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This review was originally posted at Guerrilla Geek.
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Billy Tan
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover Artists: Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend
Variant Cover Artist:: Morry Hollowell
Production: Mayela Gutierrez
Assistant Editor: Sebastian Girner
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The decisions have been made and the X-Men have split, one group siding with Cyclops and his vision of the future and the other group following Wolverine to re-start the school.
“Am I Evil?”
Writer: Joseph Harris
Pencils: Tom Raney
Inks: Scott Hanna
Letters: Jon Babcock
Assitant Editor: Pete Franco
Editor: Mark Powers
Chief: Joe Quesada
What Its About: All those who are searching out Cyclops and Apocalypse come together as they all find who they are searching for, but who will be the one to help Cyclops and Apocalypse find their way back to themselves?
Thoughts: It seems like all the players have made themselves known to one another with this issue. Even Caliban shows up to play the ever loyal servant and friend, Even as we get ready to go into the last part of this miniseries, I’m still waiting for something to hint at the big X-Men conclusion to this storyline. Cyclops and Apocalypse are alive. This we knew would be the case. Despite what’s going on in the core X-Men titles, big characters like these two you don’t kill. If Cyclops’s sacrifice of himself to save Nate Grey was the end of it all, then I would have been satified. But even reading that happen I knew we hadn’t seen the last of these two characters.
Harris is a great storyteller. Despite this issue being late, I still had the last two issue in my mind and knew exactly where this issue was picking up. Like I said, Harris is a great storyteller, and you have to be one if you can keep a reader interested after a month or so of being late on an issue. Harris is making me very curious about why we have to be taken back to Apocalypse’s birth place in this issue. All will be revleaed in the last issue of this miniseries, but I’m still curious on how things are going to turn out.
Let’s look at one of the biggest highlights of this miniseries – Tom Raney. Raney is one of those artist that needs an ongoing series of his own. His work on Stormwatch was incredible and his work on Mutant X and the core X-Men titles could put him at the top of the list of great X-Men artists. Raney needs to have a chance to show the fans what he can do, and if its placed as part of the rotating artists on Uncanny and X-Men then that will have to do for now. But, I do hope to see him back on a quality ongoing series in the near future.
The Verdict: This miniseries is the final part of a very long storyline of the Twelve, Apocalypse, Cable and the entire Summers family. If you’re a completist you should be checking this series out. If not for the story, then Raney’s art alone would get me to buy this miniseries.
“One Tin Soldier Rides Away…”
Story : Scott Lobdell
Pencils : Leinel Francis Yu
Inks : Mark Morales
Colors : Liquid! Graphics
Letters : Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Saida Temofonte!
Assistant Editor : Pete Franco
Editor : Mark Powers
Editor in Chief : Joe Quesada
What Its About: Kitty returns to lay to rest her fallen comrade and to say her good-byes.
Thoughts: Its hard to say to some folks that you get a but misty eyed while you’re reading a comic book. I mean, come on, its a comic book. Kids read these things, how sad could they be?
Imagine you’ve been reading about these characters for the last year. To see Colossus give up his life in order to save those around the world who suffer from the Legacy Virus. You would think that was a very noble and heroic action. You would be right on the mark there, but imagine if you’ve been reading about these characters for ten years… fifteen years… or even twenty years.
Scott Lobdell will always be one of my favorite writers. He’s definitely one of my favorite X-Men writers behind Claremont and Byrne in their primes. Needless to say I was looking forward to Lobdell’s run these next couple of months. The latest issue of Uncanny X-Men blew me away not because of the issue. No, it was because one of those characters I’ve been reading about since his bar room brawl with the Juggernaut had given up his life in order to save those from the fate of his sister. Sacrifice. That’s all it was and it was a sad thing to see and to read, but it made sense.
This follow-up issue to that let’s you know that Colossus won’t do one of those classic ‘from-the-dead’ returns in the grand old Marvel fashion. No. He died a true hero, and the folks at Marvel respect that decision by Lobdell.
We get to see Kitty page in the pages of X-Men finally. Its been a while since she disappeared in X-Men #100. Where’s she been? What’s happened in her life since then? Right now, we don’t know. But what we do know is she’s tired. Not just physically tired, but mentally and emotionally. The life of an X-Man isn’t an easy one and this X-Man has had her fill of it all. She returns in this issue not to make a grand X-Men return from the abyss, but to simply carry out one of her best friends last wish to be returned to his homeland.
Lobdell writes a very emotional history and final decision by Kitty and her future in the form of a letter to Xavier. I really don’t think the things that needed to be said her could have been done with any differently without losing the humanity and true emotion that needed to come from an situation like this. And let’s not forget what we ‘see’ from Leinil Yu.
Oh, no, you can’t turn a page without seeing Yu’s true quality returning to the pages of X-Men. Its good to see him finally making it back from the way we have been seeing his work this past year or so. Yu is definitely one of the high caliber artists in this industry, and one of the X-Men’s best when he’s at his best. I’m not sure what we’ll see from Yu once he leaves the X-Men, but his work was appreciate while he worked on Wolverine and the X-Men. Good luck, Yu, you are really appreciated by your fans.
Before I leave you with this review, I do want to take a look at the beginning of the next chapter of the X-Men’s lives. We’re not done with the Neo yet, and Magneto’s on the horizon. The epilogue of this issue shows that in some very.. um, effective panels. Magneto may have finally gotten to his breaking point as Xavier did when he wiped Magneto’s mind back during ‘Fatal Attractions’. Look for the heat to get higher and hotter with the upcoming ‘Eve of Destruction’ storyline.
The Verdict: As you close this issue you feel a chapter end a new one begin. If you’re a long time fan of either Kitty of Colossus, I recommend this issue highly to you.