by Nick Walden, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Victor Gischler, Art by Will Conrad
Published: July 2012
Another cool romp from Victor Gischler leaves me entertained. For those who aren’t familiar with this series, it is very much its’ own beast and follows a particular beat not seen in other X-Men books. This isn’t a big AvX issue regardless of all the characters depicted on the cover. Instead we have the second part of last month’ arc that focuses around Spider-Man, Pixie, and some Skrulls.
Overall the book is solid. The story is interesting on its’ own and moves at a good pace. Generally speaking this series tends to go for more silly with stand-alone stories that don’t really have the seriousness or longer thought out plots of the other X-Men books. But the books work because they are different, funny, and simple to an extent. That is again what we have going on here.
The art is great by Will Conrad. I have been a big fan of his for a while and he does a really good job working with the cast, providing individuality, as well doing some great ‘bigger’ moments. Combined with the colors, the tone of the action matches the plot and dialogue well to keep everything moving along and fun.
This was a solid 7.5-8 rating on my 10 scale. For the casual reader you can pick up the book and enjoy it. For those more serious readers you might want to pass unless you collect the series. I think this book doesn’t mesh well with those readers who need a deeper plot or are looking for a bigger picture tie-in. But I think it was a solid effort and a fun read. One of the reasons this book is in my bag each month is because of it being different and relaxed which offers a nice change of pace, or palette cleansing, if you will.