Characters Appearing: Hotamitanio, Mirage (Dani Moonstar), Mist
Marvel Comics Presents #121 (Mirage)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #121 (Mirage)
But she's feeling distracted, and she's soon captured by a guy that says it's time for her to go home.
While Mist fights him...
...Dani summons her spirit lance to pop his bubble. But Dani stops Mist, not the other guy. She identifies him as Hotamitanio, a Cheyenne god. He says that she's betraying her heritage by being a Valkyrie.
She stands up to him, saying that she may be Cheyenne but she's also a Valkyrie. He relents and allows her to remain in Asgard as long as she promises to go "home" eventually. I'm a little unclear if home means Earth or someplace that the Cheyenne pantheon resides. But for now it doesn't matter, because Dani doesn't really intend to leave any time soon.
There's a nugget of an idea in here. I feel like Dani becoming a Valkyrie is something that was never really explored, and the fact that she's Cheyenne by birth in addition to being an entity from Norse mythology is potentially an interesting conflict. If Dani said that she didn't want to be bound by her genetics or something like that, it would be an interesting statement, but the truth is that Dani has always been proud of her Cheyenne heritage, so the fact that she's become a Norse Valkyrie is something that maybe she should spend some time justifying. But this story addresses that with a hand-wave. Most of it is Dani practice-fighting Mist and then Mist fighting Hotamitanio. Not an economical use of the 8 allotted pages. And Joe Madureira's art is nice but his Dan Moonstar is practically unrecognizable. So the whole thing just feels like fluff.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Which is odd because Dani did "go home" shortly after this (X-Force #27) and claimed that she was "ejected from Asgard." (Methinks that might have been Nicieza once again not actually reading the plot he's vaguely referencing.)
Posted by: Jon Dubya | May 20, 2016 2:11 AM
"And Joe Madureira's art is nice but his Dan Moonstar is practically unrecognizable."
Fnord12, you must not have read a lot of X-Force, because this is generally how Dani Moonstar looks in the 90s X-books (in fact add a face mask this is pretty much her exact costume when she returns in X-Force.)
Posted by: Jon Dubya | May 20, 2016 2:20 AM
I don't think Nicieza was referring to this story- I think he actually did have an idea to explain why Dani was thrown out of Asgard but Jeph Loeb tossed aside all of his plots when he took over X-Force and never bothered to explain anything.
Posted by: Michael | May 20, 2016 8:19 AM
Jeph Loeb tossing stuff aside? That's unheard of.
Posted by: AF | May 20, 2016 8:30 AM
Well, aside from a costume she's never worn before and her chest that has expanded(Asgard food beats implants?) yeah, Dani looks on model. Seriously, her face is fine, but otherwise, it's a different character than the one Bret Blevins drew. Which is fine for for 90's. But it's interesting that her mutant power is barely touched upon.
Posted by: Brian C. Saunders | May 20, 2016 9:15 PM
I can't stand that guy's art. Never have. Plus, his work is responsible for more untalented cheap awful imitators in the nineties than Lee and Liefeld combined.
Posted by: Adam Dale | June 29, 2017 8:31 AM
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