Monday, April 27, 2015

All-New X-Men #39 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

First, when did Nova arrive?  As far as I can tell, we haven't seen him in this event, but he appears in Peter's ship heading to Hala.  WTF?

This issue hews closely to the cross-over event rulebook, with the group now splitting into three separate teams as we enter the middle act:  Kitty leads a group to save the kids at the Spartax orphanage (presumably from attackers trying to draw out Peter), Peter leads a group to Hala to save it from Angel, Beast, and Gamora (and try to convince them to help attack J'Son's fortress), and Scott takes Bobby and Groot to the Spartax moon to try to distract the Slaughter Squad so the other two teams can take off safely.  It's a pretty solid plan (except for sending two teenagers and a talking tree to take on a group called "the Slaughter Squad," but I digress).

Bendis does a good job of making it about more than just hitting the usual marks as we build to the conclusion.  We've got a number of star-crossed (pretty much literally) lovers in bad places worried about saying good-bye:  Kitty and Peter, Jean and Scott, Laura and Scott.  Moreover, Corsair (wisely) isn't thrilled with the idea of Scott going to confront the Slaughter Squad.  It adds a tension to the event that it has been missing, since it's pretty much been the usual jumble of characters randomly interacting.

The big question here is how exactly Peter is going to manage to convince Angel, Beast, and Gamora not to be genocidal maniacs.  It was easier said than done when he didn't know that they were destroying Hala.  Now, it's pretty clear that charm along isn't going to do the deed.  Moreover, Thane seems to be haunted by a devil (or actual demon) on his shoulder pushing him to embrace his father's murderous ways, making it clear that Peter may think that J'Son is his only problem, but he'd be wrong.

Again, I can't say that I exactly see why we needed this event, but at least it's getting interesting.

*** (three of five stars)

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