*** (three of five stars)
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Amazing X-Men #14 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)
This issue is probably the only "Axis" branded issue that I've read that really does something interesting with the premise of the inversion of the alignments of heroes and villains. Although everyone else may be confused by the events that happened in Genosha, Mystique is way too savvy not to put two plus two together. But, she not only knows that she's been inverted, but she also knows what Kurt's inversion would lead him to do, namely seek revenge on the people of his village, the ones that first made him an outcast. Moreover, it's the presence of her maternal instinct (due to the inversion) that even gets her to worry about Kurt in the first place. It's also fascinating to watch Kurt play Mystique's role as the detached member of the pair. Yost plays it perfectly, with Kurt still caring on some level (as Mystique has occasionally shown herself to do), opening the door to Mystique winning by confessing that she loves him. By switching the roles, Yost is able to get some truths about the characters. We should be seeing a lot more such truths with this event, and the fact that we're not means that Yost deserves all the more credit here.