Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Frazer Irving
I have to admit that I liked Irving’s style a great deal more this time out than last time. Glad he got another chance. Most likely because he’s drawing real people instead of demons. I can relate to that.
Seems to me that the foundation has been built and now Bendis can tell his revolutionary story.
Magik training with Tempus is cool. Shows the danger of not only knowing what your powers are, but also not even knowing your limits.
An interesting choice Irving makes with the layout with the Magneto texting scene. I don’t blame him for wanting to draw the classic Magneto, as the all white suit still isn’t doing it for me, either.
Glad someone included the real conversation in the text as I had no idea.
I liked the Magneto / Maria Hill scene. Both really are in character.
Hopefully with Battle of the Atom, that people don’t forget Dazzler is in a closet and five years don’t pass and no one notices.
I do like the idea of college students liking the X-Men. I never have understood the whole “because they are mutants, we hate and fear them” story point. Like, to the general public in the Marvel Universe, is there really that much of a difference between the Fantastic Four and the X-Men? If a new hero comes onto the scene, does the press wait for confirmation that the new hero is a mutant or not? Why would anyone say mutant then?
That’s sort of why I liked in recent years that the X-Men went from being a racial metaphor to a persecuted minority metaphor. Whatever you are, be proud of who you are and what makes you unique in this world (unless you are a Colossus fan, of course). If I was living in the state of Montana, but the Marvel Montana, I probably be more annoyed with the whole super community at large. The news would be constantly following their exploits. Your favorite shows will be constantly being interrupted with urgent bulletins. DVD sales are probably high in the Marvel Universe.
Mutants shouldn’t also have to lie about who they are. I never understood either why its okay that a 16 year kid got bit by a radioactive spider and that’s okay but a 16 year old who’s X-gene kicked in is now a problem. It’s biology, there’s nothing that kid did or done that caused the gene to become active. I can see why if you are a mutant, you would want to pretend you are not and just tell people that you got expose to some cosmic rays or something like that and just go on being loved by the public. But that isn’t right, be mutant and proud, that’s what I say! Well, Magneto then Mystique said it in the First Class movie but now I’m typing it too. Magneto, Mystique and me, yeah, that’s a good team to be a part of. Shouldn’t have to lie or fake who you are just because another group of people can’t handle who you are. Especially if all you are doing is living your live and not even talking or interacting with those people. Those people just don’t like a concept and you happen to be near by and that isn’t right.
Back to Scott at the college. Nice character beat with him getting caught up in his own speech. I like that he probably had a couple sentences in his head but because they teleported there, he doesn’t have much time to rehearse at all.
Blockbuster Sentinel is added to the mythos.