Friday, August 23, 2013

X-Men #4

Writer: Brian Wood
Penciler: David Lopez
Inkers: Cam Smith w/ Norman Lee
Colorist: Cris Peter
Lettering: Joe Caramagna
Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 21st, 2013

I think the best way to describe Brian Wood's creation with X-Men is by calling it family. So far it has really focused on the relationships with the long time members of the X-family and this issue was no different. At the end of the last issue and the close of the last arc, Storm hesitated to kill another character and Rachel is not a big fan that she even considered murder. There is a bit of a struggle between those two for not only that, but for Storm's natural urge to run the team as she sees fit.

On the flip side, three other well known X-Men were working closely together to save a plane full of passengers. We got more of Wood's interpretation of the personalities of Kitty, Psylocke and Rogue. Their interactions and feeding off of one another's powers was enjoyable and impressive. Wood is truly building them as characters rather than just fill in powers when needed.

The third part of this story takes place with Wolverine and Jubilee going around California where Jubilee originally grew up and joined the team. It showed that there is still a very strong relationship between Wolvie and Jubilee and that he will do whatever he can to take care of her. There were also a couple moments with her dealing with being a mother with Shogo.

This was obviously a calm before the storm type issue that is leading into The Battle of the Atom that is starting next month. I am digging Woods interpretation of this part of the X-team and am excited to see where he goes with them. Considering we are only four issues in, this is a great start.

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