“Magnetic North: Part 2”
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Stuart Immonen (p), Wade von Grawbadger (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Plot: The Ultimate world links up, as Ultimate Nick Fury plays a role in the fates of Lorna Dane and Longshot. Prof. X and Emma Frost collaborate to change the course of those fates.
Comments: Here’s another note perfect issue from the Vaughan/Immonen team. Don’t believe the grim cover, showing Mags as brooding ruler over a Ragnarok of refuse. He’s still imprisoned in the Triskelion, and his many plots afoot are risky and clandestine, far from assured of eventual victory. Vaughan has really got a handle on what makes the Ultimate X-men fresh, and Immonen has a lot of fun with visual character queues. His Longshot is more real-world and seedy than our prince in dark leather, his Wanda more assured and athletic. There are several groups at odds with each other in this issue, though open conflict impends only for the next one. Here we see the Professor plan as Emma guilt trips herself. Meanwhile, her charges (including Alex, Northstar, Sunspot and Cannonball) plan a rescue.
Scott’s team plans to intercept that rescue, and Magneto has agents in the field as well. Immonen makes sure the teams of students look like teens, not adults. The young X-men have a full compliment of crew now, even if they’re not all comfortable working with one another yet. Undercurrents, some subtle and some not so, wait to be played out, keeping the soap as active as the action.
In this issue, all the major pieces are assembled for a brother vs. brother conflict next issue; and we know how well that always works with Scott and Alex, but no reason not to see it again. This is the best this book has ever been.
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