X-Men #7

by Tori B. on November 21, 2013

It might just be muerte for the X-Men, when Lady Deathstrike manages to return, still intent on vengeance. She may look a little different, but the cunning is all still there. The question that bodes is whether she’s cunning enough to get past the X-Men, after all she’s not the only one making a return appearance.
Writer: Brian Wood
Artists: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Jason Keith
Cover: Terry & Rachel Dodson
Publisher: Marvel
A lot of people say that this title is losing a lot of traction, that’s it’s not nearly as exciting as it was when it started, and yet here I am, still excited to read this title whenever it comes out. To each their own. The series certainly has some outstanding flaws that definitely need to be addressed at some point, but I’m holding out, because it’s hard to say no to a team like this one.
Is it the return of the Sisterhood? It very well might be. Lady Deathstrike uploads her consciousness into a young Ana Cortes, who certainly has the money to gather the means that Yuriko needs and together they embark on a mission against the Jean Grey Academy. It’s mixed feelings about this new take on Lady Deathstrike and her sugar skull makeup. As Psylocke so eloquently put it, it’s “very hipster”. Dodson can make any character look amazing, so it’s easy just to fall into the good looks, and the idea of having more variety in characters is great as well, but with a character like Yuriko, it feels like something has been lost along the way during all this. Trading one ethnicity for another, if only Ana Cortes could have been her own villain in the sugar skull makeup while Yuriko managed to return in her own way (it’s comics anything can happen)—double the representation, double the cool villains! But it’s interesting to see where Wood will go with this. Having two consciousnesses in one body has never bode well for a Marvel character before.
Aside from Lady Deathstrike returning, another X-Lady might be adding her name to the roster, Monet St. Croix. A fan favourite of many, and while Monet claims to be staying low she’s clearly chosen the wrong place to do so. Monet’s return has pushed on Jubilee’s buttons, and this, this is the long-suffering problem with the X-Men team. Wood may be under the impression that because it’s an all female team, things are bound to get catty, which is true, they can, but this is only problem we truly see that has long effects on the team. Storm and Rachel still don’t get along and speak rather back-handedly to one another (even though one would think Storm was mature enough to be beyond those things) and now we have Jubilee and Monet at each other, as if they were still teens. Monet even does the thing where she agrees to do something only because Jubilee made a scathing comment about it. It’s tiring yes, but fortunately it doesn’t take control over the book. The story still carries itself and we watch as Ana plots to get intel on the X-Mansion.

It’s a slow start to this six part arc, with no major hooks as of yet, and a couple of stagnant pages that don’t quite fit into the overall story as of yet; a lot of it rides on Dodson’s aesthetics as well as the team roster. They haven’t done anything too spectacular since the first issue, (and then Battle of the Atom happened) but with names like Psylocke, Storm, Rachel Grey, Jubilee, Rogue, (with guest appearances from Beast), and now Monet, it’s hard not to keep wanting to find out just what they might be up to.

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