Story by Brian Wood
Art by Olivier Coipel
Review by Mara Wood
X-Men #2 is a stunning example of a well-written and drawn team book. It is, in a word, flawless. Sure, I may be biased towards books with a strong female cast, but that does not overshadow the fact that the female cast is absolutely perfect in the delivery of the story. Regardless of your comic book preference, you may find that X-Men is your favorite book.
Arkea, an ancient, mind-controlling bacteria, has taken residence in Karima Shapandar’s body. The Omega Sentinel is at the mercy of Arkea, and Arkea wants nothing more than to bring the Jean Grey School down. Through her manipulation of technology, Arkea brings the school to its knees.
That is, until Rogue, Lady of Bruising Villains, shows up to delay the process. From there, it is wonderful to see how Wood conducts this team. Kitty, Headmistress Sublime, has containment and protection of students in mind. Rachel, The All-Seeing (yes, I will be making up personal nicknames for each character in this review), keeps everyone in line. Betty, The Knife at the Throat, takes care of the prisoner Sublime. Storm, Goddess Supreme, makes the tough calls. And Jubilee, The Heart, is our door to the team.
It truly is something special when you see a team of heroes work so beautifully together.
X-Men delivers on its promise to be a well-rounded book. From wonderfully orchestrated fight scenes to touching dialogue, X-Men is sure to remain a top seller at Marvel.
X-Men #2 continues the same feel as the first issue (which, as you know, was the top-selling book for May). Wood and Coipel are off to an amazing start with this series. Let’s hope the party never stops.