This issue starts in a familiar manner. Kitty Pryde is talking about dancing when Storm shows up to talk to her about rejoining the X-Men. It’s reminiscent of her first appearance, and was a great way to open the issue. But Kitty has spent a lot of time apart from the X-Men. When Storm takes her to their new base in Limbo, Kitty makes the conscious decision to help them out—now, she is essentially leader of the X-Men! It’s time for a new generation to step up, and Kitty Pryde is a great choice to guide it. There is another smaller plot line in this issue, and we see glimpses of Weapon X and others therein. The stories are, however, perfectly placed together to create one coherent issue.
There are three writers on this one issue. It’s a risky move to have separate writing styles come together, but Guggenheim, Pak, and Bunn are all clearly on the same page here. The X-Men are admitting that they have no idea what the future holds. Storm herself says they’ve focused so much on surviving today that they’ve forgotten about tomorrow. This issue really lays out some intense ground work for the series. The X-Men have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. We don’t fully even know the dynamic between the “new” group, so it’ll be interesting to see how the members therein work together.
The script is really fluid, and moves along at a stable, comfortable pace. Some of the pages are text-heavy, but it honestly doesn’t feel much like an abundance of reading because of the way the issue is laid out.
The incredibly talented team of artists on this issue has done a brilliant job of keeping us both interested and entertained. The artists play around with the panels a lot, layering them on top of each other, using up gutter space, and creating absolutely mesmerizing splash pages. This is an insanely interesting issue to look at alone. Visually, it’s stunning, beautiful, enticing, appealing, detailed, fun, and damn near perfect.
The characters’ designs are realistic enough to where we can tell who is who (even in true mutant form), with a subtle mix of correct anatomy and imaginative creation. Each character is also given rather emotional facial features, so we can easily tell what they are feeling even before the dialogue kicks in. Not to mention, the plenty of colorists really add life, vibrancy, and feeling to the script.
This is a great story for any X-Men fan. After just escaping the threat of extinction, the X-Men are trying to figure the future out and preserve what Professor X created so many years ago. Taking time displacement and general hesitance into account, it’s not going to be easy… But with Kitty Pryde at the forefronts, there pretty much isn’t anything that the X-Men can’t accomplish. I’m ready to take this journey with the mutants! If you are, too, head to your local comic book shop and pick up this gem!
Written by: Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak & Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by: Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk & Guillermo Ortego