by Brian Michael Bendis (Writer), Stuart Immonen (Penciller), Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Marte Gracia (Colourist)
The Story: Things get downright creepy in Jean Grey’s room.
The Review: I feel like readers have been denied a key scene in Bendis’ X-men books since Battle of the Atom, we’ve gone from Young Scott and Jean’s utter disgust at old Scott to warming up to him relatively quickly. Now, I understand that the general consensus is that Hank McCoy is a dirtbag of the highest order for screwing with the time-stream and feeding the kids a line of bull about old Scott causing mutant genocide, I understand how the kids have got from point A to point C but it is a little disappointing that we never got to actually see point B along the way. At this point Bendis could have written 26 issues of various characters reacting to the blood on old Scott’s hands so I can understand why he wouldn’t want to belabour the point, but still it is very odd to see Jean saying the things she says to old Scott in this issue. I take my hat off to Bendis for addressing the downright weirdness of having a teenage version of your dead wife around and for doing it in a way that doesn’t tip toe around the creepy or uncomfortable nature of it, however it would be nice to have context for Jean’s change of heart towards him though.
Kitty is really maturing into her role as Professor K, continuing her protective streak of the kids from Battle of the Atom, Her new dynamic with old Scott is fascinating to watch unfold, Kitty is one of the few X-men who remains uncorrupted and it is evident in the writing how desperately Scott wants to win back her approval and respect. Warren also gets a good showing this issue as he attempts to bond with the departing X-23, It seems clear that Warren may be stepping out of young Scott’s shadow now that he is gone, with Hank in his Science cave and Bobby make snow angels, somebody needs to.
The Brotherhood from the aforementioned Battle of the Atom make their triumphant return this issue, there is a bit of a mystery involved in what they want as they can’t send the kids back which creates excitement for the next issue. The infiltration of the New Xavier school by Raze should also serve to build tension over the coming issues as the Brotherhood attack.
Stuart Immonen is an absolute craftsman, the storytelling is clear and concise, the body language and faces are all so expressive that he does a lot of the heavy lifting in making the characters emote. The more of his collaboration I see with Bendis on this book the more I feel that he may be the perfect artistic partner for Bendis’ writing, perhaps even more-so than Bagley or Maleev.
Stray Thoughts: I do wonder who it is that old Scott is worried about finding out what Beast has done bringing the kids to the present. Very Ominous.