Review: X-Men: Blue #18

Nothing that Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Jimmy Hudson, Iceman, Bloodstorm, or Beast have done has cured the timestream, causing bits and pieces of history to blink out of existence. Luckily, the original Generation X crew is here to help! Or fight?

For three issues “Cross Time Capers” has felt more like a “this is your life” than anything else. But, with X-Men: Blue #18 writer Cullen Bunn finally gives us an idea as to what’s going on. With this issue’s reveal, I’m actually digging the storyline more.

Initially, we were sent to the future meeting the X-Men of 2099 and a world that felt familiar but a bit off. Now, it’s Generation X and while things also feel familiar eventually the charade is lifted and we see things have changed, a lot. This isn’t the timeline we expected, it’s another totally different one but what happened? We get a glimpse but no full explanation but we have an idea. And, what went from “meh” is now bordering “cool.”

The art by R. B. Silva is good too. The Generation X kids look great and the battle (because of course there’s a battle) packs a lot in and makes things clear. These last three issues have been good when it comes to the art and up to this point, the series has felt shaky in that department.

Bunn has shaken things a bit with this issue and in doing so also delivers some great moments (Jubilee with Bloodstorm for instance). Where’s this going? Can’t say for sure but I want to find out. What was an interesting if forgettable storyline is shaping up to be something that just might stand out from the bunch. And what’s even better, no idea where it’s all going.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: R. B. Silva Cover Art: Arthur Adams
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review