E_galston reviews the next chapter of Second Coming.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Greg Land
The situation continues to worsen for the X-Men, but for readers the story keeps getting better. As Mike Carey shows once more that he can write the X-Men.
Bastion's plan goes one step further this issue, as he encapsulates all of the bay area in an energy sphere. The X-Men try everything they can to get through the sphere, but it is all for naught. Worried that San Francisco is nearing meltdown, Cyclops takes a team into the city. On route they encounter Bastion's endgame, as an army of Nimrods emerge from the a portal near the Golden Gate Bridge.
This issue wasn't action packed, but it was full of small character moments. I especially loved Toad questioning why all the X-Men were leaving Utopia instead of protecting the citizens. The moments devoted to Cable and Hope were powerful, especially when she decides to stay and fight.
I liked the appearance by the Avengers, setting this story firmly into the Marvel Universe. The dialogue between Thor and Spider-Woman was a nice touch; as was Bucky recognizing Dr. Nemesis.
Artistically this issue was alright. The small moments were where Greg Land did his best work. I loved the page where the Avengers appeared.
As mentioned earlier, Mike Carey did a great job writing this issue. The character interactions were spot on. Even though he only wrote about two pages worth of the Avengers, I'd love to see what he could do with them on a larger project. Mike Carey truly knows the Marvel Universe and it shows in this issue.
This issue is a MUST BUY for readers of both the X-Men and Second Coming. I'd also recommend it to Avengers fans, just for small appearance of the brand new team.