By Ed Brubaker (writer), Mike Choi (art), Sonia Oback (colored art)

This issue kicks off the X-Men: Divided story line. Reeling from events of Messiah Complex, Cyclops and Emma Frost now live in seclusion in the Savage Land. I don’t know if Marvel is trying to expose Iron Man as much as possible before the movie’s released or if it’s just because he’s that important to Marvel continuity now, but Tony Stark makes an appearance in this book (surprise, surprise). He asks Cyclops to get his team registered to which he gets snubbed off (as usual). From here, we catch up on the rest of the X-Men. Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Colossus are off making mischief in eastern Europe. And Angel stumbles onto something odd in San Francisco.

New to the book is artist Mike Choi. Backed with Sonia Oback’s colors, this duo creates a lot of eye candy. If you’re on the fence about picking up this book, Choi’s art should be enough to sway you – he’s that good.

This isn’t your typical Brubaker story. There’s usually an agenda in every book he writes, so this being an “X-Men on vacation” story, it feels a bit off. There’s some character building going on here and Brubaker tries to liven it up with some humor, but most of it falls a bit flat. The ending isn’t your typical cliffhanger; it’ll most likely leave you feeling perplexed, but I’m sure there’s some method to Brubaker’s madness. I’ll stick around and see what happens next. (Grade: C+)

– J.Montes

A Second Opinion

I agree with Jay on many aspects here. The story doesn’t have any action, mostly character development, which is nice and all, but I hope to see more action next issue.

I hated the whole Civil War storyline and Iron Man, himself, and his “registration” act. Why must he still pop up in almost every other character’s comics. Enough already! “They are pushing me to officially register all of you,” he says twice in this issue. Just grow a pair already!

Choi and Oback are great as usual on art chores. (Grade: C+)

-Daniel Yanez