Wednesday, December 23, 2015

All-New X-Men #2

The newest volume of All-New X-Men continues to focus on the time-displaced X-Men from the past and the friends they have made in the present. Issue #2 gives us more of X-23 (renamed Wolverine now) and Angel's romance, but it's primary focus is to catch up on the younger Cyclops who feels trapped following the death of his older self.

After hiding for weeks without using his powers Cyclops unleashes his power to fight off a group of young mutant thugs causing trouble under the name the "Ghosts of Cyclops." The use of his powers not only allows his friends to finally locate him but also gets the character thrown into prison for his role in destroying the local library.

Although I really enjoy the scenes of Wolverine and Angel together, I'm having a difficult time buying into the new All-New X-Men. The younger, whinier Cyclops proves far less interesting than the character Marvel Comics decided to kill off. The result is a gaping hole within the X-Men universe that no amount of shuffling teammates will cover up.

As to the storyline, the Ghosts of Cyclops aren't that interesting and the increased hatred of mutants outside Austin, Texas where Iceman finds some new friends paints a bleak world view I don't have interest in returning to month after month. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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