In the first issue of this series, Kitty Pryde settled into the newly refurbished Xavier Institute in Central Park with the rest of the team. Her X-Men responded to an emergency situation at the United Nations headquarters, only to find that a new group of mutants were behind an attack of epic proportions…and their fun is just getting started.
In this issue, we come to find that the group calls themselves the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. A little to-the-point, but appropriate nonetheless. This group has sparked a species war between the Homo sapiens and Homo superiors. They perform two attacks in 24 hours and take New York City’s mayor as a POW. In the fighting, Logan is captured by the group, but, come on—it’s Logan, so he escapes and tips off the X-Men on the group’s location. Will they get there in time to save the mayor?
There is a lot of negativity in this issue. We knew Homo sapiens were scared of mutants, but now they’re taking things to a whole new level, talking about deporting mutantkind out of the U.S. There is an all too real connection this issue has with the real world, if you know what I mean. I can’t help but find parallels between mutants and minorities, and Rachel Grey says it best in this issue: “State-sponsored racism.” Needless to say, this issue, no, series, no, mere concept is more than relevant. And Guggenheim draws influences from what we see on the news today.
Guggenheim’s script is incredibly fluid. There are no pauses, no confusion, no stumbling through this issue. It’s a smooth, steady ride until the end. Not only is the character interaction natural, but the characters themselves are some of the most sympathetic. Granted, I love the X-Men so I’m a little bit biased, but we can see so much pain in their lives, so much worry, fright, panic—and it’s quite unsettling. But without saying much of anything, the X-Men have got us on their side. Their mission of showing mutants as safe people in the general public has never been so crucial or difficult. With so many forces working against them, I have no idea how they’re going to bounce back from the Brotherhood’s actions, but if anyone can lead them to victory, it’s Kitty Pryde. The whole team is actually acting as a team, and they have their sights set high.
Ardian Syaf’s illustrations perfectly fit the tone of the story. The line work is clean for the most part, but using lines for shading makes things look really gritty—which makes perfect sense, especially in the midst of a battle between the X-Men and the Brotherhood. The environment, the backgrounds, are both realistic and detailed, making for a more believable and urgent storyline. We can sense the urgency not only in the script, but in the characters’ actions and surroundings. The entire issue looks really dramatic, especially with Frank Martin’s realistic and generally dark colors.
This is an amazing issue that does a great job of setting up the rest of the series. Even if the Brotherhood is just getting started, so are the X-Men.
Written by: Marc Guggenheim
Illustrated by: Ardian Syaf