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THE X-MEN GET A RADICAL NEW REMIX IN A STORY ABOUT TEEN ANGST, FIRST LOVE, AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN High school student Kitty Pryde has always been the odd girl out. A mutant, she was born with strange superpowers, magical talents that make her the class freak. But Kitty’s world is changed when she’s invited to study at Professor Xavier’s School fo THE X-MEN GET A RADICAL NEW REMIX IN A STORY ABOUT TEEN ANGST, FIRST LOVE, AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN High school student Kitty Pryde has always been the odd girl out. A mutant, she was born with strange superpowers, magical talents that make her the class freak. But Kitty’s world is changed when she’s invited to study at Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, a special home for mutant teens. There’s just one catch: Kitty’s the only girl at the all-boy school, and she ends up just feeling like a freak all over again. Then Kitty meets Pyro and the ultra-hot bad boys of the Hellfire Club. They’re the school’s elite–handsome, rich, and totally above the rules. Now Kitty seems to have it all: a dreamy boyfriend, super-cool friends, and the chance to develop her extraordinary talents. But why is her heart telling her that something is wrong? Will Kitty ever find the place where she belongs, or is she doomed to be a misfit forever?


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THE X-MEN GET A RADICAL NEW REMIX IN A STORY ABOUT TEEN ANGST, FIRST LOVE, AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN High school student Kitty Pryde has always been the odd girl out. A mutant, she was born with strange superpowers, magical talents that make her the class freak. But Kitty’s world is changed when she’s invited to study at Professor Xavier’s School fo THE X-MEN GET A RADICAL NEW REMIX IN A STORY ABOUT TEEN ANGST, FIRST LOVE, AND WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN High school student Kitty Pryde has always been the odd girl out. A mutant, she was born with strange superpowers, magical talents that make her the class freak. But Kitty’s world is changed when she’s invited to study at Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, a special home for mutant teens. There’s just one catch: Kitty’s the only girl at the all-boy school, and she ends up just feeling like a freak all over again. Then Kitty meets Pyro and the ultra-hot bad boys of the Hellfire Club. They’re the school’s elite–handsome, rich, and totally above the rules. Now Kitty seems to have it all: a dreamy boyfriend, super-cool friends, and the chance to develop her extraordinary talents. But why is her heart telling her that something is wrong? Will Kitty ever find the place where she belongs, or is she doomed to be a misfit forever?

30 review for X-Men: Misfits

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    A fresh take on the X-Men, mixing Xavier's School with Shojo manga (a la Ouran). Like a love letter to everyone who loves both. We follow Kitty Pryde as the only current female student at Xavier's in her first months at the school. It's so fun to pick out each character in their new manga form (Beast is Totoro-like, Cyclops is still sanctimonious, except in teenage version, which means straight edge, ah, beautiful). I can't wait for volume 2, I hear there will be more female students! Personal pre A fresh take on the X-Men, mixing Xavier's School with Shojo manga (a la Ouran). Like a love letter to everyone who loves both. We follow Kitty Pryde as the only current female student at Xavier's in her first months at the school. It's so fun to pick out each character in their new manga form (Beast is Totoro-like, Cyclops is still sanctimonious, except in teenage version, which means straight edge, ah, beautiful). I can't wait for volume 2, I hear there will be more female students! Personal preference: More Gambit please!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeridel Banks

