My thoughts on the first two issues of Death of X are mixed, and this issue is no exception. My main complaint is that, whether this mini ends up good or bad, it should have come out a year ago. We’ve heard so much about how Adult Cyclops did something terrible, and now he’s dead, and after this issue we still don’t know what this evil act of his actually was.
Co-written by Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire, this picks up exactly where the last issue left off. The last issue ended both with the Inhumans knocking out a whole bunch of people to stop a riot, including Storm’s X-Men team, and Emma Frost contacting Magneto to kick start their plans. The first event obviously starts an argument between Storm’s X-Men and the Inhumans, with adult Iceman being ever so immature, starts a fight while Storm and Crystal are both trying to talk it out first. Up to that point the comic works just fine, as does Emma Frost’s somewhat vague conversation with Magneto.
The rest of the comic is Cyclops’s team beginning their plans. He doesn’t do anything too dark in this issue, but there’s talk amongst the others that he’s planning something that disturbs some of them, yet they’re working with him anyway. I’m not sure what to make of that. Until this thing that cyclops is planning happens, it’s hard to judge whether it’s in character or not. That’s what makes this whole terrigen mist storyline so frustrating, and the more they delay a proper explanation, the harder it is to care. Just get on with it already.
The art is handled by Aaron Kuder and Javier Garron, and I’m not sure which pages are drawn by who. For the most part it’s good though. In the opening pages, Emma Frost’s expression looks somewhere between determined and fatigued. Magneto looks a bit younger than he should, but otherwise he’s as intimidating as ever with his cold expressions. There’s a lot of background detail when their needs to be, like the flipped cares and fires in the background when Storm’s X-men are waking up, and the impressive amount of metal that Magneto throws around when he enters the fray. There are five people credited for colouring, but at least when I flip through, it’s consistently bright and colourful in external day scenes, while it’s dark and mysterious in darker environments, most notably Magneto’s base.
I’m still not sure what to make of this series, besides the fact that I’m growing bored with this terrigen storyline fast. If it still interests you, this mini-series is at least worth checking out, but I’d wait and see what people think of the last issue first if you haven’t been reading this mini yet. Either way, I’m strongly considering skipping the whole X-Men vs. Inhumans event. Considering I have yet to skip out on an X-Men event, even Black Vortex, that’s saying a lot.