I hope the feminist comics fan community doesn’t hate me for this, but I thought this issue was kind of bad. The novelty of having an all-female team of X-Men has worn off, and what’s left is a pretty uninspired, standard superhero story that ends in clichéd fashion. It’s not enough to have diversity (although this book isn’t actually that diverse, it goes too far the other way) when the story is no good.
In the first issue, Wood reintroduced Sublime and introduced his sister, Arkea, and set up what could be a really exciting, powerful villain, and here, she’s defeated way too easily and the X-Men save the day. Now of course, Arkea probably isn’t actually defeated, and she’ll be back sooner rather than later, but still, it was anticlimactic.
The best scenes in this issue were the smaller, character stuff, like Jubilee interacting with her ‘son’ Shogo. The reason this book should work is not because the cast are women, but because they are great characters with long, rich histories, and stuff like that is where the real quality comes. I also much preferred the scenes at the Jean Grey School, where Kitty really got to shine, and show why she’s the Headmistress, and also seeing more minor, student characters like Bling and Pixie get some more spotlight. It’s a shallow thing, I know, but I particularly liked Pixie’s hat.
I don’t want to bash this book, because I like Wood and the concept of an all-female team is good, but without Olivier Coipel I think I would have really hated this issue, I just love his art, it’s just so clean and exciting, perfect for widescreen superheroics. It’s a shame he’s already off the book, but the replacements lined up in David Lopez and the Dodsons are great too. I hope the ‘Battle For The Atom’ crossovers help improve this title, and perhaps give it a little more focus. It feels to me like this book is coasting along on a wave of ‘yay, women characters!’ without really doing anything special to merit praise, I know Wood can do better, and I hope he can.
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