Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Artist: Kris Anka
Matthew Malloy used to have suppressed mutant powers. Now they’re back and he’s becoming a major threat to humanity. The Charles Xavier Will-ogram charged them with finding him and securing him to help everyone. S.H.I.E.L.D. and Commander Hill are already on the case though so we’ll have to see what happens next.
She tells a delightful anecdote of a time when Tony Stark and Nick Fury discussed the nightmares they have. Tony has 5, Nick has just 1, “…that some guy, just some guy, wakes up one morning with the power of God. He doesn’t know how he got it, he doesn’t know what to do with it, and he just )(^&*%^ hiccups and thousands of people ^%#^%@ die.” And this is the case with Matthew Malloy. He is a danger to everyone.
Scott wants nothing to do with the request. Charles Xavier went against one of his highest principles and suppressed the powers of a mutant. Cyclops is pissed about it but he agrees to go with Logan and Rachel Grey to fulfill this wish.
Bobby Drake is pissed off at Scott for killing Professor X. He destroyed the one who gave Iceman purpose. The typically not-so-serious Bobby actually wants Cyclops to be gone and dead. At least then he wouldn’t have to deal with him anymore.
Now enter Bennet du Paris and Headlock (terrible name). They are part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Psy Division and are tasked with “shutting down’ Mr. Malloy. Um, it doesn’t work. They are neutralized and we leave with some pretty epic news: Mr. Malloy is not just an Omega Level mutant, he is the most powerful mutant ever “discovered” …and he had no idea of this power until now.
So I know I criticized the X-Men artists for their gradient usage. I also acknowledge that Kris Anka uses a lot of colors in his backgrounds. I must say though that he tells such an added depth to the story that Bendis is writing that the backgrounds don’t bother me one bit. His characters are well done and have tons of emotion.
I must add that reading this arc from Brian Michael Bendis is a palette cleanser of the Exogenous story in X-Men. The characters are written better. They all have their voice and the story has more of a purpose.
This discussion of the students at the Xavier School about why they are training to fight the Avengers and if a war is on the horizon was very well done. It’s about five pages of not so well known mutants preparing the reader for trouble on the horizon and the possible dichotomy that will occur with mutant ranks.