Since I first signed up I have been waiting for some one to pick a book that I was already reading or wanted to give a shot to (Super Girl and Robocop! really!)
I have been reading X-Men Forever since issue one, and although they have not all been winners, for 18 issues (in 9 months) it has been a book that reminded me why I first got into comics. Issue 18 is no exception.
The book opens up with Scott and his son actually having a positive experience together. No mutant hunting machines, no techno organic virus, no crazy ex turning the world into a hellish pit, but rather going for a bike ride so get some breakfast. Do we even know if Cable has ever had pancakes?
A predictable western-type scene quickly follows that where Scot proves that he is the benevolent alpha male of that particular part of Alaska setting up some possible knob touching from that nice waitress.
Then comes the part of the book that I really liked, Havok and Polaris. Between 1993-2007(ish) I was hard pressed to remember why any one ever would have liked these two seemingly whiny, emo, entitled, brats. Claremont reminds us that they are not only scholars, but also sometimes the only two people around that are able (or willing) to tell Scott the truth.
The attack scenes that bring in the series' ongoing major story line is the weakest part of the book, IMO, but again shows that Claremont's team was a team. Scott knew that some one would be there to catch him.
The disappointing part of this issue, for me, is that after allowing Scot to move on, Claremont is now bringing him back to the X-Men, I can only hope that there is some drama upon his return.
This is no X-Men Forever #15 (if this thread had read that, I would have given it a 9/10) but it was an entertaining comic book.
Story - 8.5
Art (the weakest part of this book) – 7.5