Writer Dennis Hopeless
Penciler Mark Bagley
Inker Andrew Hennessy
Color Nolan Woodard
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
I got this, just for Magik being on the cover.
We start All New X-Men’s second era. Secret Wars 2015 fixed alternate universes (except for Spider-Gwen’s) but not the time travel nonsense – so the Original Five X-Men, are still with us. The four boys, are in this title. They upgraded from Jean to All New Wolverine, X23. Idie and Kid Apocalypse are also on this team. The team, at this moment, are separated, having their own fun.
Vail, Colorado. Wolverine (I’m just going to call her that) and Angel are enjoying skiing. A sport, living here in Helena, Montana – I have no interest in. Angel keeps saving her, even though she can take care of herself. She annoys her but he’s trying to be a good boyfriend. Not a respectful boyfriend but a good one.
Eastpoint, Florida. Beast calls Angel. Hank is watching Genesis (I really don’t like calling him – Kid Apocalypse – it is clunky and such a long name) rassle with an alligator. There is going to be an upcoming Apocalypse crossover, so Genesis (real name, Evan) is most likely going to be important and soon. Hank and Genesis are on there way to Austen, to pick up Bobby – then they will be heading to Warren and X23 in Veil. Neither group has heard what Scott has been up too.
Of course, in eight months – they haven’t heard from him but now that we have caught up with them, they are going to hear from him. Funny how that works.
Hank has set up a Cerebro, so that it isn’t dependent on a telepath to operate. Once Scott blasts a dude, they should be able to find him.
Chicago, Illinois. Scott has become quite the researcher. There is a group of punk teenagers, known as – Ghosts of Cyclops – that are running around, making fools of themselves. They arrive on scene, distract people and steal whatever they can carry – while wearing Cyclops’ mask – the one with the big red X where eyes should be. Scott has track their movements and they should be arriving to the cafe that Scott is eating lunch at.
A cute blonde gal, Marla, starts talking to Scott. She needs a picture with him, as her mother will freak out that she is in the city, by herself. Everyone at the cafe gets hit by a truckload of water. The six ghosts are all teenage mutants. They are sloppy and untrained, which makes it easy for Scott to toss a few of them around. He is so used to working within a group, that he leaves his blind side open and they press an attack. While Scott is down, they run off. The Ghosts of Cyclops, don’t have much experience with anyone standing up to them.
Scott picks up one of their wallets. Marla runs over, super impressed with him. She makes the fatal mistake of besmirching Cyclops’ name – going as far as to say why anyone would want to have Cyclops’ face (she means his mask) but this offends Scott. He walks away like a sad sack.
Austin Texas. Hank has caught up to Bobby, who is making a giant ice sculpture of the Thing. Bobby hasn’t been laying low, he met a guy the other day and made an armadillo statue – the city loves Bobby. How long can an ice sculpture last in Texas? Austin is super mutant friendly, which more cities should be.
Hank and crew have been driving around in a trailer but it is bigger on the inside.
Algar University, Outside Chicago. The ghosts recognize Scott, one doesn’t forget the dude who elbowed you in the face! They follow him to the library. Scott googles the kid’s name and the Internet provides him with everything. Scott still can’t believe how far the world has come from the 60s (or 90s – whenever).
Mark Bagley, I should type, is amazing and I’m glad I’m able to read another issue of his again.
The guy, Austin Deprez, has found Scott. Could we not get the city of Austin and a new character named, Austin, in the same issue? Come on, Hopeless! Deprez has the power to eject water from his throat – so that’s disgusting. Deprez’s mutant name is, Thirst – it isn’t horrible. The Ghosts have Scott on the ropes. This old librarian tries to hit one of them with a chair. Thirst is about to wail on him when Scott takes off his sweet red sunglasses. With that, Scott blasts him some dudes!
This sets off the alarm for Hank’s Cerebro. Hank opens the mini-fridge and the rumors are true – Hopeless has introduced a bamf, named Pickles – the team’s teleporter.
All of this blasting, and tired Scott and he collapses on the ground. Sadly, he didn’t take out any of the ghosts, so they pick him up and leave.
Before they can get out of the library, the All New X-Men arrive! Including Wolverine and Angel – who still has his Black Vortex upgraded powers.
Not really sure if I’ll be getting additional issues but this one was pretty good.
Idie did nothing this issue and I barely recognized her when she did talk.