Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Artist: Mahmud Asrar; Colorist: Rain Beredo; Cover Artists: Andrea Sorrentino & Marcelo Maiolo
The final two issues of All-New X-Men until Secret Wars and it’s post-Secret Wars volume 2.
We are welcomed to Utopia with a group of pickers that look like the Renegades from G.I. Joe (I’m looking at you Taurus). They’re in the wrong place though and disappear…permanently.
Then there’s eight pages of the original five unwinding from the mass event known as The Black Vortex saga. Having read the Cyclops title I can see the need for Scott to request an awesome burger. He deserves one, or maybe eight. We experience the outing of Bobby Drake with Jean Grey to Bobby by Jean. Yes, you read that right. IT’s an interesting and delicate exchange. Jean has to play it nicely, and I think she does.
There’s more feelings and awkwardness in the air when Angel and X-23 fly away together for four pages of their own. The explanation he gives as to why he accepted the “upgrade” from the Black Vortex is well thought out and, I believe, spot on for this younger Warren Worthington, III.
During the foray into identity, S.H.I.E.L.D. looks into the happenings on Utopia and loses an investigatory team. Maria Hill pays a visit to the vacationing (stay-cationing?) team. She tells them about the mutant problem in the former mutant safe haven and suggests that the mutants take care of their own problem before she has to. I like Magik leading the team here. She has no hesitation. Once her mind is made up, it’s go-time!
It was a nice character moment for Laura to take charge and let out orders. She and Magik would make an interesting 1-2 punch. I know one of the mutants living on the island and that’s Boom Boom (or Boomer). Madison Jeffries? Elixir? Masque? Random? Karma sort of rings a bell but I’m not sure where. Things between the two crews turn violent but a solution is found in the mind, Karma’s mind, with a visit from Jean Grey. Karma even gets her own page reminiscent of previous spreads with Jean and Miles Morales. There’s a solution to their conflict that doesn’t involve blowing stuff up or punching someone’s lights out.
The Utopian group is offered asylum at the New Xavier School for Mutants. The team has expanded, for now, and questions are raised from their similar circumstances.
“Why is it still like this for us? What are we doing wrong? What can we change?”
Various plot lines are converging in Uncanny X-Men #600. The release date was pushed back until after Secret Wars. As of now I have it coming out in October.
I pointed out how many pages are being used in certain scenes earlier not to say they were dragging out, but point out how the art was used to draw out the dialogue and drive home the message and meaning of what is being said.