Review: Extermination #2

Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past.

The first issue of Extermination was a gut punch with the death of both Bloodstorm and Cable and Ahab on the hunt. There was the rather interesting twist of a younger Cable up to something as well, as the issue delivered the beginning of what feels like a chess match, pieces maneuvered on a table.

Writer Ed Brisson doesn’t reveal much more in Extermination #2 as the action continues and the X-Men attempt to figure out what’s going on and what to do next. They’re confused, scared, desperate, and angry, and all of that comes off as a bit chaotic. Brisson is delivering mood and atmosphere plenty in this issue, much like the first. The energy leaps off the page to a point it’s hard to not experience a little of that emotion yourself.

The second issue also reveals a little without spoiling the whole. We still don’t know what Ahab wants other than killing the younger X-Men. We don’t know what Cable wants other than kidnapping the younger X-Men. We just go wit the flow and that low information enhances the emotions of the comics. We’re told exactly how much we should and need to know. That mystery is one of the strongest aspects of this and the first issue.

The art by Pepe Larraz with colors by Marte Garcia and lettering from Joe Sabino is fantastic. There’s a lot of characters here and while the detail might lack in some scenes where they’re all there, when the action gets rolling there’s a certain chaos about it that enhances Brisson’s story. There’s emotion too as the younger X-Men deal with the fact they’re being hunted and a friend of theirs is missing. The balance between action and quieter moments look great and there’s some really cool panel layouts as the action gets rolling.

The issue gives the reader just what they need to know and leaves with a reveal that had our jaws dropping in both the opening and the end. There’s so much to unpack in the final moments and thankfully we have to wait just a few weeks to read the next chapter. After some false starts as far as events, Extermination feels like a positive throwback to some of the action packed events of the past.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Pepe Larraz Cover: Mark Brooks
Color: Marte Garcia Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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