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Madame Xanadu: Broken House of Cards

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Madame Xanadu Vol 3: Broken House of Cards (2011) Matt Wagner, Amy Reeder, Richard Friend, Joelle Jones

I am really enjoying this series. I know there is a ton I am missing because I am not familiar with classic DC comic characters, but it doesn’t matter because they appear in the story as unknowns to Nimune, so it doesn’t matter if I know who they are, since she doesn’t.

The story opens in New York in 1957. Betty Reynolds is a housewife whose life suddenly and mysteriously falls apart as the inexplicable begins to happen to her. She turns to Madame Xanadu for help, but things quickly spiral out of control.

Meanwhile, another investigation into a local Satanic cult seems to somehow be related to Nimune’s attempts to help Betty Reynolds.

There is so much I like about this series. I live the way Nimune and many of the other females are drawn–in a realistic manner. Yes, Morgana is boobilicious, however, that is very much in contrast to Nimune. And it’s also not completely unrealistic. And the women of the 1950’s look the time period. (I especially liked the way the harridan, Sid’s wife, was drawn.)

I also loved the continued look at Nimune’s past. Although the story was focusing primarily upon Morgana, we saw a good deal of Nimune as well, and watched her slowly developing into the woman of “modern times.”

If you have not read Madame Xanadu I highly recommend it.
Rating: 9/10

Published by Vertigo

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