The Siege of X-41
A Marvel: School of X Novel
by Tristan Palmgren
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Pub Date 17 May 2022 | Archive Date 22 Apr 2022
Aconyte Books, Aconyte
Once, Joshua Foley hated mutants, then he became one. It’s… problematic. When his healing powers manifested, the violent anti-Mutant Reavers rejected him and only the X-Men offered sanctuary. Now he’s surrounded by mutants who still see him as their enemy. A deep-sea training mission isolates him with a select team of new X-Men, which is bad enough, but then the attacks begin. A sect of sea monster-worshiping vampire mermen besiege the base, leaving them stranded and trapped. As the attacks escalate, their chances of survival plummet. Things go from awful to even worse when one of their team begins sabotaging their attempts to call for help, all in the name of a sleeping behemoth soon to awake…
A Note From the Publisher
“This book is bangin’! If you miss Domino from our run, she’s back, with a great espionage/thriller take. Tristan Palmgren nailed it!”
Gail Simone, author of Domino and Hotshots
“An action-packed blast of balletic violence and snappy dialogue with an unexpectedly thoughtful, psychological core… All told it’s tremendously entertaining and compulsively readable, with a wonderfully strong voice and fresh identity all its own.”
Track of Words on Domino: Strays
• Season announcement Dec 21
• Cover reveal Feb 22
• eARCs w/ NetGalley 3 months out
• Cross-promo w/ Marvel
• Web-adverts on pop culture sites during publication month
• Facebook Live interview w/ author on publication
• Co-op with Ingram
• US Book Show title (May)
• Featured in ALA stand (June)
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• SDCC advertising in July
• Social media promo & giveaways w/ influencers
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Average rating from 12 members
I've been a fan of Tristan Palmgren for a while. I loved Quietus and Terminus and when I heard that Palmgren was writing original Marvel Comics novelizations that was right up my alley. I hadn't had the opportunity to Domino: Strays but when I saw the Siege of X-41 on Netgalley I knew I had to wish for it.
Ultimately, I really enjoyed the book. One of my favorite parts was getting to see old characters that I know and love from the comics and adaptations (The Stepford Cuckoos are always my favorite not-so-vaguely spooky sometimes villains and sometimes anti-heroines and have been since the X: Men Legends II video game.) I also enjoyed getting to know characters that were newer to me like Anole and Elixer. Palmgren did wonderfully at characterizing all the characters in this book and made them all standout.
I also really loved Palmgrem's use of settings in this book. One of the best themes of this book was Elixer's constant feeling of being out of place and the process of him getting flung from the School just as he's barely starting to get it figured out to the underwater setting felt super authentic and made Elixer a relatable character. Elixer's struggles with his background as a member of the violently anti-mutant Reavers and the work he needed to do to earn the trust of the mutants he was now forced to be with was also a really relatable struggle and it made this book feel immensely real and authentic.
In conclusion, I loved this book and I'm definitely going to go back and read Palmgrem's Domino": Strays to see what he does with one of my favorite sometime-members of the X-Force now.
If you’re not a fan or have a fear of the deep sea, you may want to skip this book, but it would be a shame because it’s gripping in its tale as they work to find out what’s going on in the underwater station.
The book reminded me a lot of the horror film “The Thing” though not as bleak, and definitely with awesome mutant powers.
It’s also about accepting oneself for who you are and making that choice.
All in all a great addition to the Marvel books from Aconyte.
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