X-Men #3 Review

by Ryan.L on December 04, 2019

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Finally this book feels like the flagship title it is meant to be. It was advertised that this series would be one and done stories. While that is true we are seeing the stories still connecting to each other in a few ways. This issue, more than the first two that appears to be even more apparent.  There is a much larger story and we are getting small glimpses at it in each story.
I have not been impressed with this series as of yet. The first two issues did not live up to the standards left by ‘House of X’ and so some wondered if Jonathan Hickman could maintain the success he garnered. This issue shows that he can. Hickman is known for playing the long game, and that is coming into light. We are shown that as much as the mutants have felt they built the perfect system it has its flaws. This will pose as a larger problem, especially since Cypher is off world.
I loved this issue for so many reasons. Not only did it finally fit the expectations I had for the series, there was so much fun in the interactions between some of the characters. Jean Grey and Emma Frost’s interactions especially shined in this issue. I’ve missed these two playing off of each other, and taking little stabs at one another. You would think they don’t like each other, but here you see there is a deep seeded respect that they have for the other.
The adversaries in this issue are a little quirky, but they bring a new angle of threat to the mutants. I’m very intrigued and excited to see where this will head. I even bought the over the top oddness of them because with the tone Hickman has set for this series, it actually really works well.
Overall ‘X-Men’ is finally finding its groove. This book ushers in a new threat, makes some relationships shine, and also manages to bring some very clever humour. This series is now becoming a must read.

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