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X-Men #3 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on August 1, 2013 AT 08:34pm

The finale to the first arc of the brand new X-Men title has arrived, and with the third portion of “Primer” now in tow, it’s looking like the all-female X-Men team finally has something going for it. While the first two issues left something to be desired in either artwork, plot, or both, the finale brings the hope of conclusion and finality.

This issues sees the finale of the showdown between John Sublime and the X-Men roster of Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Storm, Rachel Summers, Psylocke and Rogue and their nemesis, the parasitic techno-organism known as Arkea. The last two issues have been a convoluted story of Arkea’s rise to power, coming into control of host Karima Shapandar, as well as basically destroying the entirety of the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning without even breaking a sweat. This third issue brings forth the conclusion of this battle, and unlike the last two issues, forms a cohesive finale that, while not giving a reprieve to the last two issues, does wrap this arc up nicely, getting the team ready for their next inevitable challenge.

Brian Wood is a terrific writer, and the last two issues didn’t really put that on full display. This issue, however, shows off his ability to put together a cohesive plot that really wraps up a particular story. While he didn’t really go over the top or show the top-tier talent that he has, his work here really put a dent in making up for the muddled plot of the first two issues, wrapping up the arc in a coherent and mostly entertaining way. This first arc as a whole stands as a mediocre start, but this issue really helped prevent it from being terrible.

Olivier Copiel and his art team of Laura Martin and Mark Morales went a step above as well with this issue. The smaller art team seemed to really help the consistency of this issue, with everything looking much better than the previous. The colors and line work really popped, and while there are some moments where things don’t look as they should, this is a vast improvement from the previous installment, which saw consistencies galore. Keeping the three person art team may really help the book as it goes on, especially if it remains as it is in this issue.

Summary: A vast improvement in all forms, X-Men #3 takes the end of the arc and lets it finish on a high note, doing its best to make up for some of the confusing and inconsistent elements of the first two issues. Wood, Copiel, Martin and Morales do an excellent job righting the ship here, and hopefully this will remain, as the premise of the book is terrific, and it would be a shame to waste that element of the title.

Pros: Strong Improvements In Artwork And Story

Cons: Ending feels a bit sudden.

Grade: B+

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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