    It's great that the X-Men franchise has made its way into the manga world again after a brief brush in Wolverine: Logan. However, seeing it re-packaged in such a cheap fashion leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Granted, re-making any story from popular source material is a difficult task, especially when it’s re-tooling an action-drama like X-Men into a shojo drama. No one can expect to get there without bumps along the way, but this X misses the spot. X-Men Misfits tells the story of the pre-Wolv It's great that the X-Men franchise has made its way into the manga world again after a brief brush in Wolverine: Logan. However, seeing it re-packaged in such a cheap fashion leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Granted, re-making any story from popular source material is a difficult task, especially when it’s re-tooling an action-drama like X-Men into a shojo drama. No one can expect to get there without bumps along the way, but this X misses the spot. X-Men Misfits tells the story of the pre-Wolverine X-Men plot from Kitty Pryde's perspective. What compelled me to read the manga in the first place was the fact that the under-appreciated Kitty Pryde was at the center of the story, as opposed to more popular characters like Wolverine or Professor Xavier. Of course, other, more notable characters like Iceman, Cyclops and Pyro make an appearance, but they are nothing more than generic girly boys who are indistinguishable from one another. Heck, I’m a comic book buff and still couldn’t recognize some of the side characters because they look just like Forge or Gambit (or was that Gambit?). It doesn’t help that they are shojofied with Ouran High School Host Club-style uniforms, with the personalities to match. As it is, they remain in a perpetual one-dimensional purgatory of blandness. Though the manga was meant to be light and fluffy, the lighter-toned story doesn’t suit the X-Men universe. Recalling the original storyline of X-Men, racism is the main theme. Allegorically, mutants are treated as ethnic minorities and humans are seen as the privileged Caucasian. While this underlining theme was given some token lip service, the struggle between humanity and mutants just doesn’t come off as believable here. Given this general environment of oppression, one would expect Kitty to be more confused and perhaps more angst-ridden. Her struggle with being herself and saying what’s on her mind could have gone beyond a tiny square of text in a corner. Alas, those ideas are dashed as soon as any given pretty boy jumps into the picture. As much as I want to say that I appreciate Anzu’s attempt at illustrating this new story, the end result is utterly incomprehensible. For all the various skin tones, all of the boys look the same and the layout of certain pages throws off the flow of several scenes. Beyond that, the backgrounds can get so busy that readers have to play "Find Kitty" while still needing to figure out whether the pretty boy next to her is Angel or Iceman. Good news, though. The artwork is on the same level as the story-telling. Who needs top-notch artwork when the story sucks? The story is written by the husband-wife team of Dave Roman and the distinguished Raina Telgemeier, who is perhaps best known for her work on the comic adaptations of The Babysitters Club. This previous work, jokes aside, managed to capture the agony and joy of the loves and friendships that teenagers go through. Surprisingly, Telgemeier could not transition her experiences of writing for angsty adolescents into manga, ironically the format of choice for angsty adolescents. As a matter of fact, there were many things done by the characters that caused me to roll my eyes in incredulity. Okay, we know that Kitty wants to fit in (who doesn't?) but is it necessary to make her so reserved when she's got a million and one questions? Don’t teenagers shoot their mouths off when they get the urge? (I know I did). They sass back, resort to violence to reclaim some sort of emotional or mental semblance, and get F’s in math. Here however, Kitty internalizes everything without unleashing it in the usual teenage ways. Instead of lashing out whenever she gets angry, she just crosses her arms and huffs and puffs. It feels more like some idealized portrait of a teenager than the actual reality of a teenager. Compound this with the whole idea that this is a world of people with literally world-shaking powers and the mind boggles even further. Just why is everyone so darn nice to each other here? But there is another bright side to all of this: X-Men Misfits is a short read. As sour as the taste it leaves, any of this misfit manga’s residue won’t stick for long on your mind. Better yet, save yourself the trouble. This cross-marketing gimmick is one-size-fits-none.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayt O'Bibliophile

    Wow, this was...different. Very different. The artwork, no matter what you think about the book itself, it absolutely gorgeous. It's shoujo to the max and so well-done, with fine lines and a tone of sparkles. Anyway, to the story: Kitty Pryde is about to start attending Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters, but she's also the only girl there. Bet you can't see where this is going, huh? It's sort of X-Men-meets-Host-Club. She's 'adopted' by a group of the most popular boys, who basically do anythin Wow, this was...different. Very different. The artwork, no matter what you think about the book itself, it absolutely gorgeous. It's shoujo to the max and so well-done, with fine lines and a tone of sparkles. Anyway, to the story: Kitty Pryde is about to start attending Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters, but she's also the only girl there. Bet you can't see where this is going, huh? It's sort of X-Men-meets-Host-Club. She's 'adopted' by a group of the most popular boys, who basically do anything they want in the school. They're all gorgeous, and can flaunt the rules to do outrageous things. And somewhere in the story, there's some mutant-vs.-human drama, but that's not important. The problem with the story is that it can't decide whether it's going to have an actual storyline, or whether it would rather have pretty sparkling fluff with hot boys who happen to have superpowers, and the end result is that it feels shallow and not engaging. For those who like it, I would recommend the Host Club manga series--unlike this, it can merge humor, fluff, and a story together well. Also unlike this, it didn't get canceled after one volume.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike Aragona

