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Andrea K Höst

Australian writer of science fiction and fantasy.
Madame Xanadu, Vol. 1: Disenchanted - Matt Wagner, Amy Reeder, Richard Friend This first volume of a series amounts as an origin story for Madame Xanadu, from her original identity as Nimue, to her final resolution to help people with her powers of foresight.Art-wise, very interesting, some lovely pieces.Plot-wise, I hated it. Nimue/Xanadu is a seer of immense naivety, ineffectually butting up against history's events but apparently without any ability to understand the participants. She has an opponent of sorts, The Phantom Stranger, who occasionally shows up to manipulate current events to ensure they go the way which most benefits 'Order'. Truly one of DC's most annoying characters, he goes on about not interfering, while interfering.I have two more volumes of this, which I will read, but I'm hoping more than anything that Madame Xanadu becomes someone less ineffectual and more palatable now that we're past this origin tale of her being constantly used and manipulated (mostly by men).