Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Mike Carey's action blockbuster 'Blinded by the Light' concludes -- with a buddy movie action sequence?
Yup, it's time for some Sam+Bobby action!
[recommended soundtrack for this issue and this review: You've Got a Friend in Me - Randy Newman, Toy Story soundtrack. Go ahead and scroll down to start the Youtube video]
The X-Men are reeling from the shock of the combined attack from Exodus' Acolytes, Sinister's Marauders and Mystique's turncoat X-Men (Gambit, Malice-Sentinel, Sunfire and Lady Mastermind). Sinister has sought out to destroy and incapacitate any and all access to future knowledge, including New X-Men's Blindfold, Cable and finally the Books of Destiny.
Kitty and Colossus are left in a shattered institute with the New X-Men trying to revive a comatose Blindfold, the Astonishing X-Men are shattered from the attack at Mystique's place and Carey's team-- oh, wait, there's nothing really left of Carey's team!
Rogue is comatose
Cable is dead (yeahhhh)
Sabretooth is dead (uh-huh)
Lady M, Sentinel and Mystique have defected
Now it's up to the two remaining X-Men, Iceman and Cannonball to escape the combined forces of the X-Men's two greatest villains and retrieve the hidden Diaries. Mike Carey loves us.
Sam and Bobby rule the day here... for a bit. Carey comes up with a convincing battleplan to convince us that the two typeset 'team rookies' (one from the 60s the other from the 90s) can prove their mettle in this tough spot. Ramos manages to stay out of Carey's toes and not confuse the action too much; I wish he would work to his full potential, as the brief flashback on page 3 hints, with the gorgeous crosshatch shadowed style he used to great effect in Dark Horse's REVELATIONS.
What we love: Carey's Emma Frost, with a duty to be cool for her adoring audience. Kitty and Colossus minding the kids (for all AOA Generation Next fans). Emma's clandestine double mindwipe trick to protect the diaries. Bobby being cool, Sam kicking ass. Gambit in the familiar grey zone between the X-Men and the Marauders. And Everyone Hates Mystique!
While the other four X core titles are busy micromanaging and keeping well out of each other's business, Carey has taken the daunting task of looking at the 'big picture', putting all the separate pieces of the X-Men tapestry puzzle together and making the teams work together. I haven't enjoyed this feeling of X-Men synergy since the days of Scott Lobdell's masterminding the titles (but then, I make a point of saying this in every X-Men review lately).
In the Endangered Species back-up, Beast and Dark Beast conclude their visit in the Guthrie farm. Dark Beast looks at the kids as something less than lab rats, as last segment's cliffhanger attests to, and you bet Beast has something to say about it! Beast versus Dark Beast in the catfight we were all looking forward to!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007