    I've been an X-Men fan since the early 80's. Although I stopped buying the books on a regular basis since the late 90's, I'm still very familiar with most of the characters. I've never really had a problem with how these characters get modified and changed when translated to other mediums (ie; animated cartoons, movies, etc) so I wasn't bothered by any of the changes here (for example, Jean Grey is a teacher at the school, whereas Scott/ Cyclops is a teen student). [return][return]What made this I've been an X-Men fan since the early 80's. Although I stopped buying the books on a regular basis since the late 90's, I'm still very familiar with most of the characters. I've never really had a problem with how these characters get modified and changed when translated to other mediums (ie; animated cartoons, movies, etc) so I wasn't bothered by any of the changes here (for example, Jean Grey is a teacher at the school, whereas Scott/ Cyclops is a teen student). [return][return]What made this book not as enjoyable as I would have expected is the very large cast of characters used throughout! It quickly got distracting and confusing trying to remember who was who. Having Kitty as the main focus was great (and probably the best way to pull in the target audience) but all the peripheral drama became distracting.[return][return]I'm going to let the book sit for a while and re-read it again once enough time has passed (at least until the release of the 2nd book). Perhaps a 2nd read (and a discussion about the book with my 12yr old daughter) might give me a clearer picture or base of understanding why it didn't appeal to me as much as I expected.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lexie

    I never thought I'd read/pick this up. Not because I'm a X-men purist or enthusiast (the opposite really, I'm rather indifferent to 95% of the Marvel universe's inhabitants), but because it just never made me 'Need have now'. It's pretty and I really like the artwork and I've been a fan of Dave Roman's since Jax Epoch (Flannel Sorceress, you know you want to read it now), but I have already so much I collect that I thought I'd let it go until I had extra money. Oh well I make mistakes sometimes. P I never thought I'd read/pick this up. Not because I'm a X-men purist or enthusiast (the opposite really, I'm rather indifferent to 95% of the Marvel universe's inhabitants), but because it just never made me 'Need have now'. It's pretty and I really like the artwork and I've been a fan of Dave Roman's since Jax Epoch (Flannel Sorceress, you know you want to read it now), but I have already so much I collect that I thought I'd let it go until I had extra money. Oh well I make mistakes sometimes. Prompted by an urge to pick up Deader Still by Anton Strout, for him to sign at the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend, I had a little time left over and decided to read a graphic novel or two. But I've caught up on all my series (yes I spend that much time in the bookstore) so I browsed and came upon Misfits. Kitty Pryde is a character that I like only sometimes--not in the movies, but in X-Men Evolution and Wolverine & the X-Men I like her a lot. In the comics...meh. This is definitely a shoujo lover's dream--reasonably attractive girl gets sent smack into the middle of a *special* school filled with ultra-hot guys who fight to gain her attention. They fight often too. I wouldn't say that Kitty doesn't have some redeeming qualities--she is smart, loyal, a good person who believes in helping people, but I think that if she had been transferred into a school with a more even ratio of girls to guys, she wouldn't have been latched upon so quickly. Her admirers include: Pyro, Angel, Forge, Quicksilver, Havok and Nightcrawler, with appearances from Gambit, Cyclops, and Iceman. To be fair, really only Pyro and Angel make any sort of 'serious' play for her (with Pyro by far leading that charge), everyone else has varying degrees of friendship interest. Except maybe Iceman. But he plays things very close to the chest. The shoujo re-imaginings of some of my favorite X-men (and not so favorite) was interesting to say the least. Um Xavier walks. Magneto is...amusing more then menacing. Storm is rocking a mohawk (so anyone who remembers Storm from the 90's X-Men episodes in the future? Yeah that's her), Jean is a professor but currently off looking for people to recruit, Cyclops is a STUDENT. I liked how a lot of the re-done character traits became more 'shoujo' hero like. I think the fit was pretty good for the most part. I'm not as keen on Iceman's re-imagining, because I don't remember him being so...aloof and isolationist in the comics, but I'll forgive them. They had Gambit. And he was hot. And he cooked. I can't ask for nothing more. Closer to the end Roman and Telgemeier work in a more serious conflict, slowly percolating a romance that develops between Kitty and one of the other guys and then channeling that into the conflict at the end. There isn't a lot of outside intrusion, since the story is set at the Xavier Institute, but when there is it goes...BLAMMY. Also some of the comic elements made a crossover--Cyclops and Havok being brothers for instance, Havok's wonky sudden power surge, Magneto's fanaticism in regards to Mutant Rights and Xavier's Pacifist approach, Magneto's Hellfire Club (though in this its more of an elite clique at the school). I thoroughly enjoyed Misfits. A lot. I want an art print of Gambit now. Please? Anyway (back on topic) the end gives us a brief summary of what volume 2 will be like in light of some of the...changes at the end of volume 1. More girls (please please please Rogue. Please. Pretty please. And Jubilee. Pretty pretty please), drama and angst abounds in volume 2...with no actual tentative due date. Ah well. I'll be in line for it anyway!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miss Ryoko

