Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Salvador Larroca
Colored by Frank D’ Armata
I bought this issue just for the two pages Kitty shows up for.
She brings Colossus some art supplies and a letter while he is in prison. It is done very well, Hopeless captures her character nicely, Larroca draws her nicely and D’ Armata’s coloring gives the entire book a nice realistic feel.
Other things happen in this issue like it starts with Wolverine escorting Colossus to prison. Colossus is there for what X-Force did in previous issues, but he really is there due to him wanting to repent for what he did during AvX.
Because of losing the Phoenix force, his powers are broken. I really like how the art team displays how his powers are in flux. Not sure if it is all D’ Armata, like I had first thought, but it could be a combination of him and Larroca as I’m not sure who draws the metal stripes that make up the actual power aspect of Colossus. The flux power, from panel to panel, really gives these sections a nice kinetic feel. I really get the impression that his armor form is appearing and disappearing on its own. It is very interesting how it is done.
There is also a whole section of the comic wherein Meltdown is running around in what can only be described as barely a bikini. Which I feel bad as I don’t view Larroca as one of those cheesecake artists. I’m sure he will have no problem selling those pages in the Original Art sector.
It makes story sense, in that, she is trying to trick young dumb soldiers to let her into the prison, but I just don’t read comics for T&A. It is one of those times, when I’m rereading the issue for this post, that I was hoping my wife wasn’t going to walk in on me reading those pages.
Meltdown is breaking into the same prison that Colossus is it. She and Domino are trying to break out an alien under Cable’s orders as he got a new vision.
Issue ends with Cyclops wanting to speak to Cable, which sounds like a cool cliffhanger.
I did not buy the next issue, mostly just been skimming the issues to see toif Kitty or Magik appear or are mentioned.