Full review after the jump.
|The X-Men of the future....again!|
F**king finally! We get some answers and man , it was kind of worth the wait. We still don’t know everything but I am very happy to know something. The opening scene of this issue probably should have been the opening scene of the first one, or at least part of it. This possible future, what little we’ve seen, is unlike anything that’s ever been depicted. Even if the present day X-Men never learn any more about the future I absolutely am stoked to see more. Even though it didn’t end well a version of the Marvel Universe progressive enough to elect a mutant president is a universe I’d like to see more of. We see a bit of what likely prompted Old Man Beast and the others to travel time but we don’t know yet the exact plan of action or what their actually trying to accomplish. We’re given the correct amount of teaser and it works out well.
|Giving your inaugural address with a paramilitary group standing behind you?|
Probably not the best first impression for the American people
I admit that this issue is, like some of the previous issues, mostly talking. However the difference is that it’s mostly exposition and moving the plot forward. Before this it was mostly the X-Men standing around saying “This is something we should probably do something about” for three issues. Here we get more plot than we had in the last five issues. And, because they don’t simply dump everything on us at once, there’s still a ton we don’t know which makes us want to keep reading. The second half of this crossover has so far been much, much more interesting than the first.
The art in this issue is weird. I think I may have a problem with the coloring as things feel kind of dim at times but that’s an extremely minor issue. But things in general do look a little strange and at least one panel, a shot of Colossus embracing Magik, looks bizarre and physically impossible. I’m not an art guy but it’s hard to miss that. Also I noticed Colossus’ sword vanishes and reappears from panel to panel a few times.
I guess in the future Colossus is a contortionist
A quick nitpick, if I may, about one of the new characters. There’s clearly a guy who is either Quentin Quire all grown up or a decedent of his who seems to be wielding the power of the Phoenix. Look, I’m not naïve enough to believe that just because the Phoenix Force was clearly destroyed during AvX it would never be used again but couldn’t Marvel go a f**king year without having it show up again? I mean this just brings up so many questions that really didn’t need to be brought up at this point. Why does the Phoenix Force exist in the future? How does it come back into existence? Could Jean Grey (the one that died) still be merged with it? These questions likely aren’t going to be answered in this story, which is fine, but this feels like an overdose of the Phoenix that no one asked for.
There’s not a whole lot to say about this issue. It’s mostly exposition and set up but its good exposition and set up. Again this is stuff I wish they had done earlier than part six but now that it’s here it’s welcomed. Continuing from Part Five the pace of the crossover has picked up and continues to be a good read and, like last time, I’m dying for the next chapter. If I had to pick a favorite part it’d be the fact that apparently Jubilee, clearly still a vampire, has become the new Wolverine. Which means in the future I theoretically would actually enjoy a comic/cartoon called “Wolverine and the X-Men”. What a time to be alive.
|Wolverine, minus my seething and unattractive hatred|
(Also, yeah, I was totally wrong about Jubilee's role in series)
-In the future Jubilee replaces Wolverine, thus making this the greatest possible/alternate future in the history of Marvel Comics
-The story continues to be good
-The art has some problems