Saturday, May 23, 2015

Amazing X-Men #18 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

I really enjoyed the Juggernaut arc, but, man, this "epilogue" is just not good.

First, Cain apparently views Charles as some sort of saint that saved him, and he's decided that he's using his new souped-up powers to kill Cyclops to avenge Charles.  Didn't Cain spend most of his life trying to kill Charles?  I mean, yes, he had that brief period when he was an X-Man, but, seriously, "brief" is the operative word in that phrase.

Then, Colossus challenges Cain, and Yost plays up the fight for yucks, with Colossus realizing that his friend were right that he tried to play martyr too often.  Sure, it was funny, but Yost portrays it like Colossus was suicidal as opposed to him two or three times making sacrifices that any self-respecting hero would have made.

Then, we have the ending.  Colossus destroys the cliff where he and Juggernaut are fighting, and Cain falls into the water.  That's it.  Apparently, all you have to do to defeat Cain is throw him in the water. Honestly, he has the most power that Cyttorak has ever given anyone, but he can't manage to emerge from the water in time to go after Colossus again?  Plus, the X-Men are so confident that he's helpless that they just leave him there, despite the fact that he's pretty much threatened to kill all the X-Men and now arguably has the power to do it?

You should probably skip this issue.

* (one of five stars)

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