Review by Shawn De Ocampo
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Ben Oliver & Mike Choi
The latest issue of X-Men: Divided features Cyclops and the White Queen preparing to face their teammates in the recently transformed 60â€™s era of San Francisco. Interestingly, Emma (the White Queen) breaks through the psychic barrier to discover that the weaken and battered Martinique Wyngarde (Mastermind), along with 3 former hippies manipulating her, is the source behind the transformations. They are reliving the past. In response to this discovery, Emma directs Cyclops to blast the building next to him, the hiding place of Mastermind. A stunned Mastermind escapes. As a result, the people behind this scheme get lectured about what they have done wrong.
Meanwhile, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine continue to fight Omega Red in the Red Room located in Russia. Nightcrawler finishes the fight by teleporting Omega Red high above them, dropping him through the building, and rendering him unconscious. Cyclops calls Wolverine, requesting all of them to return home.
In the Epilogue, Mastermind does not know how she escaped to another part of the city. Here she is approached by a shadowy female figure, who informs her that she saved her so she can join the sisterhood to prepare for the arrival of the X-Men.
This is a decent issue. It definitely serves as a filler arc before the big changes next month. Ed Brubaker did well by giving us a straightforward plot, while setting up the X-Men to operate out of San Francisco. Further, Omega Red was quite enjoyable and definitely more frightening than the 90â€™s version. Yet, the plot was developed rather abruptly, specifically seen with the mayor shoe horned into the story in order to give X-Men a reason to move to San Francisco. Yet it must be said that Ed Brubaker has improved a lot since his initial run. And it is inevitable that the addition of Matt Fraction will only help Ed Brubaker get better, a la Iron Fist.
The art was interesting, as Ben Oliver did the San Francisco storyline, while Mike Choi handled the Russian. This was the first time Iâ€™ve seen Ben Oliverâ€™s style since he was introduced, and although it fit the tone, it seemed a little disjointed when side by side with Mike Choiâ€™s scenes. Speaking of which, as per usual Mike Choi did lovely artwork, but it would have been nice to see him try to match the bright and colorful San Francisco. Unless of course the artists were trying to emphasize the vivid stereotypes of the two countries involved, United States â€“ bright, rich, colorful, and Russia â€“ dark and gloomy. If thatâ€™s the case it was cleverly done so.
Posted originally: 2008-06-30 15:38:32