Words Max Bemis
Pencil & Inks Michael Walsh
Colors Ruth Redmond
Letters VC’s Clayton Cowles
Marvel Database finally updated this series, I had already bought this issue on my own. I have to go back and get the third issue as Kitty is mentioned in it. I must have overlooked that when I was skimming the comic. So I’ll review that issue once I own it, which should be the next time I’m at Hastings.
In the preceding issues, Mystique and the Brotherhood have tried to recruit Bailey. Last issue, Magneto captured Bailey.
This issue opens with a classic X-Men baseball game. We see Colossus, Cyclops pitching (which he must be great at), Kurt, Storm and Wolverine up at bat. We see Kitty, in that bottom panel. That’s who I think it must be, Marvel Database doesn’t list her. She is wearing a long sleeve yellow shirt with brown shorts.
We don’t see Kitty again, which made me think that it was a miscolored Jean but she’s wearing a strip shirt and black shorts. Plus their two hairstyles are different so it must be two different characters.
Bailey, the star of this series, comes marching up to Cyclops. Since Bailey has never been on Kimmel, his opinion isn’t worth as much. Jean states that baseball games are only for the proper X-Men.
These pages have all been a dream sequence of Bailey’s. Mystique and Magneto are pitching their side to Bailey, who isn’t really listening. Mystique punches him to his face and he wakes up, back at the school.
I do like Magneto’s comments about how identifying with the minority isn’t so special anymore. Every minority now has representation in the media and it isn’t hard to get media attention, as social media has made it so that everyone has a voice.
Juggernaut is trying to escape from a bank robbery, the siblings we saw from the first issue are now called “Rags & Riches” Rags being the sister and Riches, is the brother. He can turn things to gold, and I don’t recall her deal.
Bailey, who has a crush on Rags, jumps on Juggernaut’s head. Just as a reminder, Bailey has the mutant power to explode like a nuclear missile but he can’t reform after that so that’ll be it for him.
Riches isn’t impress with Bailey. Also on this mission is Miranda, she snaps her fingers and a giant well is created under Juggernaut and he falls to the center of the universe.
Riches explains that Miranda’s power is to make things disappear, he isn’t impress with her either. He whispers to Bailey that he has no chance with his sister. The two get into a fist fight that Bailey doesn’t win. Storm lightning strikes Riches’ hand, which seems overly harsh as that can cause permanent damage. At least a senior X-Man was on site for a Juggernaut fight. The two boys are sent to the principal’s office, which is Xavier in Cerebro. Xavier gives a nice speech about how they only fight because their time here is limited so they might as well do some good while they are here.
Bailey is moved by Xavier’s speech, as we watch Xavier die. Bailey turns around and sees Xavier’s dead body. I knew this wasn’t in continuity but it really isn’t now. Apparently Riches has another power that we will get into next issue.
Well, I won’t as Kitty isn’t in that issue. Once I get the third issue, I’m done. Which is weird, as this was published as a digital comic first. So I’m not sure why there was a delay between issues as they already had the comic, someone only had to click on the “publish” button. Anyone know what happened there? Seems super odd.