Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: Cory Petit
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: December 05th, 2012
This new flagship X-Men title is continuously impressing me. I think the cover of this issue gives you a slight insight as to what is happening. The cover (not variant) shows Cyclops seemingly a bit out of control with his eye-beams walking forward. Inside of the book we are beginning to learn that those that were the closest to the Phoenix Force are having a little bit of a problem with their powers because they are changing. After all of that time of Scott Summers thinking that he finally has learned to control his powers, they are all out of wack again.
I am very happy that this issue also FINALLY shows us when and how Emma Frost is freed from her prison. It was well placed and did a nice job showing as to why she is even with Scott again, although begrudgingly. I think Bendis is doing a nice job showing these characters realistically in an aftermath of something massive.
On the "good" side of things we are getting very minimal this issue. Unlike the first two books of the series the focus is on Scott's team rather than those at Wolverine's school. We are starting to get a feel for what their plans are and even where they are hiding out. I think this is all getting put in place well before their side of the story is told in the new Uncanny X-Men. The final page shows the spread of the original X-Men finally confronting Scott and co which makes me anxious to see the next issue later this month.
I am really liking what Bendis is doing with this title and am happy that I am standing in the corner of the X-Men books now. Just flipping through the pages while writing this has put a new smile on my face.