X-Men 3 review


The last major title in wave 1 of Marvel Now is off to a great start. Brian Wood’s X-Men 3 concludes the storyline that started two issues ago in a satisfying way – with a lot of action utilizing the strong team work the X-Men are known for. This might be my favourite comic of the week.

So far, the adjectiveless X-Men series is an all-female team, yet it still feels exactly like an X-Men book should. The action is split into two parts – the Jean Grey School, with Kitty Pryde leading the students in battle against the school’s hacked danger room protocols, and in Budapest, with the rest of the team facing off against Arkea (a powerful being who can possess and control technology). The story isn’t very deep and neither is the solution, but since it only lasted three issues that’s not a problem.

The character work is where this issue truly shines. The school scenes utilize the X-kids better than Wolverine and the X-Men has for a while – Bling is especially awesome on that front. These scenes also have plenty of humorous dialogue that manages to feel genuine. The team dynamic carries the feeling that the X-Men truly are a family, and that each member cares about each other. Jubilee has some especially interesting development here, dealing with the baby she’s “rescued” and assigned herself to take care of. She only has a few pages, but these pages are used very effectively.

The art is also generally good. There’s a great use of backgrounds and environmental detail that helps move the story along. The page that takes place “Way high up” looks great in particular. Facial expressions are generally well done, from suspicious glances to the fairly emotionless hosts that Arkea is possessing. The only problem is that sometimes characters look bored when they shouldn’t.

If you’re an X-Men fan in general, you should be reading this book. It feels like a classic X-Men story. It’s entertaining, the characterization is spot-on and it’s self-contained. What more could you ask for?

Also, the reason I haven’t commented on The Wolverine is that I haven’t had time to see it yet. The joys of working straight 11 pm shifts.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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4 Responses to X-Men 3 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    I have also not seen The Wolverine. I’ll probably just rent the DVD.

    This is great. It’s interesting that Bling was used, considering what a minor character she always was. But Wood makes really good use of her. Wood and Coipel especially shine in everything to do with Jubilee and Shogo. It’s one of the most touching plots running in comics right now. And how amazing is the line, “His name’s Shogo Lee. Don’t wear it out.” That is such a Jubilee thing to say.

    Great issue.


    • eightbitbrit says:

      Wait for the DVD?? What?! It was a pretty good movie.
      I like when Jubilee told Shogo she was going to reserve him a twitter handle, myself 😉


      • xmenxpert says:

        Yeah, but I’m cheap. It costs too much to go to the theatre. And I have no one to go with, anyway, unless I want to go with my mom. No thanks.

        I’d planned on watching Iron Man 3 in the theatre, but kept putting it off until it was too late. The Wolverine, I just don’t really care enough.


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