When I was a kid, one of my favorite super hero comics was the X-Men. I used to wish I had some sort of igifti, something that would set me apart from others, something cool. I never thought about the consequences of ibeing differenti. Everyone around me looked like me except Mr. Luen, the owner of the corner store where I bought most of my candy, and I never really gave his differences much thought. The underlying theme of the X-Men was wasted on my youth.
I picked up a copy of the X-Men comics a few years ago, well before the movie, and was intrigued with what I read, and miffed at myself for having missed so obvious a topic as prejudice. Reading the X-Men again was like reading them for the first time all over again.
The X-Men movie, for me at least, made many of the characters in the comic almost real. For the first time, I could see their pain, hear their concerns about being, not only different, but in many cases far superior to normal humans. I could witness the awesome potential of their igiftsi, even if the dialog was lame at times ("Do you know what lightning does when it strikes a toad?"). I also believe the opening scene in the German Death Camp was the best scene in the movie because it laid the groundwork for the rest of the movie so succinctly. There was no guessing what the movie was about.
Now you know why Iim as happy as a tick in a dog pound when I tell you that 20th Century Fox will be releasing X-Men 2 on May 5, 2003, and Apple QuickTime has an the exclusive first look. If you are a fan of the X-Men comic, or just enjoyed the first movie, youill not want to miss this. It will leave you wanting more.
Vern Seward is a frustrated writer, as well as a fan of the X-Men, who currently lives in Orlando, FL. Heis been a Mac fan since Atari Computers folded, but has worked with computers of nearly every type for 20 years.