“Collision” (part 1)
It is nice to see writer Mike Carey be allowed to let his creative prowess run wild and not be hindered by the inclusion of a mandated crossover interfering with his plans on the book. As much as I enjoyed “Second Coming” you have to admit that it was a distraction in some aspect. Although I suppose it could actually be viewed as a blessing in disguise as this new arc entitled “Collision” looks to return a reinvigorated Carey to the former glories he found on stories like “Supernovas” and “Blinded by the Light.”
What this book does is introduce a new equation into the mix with the addition of an offspring universe that is somehow tethered to the Marvel Universe proper. A debuting of new characters such as Luz, who appears to be a mutant with light manipulating powers, is a welcome one. If anything Carey has proven that he knows how to add to the X-Men lore with such offerings as the Children of the Vault, who became quick favorites. It looks like he may have struck gold again with this current crop of creations.
A point of intrigue is the aforementioned universe where Luz and the others dwell. It is seemingly similar is some ways to the current X-Men universe with the exception that this new realm looks to be one where mutants are not allowed freedom and creativity. Though somewhat vague at this juncture in time, these “mutants” may actually be soldiers in training, but that all remains to be seen. As the young Luz attempts to escape her captors, some of the X-Men are allowed a trip to India so Indra can take care of some family matters. Poor handless Julian (Hellion) brings humor to the story when Rogue visits him and invited him to join them on the trip ultimately getting rejected. I do wonder how Hellion’s condition will play out and ponder why Elixir simply can’t heal him up, but that will surely be addressed somewhere in the near future one would expect.
This plot device allows Magneto to get some major face time which in this case is a plus. It was great to see Mags use his powers to sense anomalies in the electromagnetic fields of the Earth and, in doing so, become the main element that brings the X-Men and Luz together. We also learn that Indra’s brother is in a coma (most likely due to the dimension warping process that brings Luz to our Earth). Indra’s parents want Indra to leave the X-Men behind and stay home, even going so far as to inform him that his brother’s arranged-to-be wife is now his arranged-to-be wife! Talk about some dysfunctional family practices!
Honestly, this was the best Carey penned X-Men not related to a crossover in a while. While his books are always good, there is a definite difference when the man is on his game. He manages to mesh all these ideas and have them coalesce together perfectly, leaving you intrigued by the unfolding story. The art work is pretty darn good, though there are some panels where characters look disproportionate. The always commendable Brian Reber colors his tail off and is one of the unsung and overlooked artists in the biz.
A great X-Men issue that fires on all cylinders!
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