GLX reviews X-Men: Schism #4.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer - Jason Aaron
Penciller - Alan Davis
Inker - Mark Farmer
Colorist - Jason Keith
The events of Schism #1 have launched the world into turmoil, and the all-new Hellfire Club is ready to take advantage of the chaos. But when the survival of the mutant race is on the line, just how far will the X-Men go? Once a line is crossed, there's no going back. The event that promises to tear the X-Men apart at their very core continues, by writer and Marvel Architect Jason Aaron, and superstar artist Alan Davis!
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99
"Everyone, look at me. You know how many sentinels I've blown up over the years? More than I can count. We can beat this. So long as we stand together."
Usually, the "big event" comics that are consistently published by Marvel and DC tend to aim for mediocrity. Of course, I suppose the quality of these comics are diminished by the notion that writers can change things...to a point. X-Men: Schism #4 continues the trend, except it is excellent.
Jason Aaron manages to keep the sentinels' menacing, yet quiet presence in check, while making the characters feel real. What I think makes it work is not what Aaron writes, but what he does not write. There are speechless scenes with Cyclops that pack a punch without a word in sight. It is a nice change of pace considering that some writers would have handled those scenes differently. They would like be filled with such lines as, "I'm giving it all I got" or "I hate to fight Cyclops, but I can't stand by and see him ruining these kids' lives." When it comes to writing, sometimes silence is golden.
Penciller Alan Davis teams up with frequent collaborator Mark Farmer to deliver some great art. In the scene where Cyclops is trying to destroy the sentinel from Utopia, Davis does an excellent job of showing Cyclops' power and exhaustion. The reader can feel that Cyclops has put every ounce of energy into destroying it, which makes the sentinel's movements all that more powerful. I will say that Rockslide and Anole's faces look a bit odd. They just do not look right on the page. Jason Keith handles the colors and he does a great job of making Davis and Farmer's work pop off the page. His use of reds, yellows, blues and blacks give a visual edge that other colorists might not have been able to give the comic.
Years from now, the X-Men will likely come together again without division. For now, Aaron and company are doing a great job shaking up the X-Men with script and art that delivers the goods. Easily, the event of the year.
8* out of 10*
Review by: GLX
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