if Karolina and Julie are together ... did they ever explain what happened to Xavin? I shipped that so hard. ;_;

Date: 2012-11-09 10:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] oddityangel
Yeah, I was wondering what happened with Xavin too...

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Date: 2012-11-09 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] kingofmadcows
They never showed Finesse taking the Blank Slate cure. If she doesn't have her powers back then she won't get dementia and lose her memories when she's older. If anyone decides to use her again in the future, that could be an interesting conflict for her. Perhaps she would willingly take the antidote because she doesn't want to remember the painful experiences in her life.

Also, X-23 was not written well. Yes, she doesn't want to be a killer anymore but she's always been willing to do whatever it takes to protect people. When her desire not to kill comes into conflict with her desire to protect her friends at all costs, guess which one wins? Heck, she has no problem manipulating and lying to people when it needs to be done. She kept Cyclops's orders secret from Wolverine when she was in X-Force. She manipulated Elixir into helping X-Force and surreptitiously suggested that he have his memories wiped by the Cuckoos. She had no problem torturing Vanisher to keep him in line.
Edited Date: 2012-11-09 06:52 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-09 07:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
I think the thing that bothered Laura was that she was used, and by someone she had grown to trust deeply.

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Date: 2012-11-09 07:22 am (UTC)
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Noooo Laura and Finesse! :(

hmmmm I was going to give avengers arena a chance anyway, but if they are endorsing it.. Then the likelihood has increased

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Date: 2012-11-09 09:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
...So they allowed Hazmat to get physical with her boyfriend... then seemingly had X23 kill her off immediate in the next storyline?

...I know that there isn't a name for that trope, but there should be. >:(

All girls must be chaste, or something 'orrible will happen to them! XP

Date: 2012-11-09 12:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drmcninja
I'm still betting on a fake-out. It isn't like them to give it off in previews and promos without making it obvious or announcing it. I think she'll be okay just because they showed her in those pages. I'd actually be more worried about Mettle at this point.

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Date: 2012-11-09 10:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Aww, I like this end :)

Date: 2012-11-09 12:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drmcninja
Wait, I thought Karolina was married to Xavin? What happened to him/her?

Date: 2012-11-09 12:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] angelophile
Xavin took Karolina's place when a group of Majesdanians came to arrest her for war crimes. Disguised as Karolina, Xavin willingly went along to be tried and punished in her place, presumably intending to try and escape and return to Earth when possible.

Karolina/Julie just doesn't sit right with me, because it basically requires Karolina and the readers to accept Xavin's gone forever, which I hope isn't the case.

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Date: 2012-11-09 06:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] practicalcat
Did Gage ever explore how Julie reconciles having a girlfriend with her religion? Because the Church of Latter-Day Saints generally comes down on the "homosexuality is sin" side of the discussion. Not that she can't be a Mormon and a lesbian, but it should have at least come up in a discussion.

Or did Julie's religion get disappeared for "they both fly on rainbows, yay!"?

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Hazmat/Mettle

Date: 2012-11-10 01:20 am (UTC)
big_daddy_d: (Default)
From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
The panels that only show the house and lights through the window. Look at it and listen to this: Enjoy!

As for Finesse, kinda glad this happened. She needed this to finally learn what it is like to feel and that it is not ok to just treat anyone anyway you see fit. Gotta be considerate of others. This will be good for her growth.

P.S. - REAAAALLY hope they don't kill any of the Academy cast and Power Man.

Date: 2012-11-10 10:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sevarem
Whoever those two kissing girls are, I'd like to know more about them.

I hope Avengers Arena doesn't end with them killing Laura. She's really started to become interesting in the past few years.

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