** (two of five stars)
Monday, July 20, 2015
E is for Extinction #1 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)
Although Burnham does his best, this issue did little more than remind me how unlikable all the characters from the Morisson era of the X-Men were. It's oddly Emma, Logan, and Scott -- three of the most unlikeable characters in 2015 -- that provide the emotional core of this issue, as they struggle with their waning powers. Meanwhile, the brats that Morisson introduced -- Angel, Basilisk, Dust, and Quentin -- have thrown in their lot with Magneto, becoming the dominant X-Men team. Scott seems determined to dethrone Magneto, though I'm not entirely sure why. After all, Magneto has renounced his segregationist ways, successfully convincing humanity that mutant abilities are simply a genetic advantage, like being good at math. (I loved Beast essentially running a fertility clinic.) Sure, he and the brats kill people on occasion, but his school is clearly the wave of the future. Scott seems more motivated by a need to find faded glory than anything else. I'm giving this issue two stars, but it's really a comment on Morrison than it is Burnham.