    Well, I'm not surprised that volume 2 never made it to the shelves. I was pretty excited about this - growing up, X-Men was my favorite. We watched the cartoon constantly, I had a couple of the comic books, and tons of other X-Men related things like video games, trading cards, toys, posters, etc. I haven't stayed with it as I grew older, but X-Men will always be a pinnacle of my life, so I was excited to read this. But for X-Men fans... it's extremely annoying. I never was a big fan of Shadowcat. Well, I'm not surprised that volume 2 never made it to the shelves. I was pretty excited about this - growing up, X-Men was my favorite. We watched the cartoon constantly, I had a couple of the comic books, and tons of other X-Men related things like video games, trading cards, toys, posters, etc. I haven't stayed with it as I grew older, but X-Men will always be a pinnacle of my life, so I was excited to read this. But for X-Men fans... it's extremely annoying. I never was a big fan of Shadowcat. I didn't hate her, she was just kind of there. But putting her in this storyline was super obnoxious. There were a lot of things I had an issue with: First, this story is taking place in the present with cell phones and Nintendo Wiis... yet Professor X still is walking and Magneto is a good guy (I know at one point, he sort of became a good guy again, but I believe it was Kitty herself who made him change his ways after he almost killed her... so they sort of tossed that storyline to the wayside). Scott is a STUDENT!!! at the school ( are you KIDDING me!!!??) and Sabertooth is A SLAVE TO ANGEL!!!!!???!!!!??? What the bloody hell? Now, I'm fine with certain storylines being tweaked but this... this is just a tad ridiculous. Second, the fact that Kitty is the ONLY girl at the school is ridiculous! Had this been set in an earlier time period, I could totally dig and understand that. But set in the 21st century, it's absurd. There were a couple things I liked: Storm looked like a bad ass and Nightcrawler was sexy ;) The only reason I'm not giving this a one star rating is because even though I was annoyed by all the changes and stupid things, I wasn't miserable while reading it. It kept my interest, but to this long time X-Men fan, I just can't dig the changes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    L. Petunia

