This is the new comic of the week … for the first time in more than a month. I used to try a comic series I’ve never read before every other week and evaluate it both on quality and how easy it is for new readers. I haven’t read the X-Men series much since Curse of the Mutants (issues 1-6), which was just ok (The series went downhill after). The series switched writers at issue 30, but I haven’t felt compelled to try it until now.
This issue was actually very good. While there isn’t much action, there is a lot of plot development and a lot of fun interactions between Storm’s team members. Pixie’s occasional obliviousness is funny, Domino’s comments are entertaining and everyone seems to be well written here.
According to the recap page, Storm’s team failed their last mission badly, and they’re trying to track down a DNA sample that they tried to destroy in the last issue. This DNA sample could apparently be used as a weapon against the mutant race. Despite this, Cyclops wants nothing to do with this mission, further showing how cold he has become. They end up tracking the sample to a cult lead by a war criminal, and while the cult isn’t well defined yet, it’s still intriguing. The cliffhanger isn’t all that crazy (if you haven’t read the previous issues) but it’s still amusing.
My only complaint with this issue is the art. It’s not that bad, but some of the character’s faces seem a bit odd. The sides of Storm’s face seem to point outward in the middle, and there’s very little detail in general. Psylocke also looks very ugly in several panels.
This comic is an easy recommendation. It’s a fun setup for the next issue and there are plenty of great interactions. The recap page tells you everything you need to know.