Finally, a story worth actually spending time to read! This was an extremely well written story, if a bit jumbled on the whole timescale aspect. I don’t know what Morrison was doing in earlier volumes, but this one really came together quite well. And the artwork was fantastic! I have always enjoyed Marc Silvestri’s artwork from the first time I encountered it in Witchblade, and his style really gave this story the push over into remarkable. This book was well worth the read!
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Still a lot of soap opera in the story, but at least this one had an actual plot or two outside of the soap opera. One was a murder mystery that was never truly solved, though I suppose that will come in a later volume. The second story was more of an action brawl, though there was a lot of the Scott Summers whining and moping going on at the beginning. All in all the stories were not that bad. What really sucked was the lousy artwork. I know that each artist feels a need to express some individuality, but that took things a bit far, to the point where some characters were only identifiable due to iconic elements in their outfits. Had the artwork been better I would have given it a full 4 stars. Yes, the artwork was that bad, and it cost a full star on the review.
I am normally a big fan of X-Men stories, but this volume seemed a bit disjointed from where I remember the prior volume stopping. The writers seemed to go out of their way to turn this into more of a soap opera than a super hero book, and that made following the primary story thread rather difficult. Frankly, the primary underlying story thread was murky at the best of times and only loosely tied things together. When I finally got to the end of the volume it felt like it didn’t even belong to the story we had been following, and what was clearly meant as a high climax point seemed more of an afterthought since it never seemed to have a real connection to the underlying plot. I am really hoping that the writers don’t make the same mistake with the next volume.