Even though the time travelling original X-Men didn’t exactly help prevent the breaking of time, they haven’t had any stories exploring it yet. This issue fixes that as the four original x-men remaining at the Jean Grey School face off against a temporally displaced Doctor Octopus. Throw in a confused Superior Spider-Man and young beast trying to pick up chicks, and you have a great concept for a comic. Thankfully, the comic does its concept justice.
This comic mostly takes place from Hank McCoy’s perspective. The comic opens up with the four X-Men (Angel being with old Cyclops at the time) exploring modern day New York. It’s a nice little scene of them being overwhelmed by the crowded streets and sensory overload. They end up splitting into two groups. Hank and Bobby walk into a park, where Hank notices a girl. Watching him awkwardly trying to talk to the girl is great. He stumbles his way through embarrassing dialogue, only to impress her the instant she learns that he’s a mutant. Their scenes together are kind of charming – I almost hope to see her again after this.
But this comic’s real highlight is the team up between the four X-Men and the Superior Spider-Man against the time displaced Dr. Octopus. The action is fun, and the banter between them is hilarious. Spider-Ock’s comment on “clone Jean Grey” is gold.
The art is simple, yet it’s a nice mix of new and old styles that really works. Classic Octopus’s appearance is very similar to his old appearances, yet he’s not the least bit out of place here. The only real problem is that Jean Grey’s hair seems to spontaneously grow as soon as she puts on her X-Men Costume. Also, where’d they get their costumes from? Did they run away, get changed and then come back to the fight while Octavius was tearing up the streets? They probably should have just fought in their street clothes. That’s the only real problem with the art though.
This is actually the first part of a 3-part mini-series, the next part involving the Hulk. Even on its own though, it’s an entertaining comic that’s well-worth its $5 price tag. I’d recommend this to X-Men fans and Spider-Man fans alike.