Good news. My local comic shop actually received its order this week, as well as last week’s order. I’ve got a bit of catch-up reading to do, but until then, let’s talk about this week’s comics. And because I only picked up four, let’s skip the first impressions post and go straight to reviews.
I read the first issue of Phoenix Resurrection before this one, and most of what I say about this one will also apply to the first. This comic is weird. There isn’t much clarity on what’s going on, but it appears that adult Jean Grey’s been resurrected for a while and just didn’t’ know it. Somehow, neither did the X-Men. The comic mostly cuts between her scenes of working an ordinary job while dealing with unusual personal problems, and the rest of the X-Men figuring out what’s going on with the Phoenix Force. Saying much more about the story would both spoil things and it would probably confuse me further.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg does a good job embracing the weird storytelling with some good character moments and a lot of hints to what’s going on. Reading this comic a second time made a little more sense, leaving me with the impression that this mini-series could benefit from multiple readings. There are nice little references, like Scott’s return being mentioned almost passively, a familiar looking “Erik” referring to Jean’s old teacher, to which she asks “Mr. Claremont”? And despite the very large cast of characters, it seems like everyone is at least close to their proper characterization. With all that said, I’m not sure how to describe the overall quality because of how weird and confusing the storytelling is at this point. It’s clearly intentional, so I won’t count as a bad thing.
The art by Carlos Pacheco is great. There’s a lot of detail in pretty much everything, like Jean Grey getting ready for work in the morning, complete with the lovely backgrounds of a seemingly upper-class neighborhood (weird considering Jean Grey is working in a café). There are also all the various outfits among the X-Men, and the sparks flying around after Cable tries to use Cerebro, only for it to overload. Facial expressions mostly do a great job at conveying emotion, like Erik’s warm yet somewhat suspicious look and Jean’s fatigued look when she’s in the kitchen of the café. Although there are a couple goofy looking smiles. There’s also the nice touch of a couple more creative names in X-Men history on a couple taps behind the counter in the Café. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colouring enhances the art with a bright and colourful overall look and brilliant use of shading and reflections.
Do I know what’s going on in this comic? Nope. Am I enjoying reading it anyway? Yeah. At this point I’m not sure what else to say. If I were to guess, a lot of what’s happening is unintentionally caused by Jean Grey’s abilities. Whatever the case, if you’ve been waiting for Adult Jean Grey’s return, this mini-series is definitely worth checking out.