Declassified and Cerebra Files scribe e_galston reviews the first act of X-Men Second Coming.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Issues: X-men Second Coming #1, Uncanny X-Men #523, New Mutants #12, X-Men Legacy #235, X-Force #26, Uncanny X-Men #523
Writers: Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, Matt Fraction, Mike Carey, and Zeb Wells
Its the culmination of many years of X-Men Stories, that started in Messiah Complex. Its the end game for the X-Men, Hope and Cable have returned, and the forces of humanity are determined to kill all mutants.
The X-Men have always been "feared and hated" by humanity, but this storyline takes that concept to the extreme. The return of Hope, last seen by the X-Men as a baby, sets into motion various attacks on the X-Men. These attacks and their results are both heart wrenching and exciting at the same time.
Plot threads that have been building since Messiah Complex came to a head in this storyline. The secretive X-Force are not so secretive anymore, causing dissension in the most staunch of X-Men, Nightcrawler, with a reaction that was spot-on. It's a long-held belief that the X-Men "don't" kill, and when long time X-Men find out that this isn't always true, they aren't happy. The reactions on the faces of Colossus, Psylocke and Nightcrawler are perfect while they watch X-Force rip through the various attackers.
The writing is fantastic, and the characterization is spot-on. The writers are able to utilize continuity very well. Whether it be referencing Rogue being healed by Hope, in Messiah Complex, leading to a special connection between the two, or all the characters reactions to the "big" death in X-Force 26. The issue following the death, Uncanny #524, was incredible, and seeing the emotions on the faces of the various X-Men was heartbreaking for this long time X-Men fan.
My one issue with the crossover was the use of Greg Land as the artist on X-Men Legacy. His artwork was jarring when compared to the other artists. In the first page alone I spotted figures that he has used in the past. This really brought me out of what was a well written issue.
That one problem aside, the first act of Second Coming has been amazing. It's definitely the reason I go to the comic shop every week. This is a must read for anyone that has a passing interest in the X-Men titles. Even the two "tie ins" that are out now, X-Factor and X-Men Hellbound are must-reads.
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