Brian Wood’s adjectiveless X-Men has been wonderful from the start. Even though it’s an all-female X-Men team, it doesn’t feel like it. It just feels like a classic X-Men book with a good mixture of action, character development and fun. It’s unfortunate that Wood’s story had to be interrupted by Battle of the Atom, but now we’re back on track.
On a side note, I’m choosing to ignore Brian Wood’s harassment scandal as there are conflicting statements on either side. Until anyone knows for sure what happened I’ll give Wood the benefit of the doubt.
The book opens with Lady Deathstrike returning after a long absence. She was last seen in an X-Men book fairly early in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force run, having tried to bomb Utopia. I think she was also in Remender’s Secret Avengers, but I’ve long since forgotten everything that happened in that series. I’ve never been much of a fan of Deathstrike, but her resurrection in this issue could very well bring a great new direction for the villain. She’s merged with the heiress of a large company, both in body and mind. Her story is intriguing and it’s nice that she’s not obsessing over killing Wolverine too much.
The rest of the comic is mostly about two newcomers to the X-Men team, Karima and Monet St. Croix. Karima was once known as the Omega Sentinel, but her tech was disabled during the first storyline in Wood’s run. Now she’s more or less human again, yet still chooses to fight alongside the X-men. Monet and Karima connect almost instantly in a nice little scene, having similar experiences as of late.
This comic does a great job at introducing a new storyline, the new teammates and villains, while continuing the drama from the first story arc. There isn’t a lot of superhero action, instead giving us a break after the chaotic event from the last two months. More action is sure to come with the next issue. The only real problem is that Bling’s sub-plot is starting to feel a bit silly and pointless, but considering it takes up less than a page it doesn’t hold the book down much. The art is also good, but not flawless. It’s also a bright, colourful book that’s pleasing to the eye. Some of the characters look a bit too similar though, and there isn’t a whole lot of fine detail.
Wood’s X-Men is back to its own storyline, and it’s a welcome return. It’s easily the best X-Men book of the week, and possibly the best of the month so far. All X-Men fans should give this series a chance if they haven’t already.