    I'm a huge long-time fan of both X-Men and shojo manga, so I was extremely excited when I heard this book was coming out! I knew from the recent Wolverine manga that it would be a reimagining, so I wanted to go into it and not dwell too much on thoughts like, "He wouldn't act like this!" or "This is so wrong!" But I didn't even have those thoughts when I read this one! It was remarkable how most of the characters seemed true to their mainstream selves to a point; the changes that were evident wer I'm a huge long-time fan of both X-Men and shojo manga, so I was extremely excited when I heard this book was coming out! I knew from the recent Wolverine manga that it would be a reimagining, so I wanted to go into it and not dwell too much on thoughts like, "He wouldn't act like this!" or "This is so wrong!" But I didn't even have those thoughts when I read this one! It was remarkable how most of the characters seemed true to their mainstream selves to a point; the changes that were evident were still really interesting and not too out of left field. (I'm a bit worried that one classic couple won't end up together due to an age difference [?:], but they're not together in the comics anymore, either. And then there's Kitty and her classic comic love... Not happening here! My jaw kind of dropped when I saw him in his new form, btw.) The art was beautiful, unlike a lot of OEL manga I've read. (Which usually have great stories but the manga art seems a little "off.") And the art inside matched the gorgeous cover! Shojo fans who don't even know about the X-Men will like this and I think X-Men fans who are willing to read it with an open mind may like it, too. Like one of the authors said his sister kind of said, X-Men has always been full of "bishounen" to me--'bout time someone treated the story that way! I can't wait for the next volume! I want to see what other X-Men are joining the school.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    A couple of years ago I read Ender's Game, and it almost ruined the X-Men for me. I saw a lot of parallels between the way the adults in EG were training the kids and Xavier's Danger Room, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. As much as I still loved the idea of a school filled with mutants learning to use their powers, molding them into superheroes didn't hold any interest for me. Which is why I'm glad I read this. There isn't anything new in terms of the base story ("Kitty Pryde learns she has A couple of years ago I read Ender's Game, and it almost ruined the X-Men for me. I saw a lot of parallels between the way the adults in EG were training the kids and Xavier's Danger Room, and it left a bad taste in my mouth. As much as I still loved the idea of a school filled with mutants learning to use their powers, molding them into superheroes didn't hold any interest for me. Which is why I'm glad I read this. There isn't anything new in terms of the base story ("Kitty Pryde learns she has mutant powers and goes to Xavier's"), but instead of being a superhero story it recasts everything as high school drama with interpersonal conflict between the students. An interesting twist, and one that would have resulted in a much higher rating if I didn't absolutely hate the artwork. I get that they were trying to go for a more Japanese-influenced story to appeal to the kids who don't read comics but do read manga, but it was just horrible, with Henry McCoy ending up looking like a giant ball of fur and Kitty suddenly gaining giant Pikachu ears whenever she got embarrassed.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a retelling of the X-Men starting with Kitty Pryde. She comes to attend Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters as the only girl in an all male class. She is immediately adopted by the Hellfire Club as their mascot. However the Hellfire club is mostly made up of Magneto fanboys who want nothing more than to enslave humans and rule the world. Kitty, being the nice girl she is, hangs out with them but feels like she doesn't quite fit in. And although she is dating Pyro the hottest (ha ha get This is a retelling of the X-Men starting with Kitty Pryde. She comes to attend Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters as the only girl in an all male class. She is immediately adopted by the Hellfire Club as their mascot. However the Hellfire club is mostly made up of Magneto fanboys who want nothing more than to enslave humans and rule the world. Kitty, being the nice girl she is, hangs out with them but feels like she doesn't quite fit in. And although she is dating Pyro the hottest (ha ha get it?) boy in school she can't help but be curious about the chilly Bobby (Iceman) who won't give her the time of day until she save his life on a school field trip. It was OK and I might read the rest of the the books just because I love X-Men but there was one part that bugged me when one of the guys was rough housing with Kitty and she looked to her boyfriend and asked, "aren't you going to do anything about this?" like she needed a defender. Either Kitty finds the backbone that I know she has (and soon) or I find a new series to read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    This is a lot of fun and what I guess would be called fanservice. The X-men have been turned into a shoujo manga by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman! It's a sweet story too. I'm not much into the X-men but from what memory serves me, this story reimagines Kitty Prydes' first semester at Xavier's School and introduces only a few other X-men, with the climax being Xavier's crippling accident. The book itself is from Del Rey's run at manga publishing, printed American style and the proposed series w This is a lot of fun and what I guess would be called fanservice. The X-men have been turned into a shoujo manga by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman! It's a sweet story too. I'm not much into the X-men but from what memory serves me, this story reimagines Kitty Prydes' first semester at Xavier's School and introduces only a few other X-men, with the climax being Xavier's crippling accident. The book itself is from Del Rey's run at manga publishing, printed American style and the proposed series was cancelled due to Del Rey's abrupt closure of their manga printing house. A cute shoujo for fans of the X-men and a fun look at some early work by the authors who have both gone on to industry-leading work in graphic novels.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ariana Hazzard

    I didn't think I would like this book at first--they took the X-men classic characters, shojo-ed them, switched their allegiances and personalities, and added in a story meant specifically for girl readers. Surprisingly (or perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, really), I loved it. Unfortunately, this is part of a 2-book series and the 2nd book has been cancelled... forever. So I'll just have to wonder what happened and make up my own ending, I suppose. I didn't think I would like this book at first--they took the X-men classic characters, shojo-ed them, switched their allegiances and personalities, and added in a story meant specifically for girl readers. Surprisingly (or perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, really), I loved it. Unfortunately, this is part of a 2-book series and the 2nd book has been cancelled... forever. So I'll just have to wonder what happened and make up my own ending, I suppose.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I liked the story ok, but not the art as much. I'm still new to manga and I know a lot of the male characters look similar, but I had a really hard time telling the difference between Kitty Pryde and her male X-Men friends. I'll continue to buy this series for the library as I imagine it will be quite popular, but I don't think I'll be reading anymore. I liked the story ok, but not the art as much. I'm still new to manga and I know a lot of the male characters look similar, but I had a really hard time telling the difference between Kitty Pryde and her male X-Men friends. I'll continue to buy this series for the library as I imagine it will be quite popular, but I don't think I'll be reading anymore.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Robins

