Thursday, October 31, 2013


Seriously, I'm totally Team Kitty/Rachel here.  I thought Wood did a great job of having them take a moment, realize just how crazy everything had gotten (while eating leftover Chinese food), and decide to do something about it.  In fact, it took me a minute to remember that it's a perfectly natural thing for them to do, since they're closer friends from their "Excalibur" days than we've recently seen them portrayed as being.  (I'd love to see Colossus and Nightcrawler appear to help!)  Given Rachel's experience as a time-displaced warrior and Kitty's role as the original X-Men's mentor, it makes sense that they're the two X-Men who want to make sure that the kids aren't returned to their own time against their will.  Moreover, Wood plays up this tension in a really fun way; I loved seeing Kitty come into her own and tell Storm where she can shove her "orders."  Wood is having the two of them assert themselves against the senior X-Men not in an adolescent way, but in an adult way, demanding to be treated as the equals that they now are.  It's a great way for Wood to use the event to play up a storyline that he's already been pursuing here, namely Rachel's disapproval of some of Storm's decisions.

Moreover, Wood takes full advantage of the chance to show us original Jean and original Scott together, just the two of them.  Given how rocky their relationship has been since they arrived in the present, it's adorable to see their attraction to each other and significant to see them getting closer to one another.  (I loved Scott being willing to get shot in order to talk to Jean about his feeling, a sign that Wood really understands sixteen-year-old boys well.)  Finally, given that they couldn't call Excalibur, I, too, would've called the Brotherhood.  That revelation felt right to me, as did everything else here.  After three issues, this cross-over event just continues to go in surprising directions, but ones that feel organic.  It's been a long time since I've read an event this good.

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