Sunday, August 25, 2013

X-Men #4

   This issue of X-Men is (more or less) split down the middle, with two separate stories filling the pages.

   One story is quite good, and the other one is pretty dull.

   Ironically, the action sequence is the boring one - it's the introspective personal tale that's much more interesting.

   The action sequence has this team of X-Men (made up of female mutants, including Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Kitty Pryde and Rachel Grey) performing a mid-air rescue of a jumbo jet in danger of crashing - all while sniping at each other.

   It's a silly, improbable rescue attempt that never manages to make us feel like anyone is in any danger at all. And all the complaining is just tiring.

   The other story is much more fun, as Wolverine and Jubilee and her newly adopted child Shogo (not that she's filed any paperwork or anything) take a walk down memory lane as they visit her old neighborhood and relive her action-packed introduction to the X-Men.

   It's touching and real - where the other storyline doesn't seem to include real people at all.

   I'd love to see more stories like this, and less of the manufactured heroics.

Grade: B

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