Review: Inhumans vs. X-Men #2

inhumans_vs__x_men__2It’s going down! Writers Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule are giving us life with this page turning, edge of the seat second issue of Inhumans vs. X-Men. Cyclops is dead, Beast knows the Terrigen mist is going to kill all mutant kind in less than two weeks and it’s the beginning of all out war as the X-Men and the Brotherhood bring the fight to the Inhumans base. Human Torch is in league with the Inhumans in an effort to keep his lady-love safe which does not bode well for him because the X-men and friends are out for blood. Time displaced younger Beast tries to find a way to turn things around and combat the effects of the mist in the other Beast’s Inhuman lab but, gets caught and has to fight his way out. Wolverine (the Laura version) has the Inhumans willing to turn to a disgraced source to escape because anywhere is better than coming face to face with her claws. And, that’s just the tip of this issues massive iceberg.

The writing is on point, there isn’t a wasted word or panel and the writers manage to keep things intense and real. It’s an emotional issue that’s filled with urgency and, it not only draws the reader in but, makes them feel invested in the outcome. The battle amps everything up to eleven with both sides sure of their position and mildly unyielding in their do/fight or die path. Both groups will stop at nothing to protect their people and each group has members that want to do this with as little non-combatant or civilian casualties as possible although that might not be possible with certain members out for straight up blood.

Leinel Francis Yu‘s artwork is beautiful. It’s rich and has an intensity that matches of the story being told. The attention to detail is beautiful and a worthy showing of the gravity of the situation at hand.

Overall this issue pulled no punches, was an incredible read and seemed to end at just the right point. It was well crafted, well written, beautiful to look at as part of the series and as a standalone issue. It gave just enough of a taste to get us ready and leave us wanting more.

Story: Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule Art: Leinel Francis Yu
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

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