    A fantastic re-imagining of the X-Men with all the right themes, stylistic renderings and motifs from manga coupled with the things that make X-Men stories interesting - being an outcast, the social dynamics of a school setting and cool powers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I liked how Jamie Madrox kind of looked like me. It's funny, because about seven years ago I pitched this same basic book, just featuring new characters rather than remolding the classics. A shojo manga set in the Xavier Academy--glad someone finally got to do it. It was fun. I liked how Jamie Madrox kind of looked like me. It's funny, because about seven years ago I pitched this same basic book, just featuring new characters rather than remolding the classics. A shojo manga set in the Xavier Academy--glad someone finally got to do it. It was fun.

  15. 5 out of 5

    kat

    Nothing short of adorable. I'm very sad the sequel got canceled. I suppose it's not surprising that the cross-section of people who like both X-Men and shojo manga is pretty small. I love it though. Nothing short of adorable. I'm very sad the sequel got canceled. I suppose it's not surprising that the cross-section of people who like both X-Men and shojo manga is pretty small. I love it though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elissa

    I'm a fan of the X-Men movies, so when my youngest daughter picked this up at the library, I knew I had to read it too. I enjoyed it. Fun storyline - even though I didn't like Kitty as the only girl. Great artwork. Looking forward to the next book (so is my daughter!). I'm a fan of the X-Men movies, so when my youngest daughter picked this up at the library, I knew I had to read it too. I enjoyed it. Fun storyline - even though I didn't like Kitty as the only girl. Great artwork. Looking forward to the next book (so is my daughter!).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)

    I actually really liked this manga, very dissapointed the 2nd one won't come out. It seems a total waste to me if the series is only 2-part and they WON'T print the last one. Come on guys! I would have liked to read more :( I actually really liked this manga, very dissapointed the 2nd one won't come out. It seems a total waste to me if the series is only 2-part and they WON'T print the last one. Come on guys! I would have liked to read more :(

  18. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I did not have the problem that most Marvel fans had, most likely because I am a recent fan myself. There was barely any romance, so I am amused by the complaints of the romantic plots. I would tell those people to stay away from Shojo manga, but I myself, love it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    I'm not a big X-Men fan or a shojo fan; I don't read much of either. But I enjoyed this, mostly because I'm a Telgemeier/Roman fan. Kudos, guys! I'm not a big X-Men fan or a shojo fan; I don't read much of either. But I enjoyed this, mostly because I'm a Telgemeier/Roman fan. Kudos, guys!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Three words: I. NEED. MORE!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bridget LaMonica

    I picked up this little manga in a box of books in a fleamarket and was intrigued to see an X-men story manga-style. It's been a while since I've read any manga (I prefer American comics and graphic novels) so I kept this by my desktop to pick up whenever the internet crapped out and I thought (may as well be reading). I shouldn't be surprised that I didn't care for this story because of the medium it's in. In fact, I just bumped it up a star because it's not the books fault that it's a manga. It I picked up this little manga in a box of books in a fleamarket and was intrigued to see an X-men story manga-style. It's been a while since I've read any manga (I prefer American comics and graphic novels) so I kept this by my desktop to pick up whenever the internet crapped out and I thought (may as well be reading). I shouldn't be surprised that I didn't care for this story because of the medium it's in. In fact, I just bumped it up a star because it's not the books fault that it's a manga. It needs to be written and illustrated in a particular way. I do, however, have major issues with the story. Kitty Pryde is our main character and we follow her into her first days at Xaviar's School for Gifted Youngsters. Okay, cool, starting out well, We've got an introduction to the growing pains of being a mutant and the inherent conflict there. She enters the school -- And that's when our problems start. She's the ONLY female students. What? There are no other female mutants of school-age range in the Northeast U.S.? I find this hard to believe. And it's a very shallow way to create a love triangle situation at the school. All the boys want Kitty. Because she's the only available girl. They all posture and flex and fight over her like she's a prize to be won. Ick. Then you've got the obvious abusive boyfriend angle with Pyro, who claims Kitty as his girl and jealously pushes all the other boys away. Then there's the inexplicable retconning so that Magneto and Professor X are headmasters at the school together. This book was not my cup of tea. Your results may vary.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sinclair St. Claire

