Now that the Academy is closed and the direct AVX tie-ins are over, this series is again focusing on its core cast. Despite that this isn’t an AVX tie-in, Christos Gage makes several humerous jabs at the event anyway. After three story arcs full of guest stars and minor characters taking the spotlight, it’s nice to focus on the main Academy kids again. This issue is well worth the wait.
After the kids split off into different groups, Jeremy Briggs brings them back together to witness his attempt to cure both Mettle and Hazmat. His true plan isn’t quite as innocent as it first seems though. There are a lot of good character moments in this issue, from Finess and X-23 searching for somewhere to belong, to Lightspeed and Striker searching for fame. The issue’s cliffhanger is fairly intense – you’ll probably have no idea what’s coming up next.
The art is also better than usual for the series. While most backgrounds are still almost non-existent, at least the characters and immediate environments are well drawn. It’s nice that X-23 is finally out of the bra shirt and into a new uniform – a fairly decent one too.
This issue is an easy recommendation, either for longtime readers or anyone who’s interested in a self-contained story about teenage superheroes. There isn’t much dialogue or focus on the new academy kids, but that’s a good thing in this case. Personally, this is my favourite comic of the week. Everything you need to know is on the recap page.
This is also my last review for the week. I’ve been working so much this week and I’m too mentally tired to write another full review. I should have more next week.