Yep, it’s time once again for the X-Men books to join together for yet another crossover, but I’m much more pumped for this one than I have been for a lot of the other ones. This is mainly because I’m already reading all of the books involved in the crossover, so my wallet is only adversely impacted for 2 one-shots, and also because, with the exception of Brian Wood’s X-Men title (which is still good), all of these books have been amazing lately, and it’s going to be brilliant to see them all come together and for this time-travel stuff to really get crazy.
This opening issue of the story is mostly set-up for what’s to come, but it was still very enjoyable nonetheless, as Bendis handily recaps the recent status quo of the various X-Books, delivers some great action and hits us with a great ending. The book opens with an introduction to the fact that this book is all about the future, as Magik travels forwards in time to see if things turn out well or badly for the X-Men. I think you can guess what the answer is there.
We then head to the Jean Grey School, where Kitty Pryde and her team of time-travelling original X-Men are sent on a mission to stop a newly powered-up Mutant from destroying Phoenix. Of course, things get more complicated, as those pesky Sentinels get involved, and then Cyclops and his team show up to help out. I was surprised to see that these two teams were so willing to work together, but I guess Kitty Pryde is nowhere near as antagonistic towards Cyclops as Wolverine is. This fight sequence was a lot of fun, especially because it’s drawn by Frank Cho, who is simply one of my favourite superhero artists. I feel he’s unfairly pigeonholed as a cheesecake perv artist, and whilst he does draw very hot women, he also draws very hot everything else, and I loved that Bendis gave the new Mutant in this issue the power to create dragon monsters, nobody draws better dragons than Frank Cho.
In the midst of this fight, something crazy happens, Young Cyclops is killed by a Sentinel! Yep, killed. This causes adult Cyclops to disappear from existence, which is worrying. But fortunately, one of the blank space that was formerly Cyclops’ new recruits, Christopher Muse, has healing powers, and he brings OG Cyke back from the dead. This was a great scene, not only does it get across just how powerful Christopher is, but it also shows the consequences of the original X-Men being here in the present day.
Because of these shocking events, the modern day X-Men decide to send the original five back to the past, only before they do so… some X-Men from the future show up! This development was spoiled by the cover, but still, it was cool to see, and these future X-Men look very cool. There have been a lot of dystopian future characters in X-History, so they have a lot to live up to, but I trust Bendis, Aaron and Wood.
This was a great starter to this crossover, it has great art, great action, it niftily catches up new readers with the vast array of characters and points of view that make up the X-Men universe these days, throws in a curveball, and wraps everything up in some great Bendis dialogue. I can’t wait for part 2. Wait, what’s that? It’s out this week too? Well, let’s get on with it then…