By Mike Carey (writer), Scot Eaton (pencils), John Dell (inks), Frank D’Armata (colors)
Oh yes, I am digging this story arc! This book is the best thing to come out of Messiah Complex and for the first time in almost 5 years (Grant Morrison’s run), I’m actually hooked on an X-Men story line. I’ve read lots of Mike Carey’s past works, but nothing’s ever come across as memorable to me until now. This isn’t a mindless brawl fest we usually get from our mutant books – it’s a stripped down character driven piece that explores the relationship between Magneto and Xavier. And I know we’ve seen this told before, but with the aftermath of House of M, Magneto losing his powers, and now Messiah Complex, the world is a different place. The questions and answers Carey poses to the characters are fascinating and engaging.
One mutant poignantly states that the original dreams these men had are over. Times have changed and so now must the dreams. This brilliantly sums up what’s happened and foreshadows what’s to come in the mutant world. With Exodus and his gang having lost any respect for Magneto and now threatened by a reawakened Professor X, I can’t wait to see what happens next. Will this eventually become the Erik and Xavier road trip show? I won’t lie. I’d love to see it happen!
John Romita Jr. isn’t around to do the dream sequences this time, so everything falls into Scot Eaton’s capable hands. He not only does a spectacular job throughout, but seeing him do the dream sequences and the old school renditions of our favorite mutants is a lot of fun. Again, here’s another person who’s previous work never left an impression on me. Well, you can now consider me a fan of Mr. Eaton. Excellent work!
I realize a lot of people feel cheated about Professor X’s supposed death in Messiah Complex (I know I was), but the way Mike Carey’s built this story around him is nothing short of excellent. And in the end, that’s what really counts. (Grade: A)
– J. Montes