    Veteran comic book authors Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Baby Sitter’s Club) and Dave Roman (Avatar the Last Airbender) pen this retelling of the X-Men story, rendered in a shoujo manga style by Indonesian manga artist, Anzu. Misfits is a delight for anyone who enjoys shoujo manga and the X-Men scenario (and may appeal to fans of the 1992 cartoon, and the later X-Men Evolution cartoon; which use similar scenarios). It’s fast paced, character driven, emotionally oriented, with action always u Veteran comic book authors Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Baby Sitter’s Club) and Dave Roman (Avatar the Last Airbender) pen this retelling of the X-Men story, rendered in a shoujo manga style by Indonesian manga artist, Anzu. Misfits is a delight for anyone who enjoys shoujo manga and the X-Men scenario (and may appeal to fans of the 1992 cartoon, and the later X-Men Evolution cartoon; which use similar scenarios). It’s fast paced, character driven, emotionally oriented, with action always used to amplify the character building. It recreates the X-Men world in a vibrant manga style similar to the excellent rendering of Twilight by Korean artist Young Kim; using the medium to highlight the emotional reality of the characters over plot or world-building.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This author is going to be at the North Texas Book Festival this March so I decided to buy up any books of hers I hadn't already bought. I absolutely loved this book. I want to use this book to teach students how to read comic books, manga, and graphic novels. I did have some problems differentiating the characters--I'm not familiar enough with the Marvel characters. As an origins story, it's understandable and relateable. I was most disappointed, though, to learn that there isn't a volume two! Th This author is going to be at the North Texas Book Festival this March so I decided to buy up any books of hers I hadn't already bought. I absolutely loved this book. I want to use this book to teach students how to read comic books, manga, and graphic novels. I did have some problems differentiating the characters--I'm not familiar enough with the Marvel characters. As an origins story, it's understandable and relateable. I was most disappointed, though, to learn that there isn't a volume two! The back of the book said one would be forthcoming but it doesn't exist. There was even a summary of the next book. It's not available. Argh!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This was a lot of fun. Seeing everything through Kitty's eyes made sense for the story because of how it was essentially told from the perspective of an outsider. I also really liked that there were some more obscure characters brought somewhat to the forefront. The art style was also really nice (though some of the choices were..... interesting to say the least). I also really liked the portrayals of Storm and Nightcrawler. Seeing them in manga style gave me so much serotonin. This was a lot of fun. Seeing everything through Kitty's eyes made sense for the story because of how it was essentially told from the perspective of an outsider. I also really liked that there were some more obscure characters brought somewhat to the forefront. The art style was also really nice (though some of the choices were..... interesting to say the least). I also really liked the portrayals of Storm and Nightcrawler. Seeing them in manga style gave me so much serotonin.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    i was bored siting at home doing nothing lets see what i have on my bookshelf and i came up on this book i never seen it before but it peak my interest so i started to read the first page and next thing i know is im half way through the book i was like what time is it i look at my clock and it 10:00 pm i was like crap i need to go to bed i have school in the morning . PS.I wonder if there's a part two or more to the book i love it i was bored siting at home doing nothing lets see what i have on my bookshelf and i came up on this book i never seen it before but it peak my interest so i started to read the first page and next thing i know is im half way through the book i was like what time is it i look at my clock and it 10:00 pm i was like crap i need to go to bed i have school in the morning . PS.I wonder if there's a part two or more to the book i love it

  26. 5 out of 5

    Wrennifer

    An interesting shoujo take on X-Men, Misfits embraces the tropes of such and manages to be just different enough from the canon to be extremely entertaining. X-Fans will find delight in these alternative character designs, with some being especially creative.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Julia Bishop

    Like visiting with old friends.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I was a little confused about what was going on with the Hellfire Club in this iteration of X Men, but I enjoyed the story anyway.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Devinne W.

    This was so stupid, so excessively shoujo. I loved it and am disappointed they never finished it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Ryken

    Read this a while ago. Its basically ouran high school host club with xmen. I just couldnt stand this everyone was out of charecter and they ruined my favorite comic book charecter Kitty Pryde.

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