This issue serves as almost a deleted scenes of last week’s issue of All-New X-Men. We see the same conversation between Cyclops and the staff of the Jean Grey School, but at the same time, we see the psychic conversation that Emma Frost is having with the Stepford Cuckoos, and how she manages to convince them to join her side. This was not only interesting, but it managed to delay the shock revelation about which member of the original team joins Cyclops’ side to the end of this issue. As for that member, it’s not who I thought it would be, it’s original Angel! I was so sure that it would be Jean Grey, but this is cool too, he’s been the member of the OG X-Men that has been the most uncomfortable with what’s been going on, and here’s me theorising, what with Jean fiddling with his brain a few issues ago, there’s the possibility that he’s there under her direction. I’m seeing OG Jean being the overall villain of this story somehow, like she becomes Phoenix or something.
Maybe I’m crazy.
Either way, Angel being on Cyclops’ side is very cool indeed. Along with these exciting developments, there’s also some good character stuff with the new recruits, which is a lot of fun. These characters are all brand-new, and Bachalo draws them differently from Immonen, so it was useful to get a more focused look at each of their personalities and powers. I thought the scene between Tempus and the shape-changer was very well-done, how he changed very subtly. But wait, there’s more! Something’s up with Magik, she warps to Limbo and back for no real reason, it’s weird. She’s been the character that’s seemed least fucked-up by the Phoenix so far, but obviously, that’s not the reality. Bendis’ X-Men continues to just excellent comics, he’s rejuvenated, and so is the franchise.