Words Max Bemis
Pencil & Inks Michael Walsh
Colors Ruth Redmond
Letters VC’s Clayton Cowles
So Bentley has become a student at the Xavier Institute. Last issue, Mystique tried to recruit Bentley to her side. He turned her down but not before she kissed him, while taking a picture of it. So now she has some blackmail material and wants him to kill Xavier.
Issue opens with Wolverine lecturing Bentley’s class. In a fun sight gag, the chalkboard is full of teams students can join including All New, Super New and Kinda New. The strategy to a winning X-Team is – a big guy, a hot chick and Wolverine or someone who looks like him. He goes on to lecture about how unassuming mutants are typically the ones that are chosen by demons and become ultra-powerful. He also talks about how Xavier is constantly giving multiple chances to people who don’t deserve them, such as Mystique.
Bentley asks about the X-Men themselves being given second chances. Such as if Rogue went naughty one day, which Wolverine wouldn’t have any problems putting her down.
At a Mutant Youth Outreach Seminar & Mixer. Bentley and Rags & Riches are hosting a table for the Xavier School. I like how they are the least visited table. Who would want to join the X-Men when their house and all of their shit keeps being blown up?
Bentley introduces himself to Miranda, in a few fun scene. Neither of them have parents in their lives, she lives at a shelter. I really like how Bentley takes a stab at Macklemore, and how (like me) Miranda likes Macklemore. What is great is that Bentley totally recoups with a throwaway line.
Miranda’s powers are that she can make things not exist. Bentley asks if it is like a Kitty Pryde-type thing, which seems odd. Her power isn’t that she can make things disappear unless he means simply by phasing things under things or inside objects but that seems like a stretch. Then again, he probably doesn’t really know Kitty.
Miranda shows off her power, everyone at the mixer disappears and only she can Bentley remember that people were even there.
In the Danger Room, Miranda shows off her powers to Beast. We get a great one page explanation of how these omega level mutants don’t go out of their way to just undo all of reality or destroy the planet as easily as their powers would allow. Beast says Miranda is an omicron-level mutant, something he just made up.
Miranda will join the school, but only if she can be on the same team as Bentley. But she already has an X-Uniform, so she must have signed some paperwork.
On their mission, Rags & Riches are fighting off a horde of Brood. Riches gets hungry and demands Bentley to get him a slim jim. This is all Bentley can offer as he can’t do anything and Miranda (who is also on the mission) can do too much. So they just sit back and hang out.
Issue ends with Bentley having to clean the debris of the battle. Magneto pulls Bentley towards him, across city blocks and he wants to have a chat with the young man.