By Zach Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Marco Failla and Matt Milla
Marvelous X-Men was the flagship book for the Age of X-Man event. As we wrap up this mini, we start to see some of the clues and bigger pieces drop into place. As a reader, this event has been slow, but Marvelous X-Men has always been the most fun and entertaining book of the bunch. This issue gives us some answers and confrontations we’ve been waiting for, but where do things go from there?
We start off with a cool flashback that includes all of the original X-Men. The flashback sets the tone for how things will progress in this issue and adds a layer to Nate as he clashes with Professor X. Thompson and Nadler do many readers a favor when we find out who was murdered. Thompson and Nadler also use Nature Girl in a really cool way to solve the murder. This is the issue of Marvelous X-Men we’ve been waiting for. We get to see the villains really start to do villainous things. For a while we knew many characters were safe, but this issue does bring about one death, and more could be coming. It’s a big Nate issue too, as he discovers many truths about who he is and what he’s done. Thompson and Nadler give us the moment we’ve been waiting for, when the X-Men confront each other and decide what to do about X-Man. This event may have some bumps in the road, but Marvelous X-Men has been consistently good.
The pencils this issue were handled by Marco Failla with colors by Matt Milla. This was a well drawn issue by Failla. There are some outstanding panels in this book, most notably, the scene where a character gets murdered. Failla As the character is being attacked, they have a wonderfully drawn terrified look on their face. As they die, their face looks great and their eyes go white. There are also some cool panels here where Moneta is grilling people about seeing Colossus. Failla draws Moneta using her powers on people and it looks like something you would see from the sci-fi classic The Thing. Her fingers branch out and people’s yell; it’s a really cool image. The colors by Matt Milla are very good here too. Milla usually never disappoints, and this issue is no different. The first page with the flashback is colored well by Milla, and it feels like he’s using an old school paper to draw them on; there is a texture to the panels. As the X-Men investigate the murder, Psylocke confirms a truth about the investigation. Milla colors and shades her wonderfully as she stands off to the corner of the page. The pencils and colors in this issue really help to boost the enjoyment of the reading process. Milla and Failla turn in a great performance.
Marvelous X-Men has been the most enjoyable book out of all the minis spinning from this event. Thompson and Nadler have kept the title interesting and overall, fun. The pencils and colors are top notch this issue as well. It’s disappointing to see Marvelous X-Men go when it’s starting to get really good.