By Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia
X-Men is back out this week with the third installment of the newest relaunch. This issue gives us a surprise visit from the High Evolutionary. I personally like when characters that don’t normally interact or cross paths show up in an X-Men book. With that said, lets move on to the review.
Gerry Duggan treats us to a visit from the High Evolutionary, and he’s brought the mutants a gift. A present that when unleashed will make humans sterile. As generous as that is of him, the team simply can’t accept it. Duggan has written Rogue very well in this run so far, and this issue he shows us some of her temper as she attacks first. She has a history with the High Evolutionary. Luminous, The High Evolutionary’s daughter is with him as well, and she’s interesting as hell. She’s powerful, has a good look and Duggan writes her very well. As the fight ensues, the X-Men begin to get taken out one by one. Synch has been a star throughout this run and continues that streak with this issue. Duggan is highlighting how much of a powerhouse Synch can actually be as he uses powers intelligently to help out his teammates. Duggan also writes Scott as a little comic relief this issue. He has a few lines that will at least make you smile as you read the issue. As the issue concludes, we’re left with some interesting decisions on what may happen in the future for the team. With Inferno right around the corner, X-Men is at a bit of a standstill with what it can do, but it has none the less been one of the best X-titles on the shelf.
The pencils this issue are handled by Pepe Larraz with colors by Marte Gracia. I feel like I say this every time I review his work, but Larraz is a stud in the art department. The action panels look amazing, like when the team gets attacked by zoo animals. Just as great as those fight panels are though, Larraz draws the arrival of the High Evolutionary and Luminous spectacular. The panel of Luminous appearing and holding a glowing sphere dazzles. The colors by Marte Gracia are also really great this issue. Larraz benefits from having such a talented colorist to bring his pencils to life. Gracia colors Sunfire’s flame a dark red as he unloads on the High Evolutionary. Everything looks so good in the color department, it almost seems as if it’s painted on the page.
X-Men #3 continues to focus on character moments and team work. Gerry Duggan is doing a good job of throwing everything he can at our newly formed team as they try to save the world. The pencils and colors by Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia may be their best collaboration yet. X-Men is the best X-book on the shelf!