Thursday, July 28, 2011

X-Men Schism #2 (of 5)

The second issue of X-Men Schism takes the conflict to the global stage, as countries around the world (over)react to a renegade mutant's psychic attack on the United Nations.

But even as Sentinels are activated, surprising events follow (I'm not going to spoil it for you).

We see more pieces moved into place, as the "new look" Hellfire Club makes its move.

Writer Jason Aaron provides a strong script here, with a good mix of action, humor and plot twists.

But the real star is the art by Frank Cho, who combines dramatic layouts, stunning characters, great action scenes and some entertaining touches of humor. It's a shame he's not faster - I'd love to see more work from him - but I suppose we'll have to be satisfied with these occasional gems.

I'm still waiting for the "Schism" part of the story to kick in (no signs of anything but mutual respect between Cyclops and Wolverine so far), but in the meantime, this is a solid bit of fun.

Grade: A-


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