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X-Men #2 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on June 28, 2013 AT 08:06pm

The all-female X-Men team has returned for their second issue, and the story of John Sublime and his sister meeting the new team of Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Kitty Pryde is just getting under way. With a strange virus taking over the body of Sublime’s sister, the team, along with the child Jubilee brought to the team to help, are now fighting with Sublime to stop the now transformed woman, who is threatening to destroy the world. You know, simple X-team stuff.

This story is still kind of confusing, and with the second issue now established, this is looking like it’s going to be a problem. The all-female team is an amazing idea and the characters included in the team are some of the best characters to ever be placed in the X-Men roster. The issue with this story thus far is that it’s not making a whole lot of sense, and hopefully this will be remedied by the end of this first arc.

Writer Brian Wood is well known for his writing skills, and his work on creator owned books such as The Massive has been terrific thus far, but there seems to be little to no real grasp on how to write and X-Men story. This is something that can be fixed with a story more suited to the introduction of an X-Men team, with less aliens and more mutants or other more familiar style villains.

The artwork of Olivier Copiel, Mark Morales, Scott Hanna (inks),  Laura Martin, Matt Milla and Christina Strain (colors) is beautiful, but inconsistent. There are to many pages where the characters and the scenes look far too different from panel to panel, despite having just one person on pencils. There may just be too many people on the art team, or it may just be the way that Copiel’s artwork rings through in this book.

Summary: This is a book that has a lot of potential, but with only one issue left in this first arc, it’s in danger of becoming a problematic X-title. There is a great team, a superstar creative duo and the potential to tell some amazing stories, but this first arc is just not really grasping what could really become of this terrific team.

Pros: Solid artwork, amazing roster.

Cons: Confusing story.

Grade: C+

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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