Review: X-Men Blue #2

WHAT IS MAGNETO HIDING? MAGNETO has joined the X-MEN, but due to their long history, not everyone on the team trusts him…especially not JEAN GREY. With tensions rising between teammates, can the X-MEN come together to be a cohesive force for good? Or will ulterior motives and personal quests derail the entire enterprise? At the end of the day…who can be trusted?

This second issue is a great follow up to the action packed first and Cullen Bunn does a great job of showing us that not everything is going well with this team of X-Men, and their alliance with Magneto is far from amicable. I’m really enjoying how Bunn is writing Jean. When one thinks back to the early days of the X-Men, Jean was always more quiet and subdued, always following Cyclops’ lead. This Jean is very much her own person, which has been established before this book, but it definitely shines in this title. We get a look at Jean and Magneto and how they came to their alliance before them setting up shop in Madripoor.  Jean has no problem telling Erik exactly how she feels, but Erik gives her a rare glimpse into his mind and she agrees to his offer. It’s a good flashback to show us how this team came to be, but also shows that Jean is definitely the leader for this group.

We also get small looks into the lives of the other X-Men and see that not all of them are having an easy time. It’s moments like these I really enjoy, showing us that our heroes suffer from the same problems and situations we do. We’re shown moments of upset and tension, and see that even among teammates who are friends, secrets are being withheld. But, when the call goes out, they are ready to come together as a team and tackle the situation, even a bizarre one like the one they come across in this issue. And an even bigger secret is revealed that will no doubt shake this team to it’s core.

I am also really enjoying Jorge Molina’s art in this book which is really brought to life with Matt Milla’s colours. The action scenes are big and bold and there is a great panel of Magneto looking like the fearsome character I remember from when he was a villain to this team. But even the smaller moments, where the X-Men are dealing with their personal lives, Molina conveys their emotion and mood clearly with their expressions and body language.  And I really am digging the animated feel I get from the art.

Overall, this was a great issue. A lot of things have been revealed to the reader that is going to have a huge impact to this team, and I will definitely be following this series to see it all come to light. If you aren’t reading this book, you really should pick it up. It’s been a great start and I really think things are only going to get better.

Story: Cullen Bunn  Art: Jorge Molina  Colour: Matt Milla
Story: 8.5  Art: 8.5  Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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