The first issue of Death of X was a mixed bag. On the one hand, the Inhumans’ scene was kind of fun. On the other hand, the X-Men half of the story is the perfect example of everything that’s going wrong with the franchise as of late. In Death of X 2, their scenes start to blend together more, so it’s harder to figure out who wrote which scenes.
Co-written by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule, this issue picks up sometime after the first. The opening scene seems perfectly reasonable, even if a touch odd. Storm and Medusa act like proper adults who are trying to figure out how to make everything work for everyone. It’s weird that Medusa doesn’t know that the terrigen mists might be harmful for mutants, but that’s not a huge issue. As soon as Cyclops steps into the picture though, the comic goes downhill fast. Using all the psychics with him, he sends a message to everyone on Earth, straight up lying about how dangerous the terrigen mists are.
It’s fine to warn mutants that it’s potentially deadly to them, but to tell everyone that it’s harmful to humans when there’s absolutely no evidence is just nasty. It also feels very out of character for him, especially considering his rather optimistic speech at the end of Brian Michael Bendis’s run. Although mutants like Storm, Magik and Colossus end up looking alright, it almost feels like this comic is trying to put the X-Men as a whole in a negative light while making the Inhumans look innocent.
The art by Aaron Kuder is good. There’s a general smooth, clean look to everything, with a decent amount of detail in larger images and close-ups. The length of Medusa’s hair seems a bit exaggerated though. Although they’re usually fine, body poses occasionally look a bit stiff during action scenes. The colouring by Morry Hollowell and Jay David Ramos is also good. The comic is bright and colourful as a whole.
Death of X 2 has the same strengths and weaknesses as the first issue, but now that the X-Men and Inhumans sides of the story are more meshed together more, it drags the whole Inhumans half of the story down. There isn’t anything all that surprising about the story, and considering we’ve known the general outcome for about a year now, it feels like this story is too late. The art is good, but the comic is mediocre overall. Unless you’re really interested in seeing what happened to Cyclops, I wouldn’t recommend this.