A new team of X-Men is born! Will they be able to stop the Mothervine!? We hope they survive the experience!
X-Men BLUE vol. 1 #25
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jorge Molina
Color Artists: Matt Millia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
?WARNING: This review contains major spoilers!!?
What You Need to Know:
Magneto confronted Sebastian Shaw who was using Mothervine against him. Sebastian Shaws’ 2nd mutation however backfired and turned him frail. This gave Magneto the advantage and asked Shaw to bring him to the people behind Mothervine.
Elsewhere, Jimmy and Blood Storm joined the battle between Xorn and the Marauders. They were able to save Xorn and distract the Marauders to escape the site.
Meanwhile, in the X-Men’s base at Madripoor, Malice took over Polaris mind and attacked the Raksha. Gazing Nightshade was the only member trying to stop the Malice-possessed Polaris. Just in time, before Malice could do more damage to the young Mutant ninjas, Polaris was able to regain control over herself and destroyed Malice.
In Spain. Briar Raleigh met up with Daken, the son of the late Logan/Wolverine. She had offered him a gift and invited him to join Magneto’s team.
Back at the coast of Scotland, Magneto with a weak Sebastian Shaw confronted Havok, Bastion, Emma Frost and Miss Sinister. Havok tried to persuade Magneto into joining their cause. Magneto cited that he does not approve of Mothervine. Havok insisted that these errors were a few minor concerns that were not an issue to the goal they had for Mutant-kind. Havok added that he was confident that Magneto would not refuse this opportunity once he knew real benefit of Mothervine.
What You’ll Find Out:
Polaris, who was free from Malice’s control was shocked at the damage she had done and for almost killing the Raksha. She had Ferris prepare the medical bay to facilitate the recuperation of the young Mutant ninjas. She then told Gazing Nightshade that she will help them and that her team will be alright.
Elsewhere in Scotland, Havok still tried to invite Magneto to join their cause to help Mutant-kind. Magneto questioned Alex’s new circle, except Emma Frost who he knew that her intentions were really good for mutant-kind but just misguided. Magneto still tried to explain to Havok that the Mothervine could do more harm than good to mutants.
Havok told him that these slight mishaps had to happen to achieve their true goal. Miss Sinister added that for every experiment to succeed they had to go through the testing phase. Magneto retaliated that Mutants were not experiments. Havok once again tried to invite Magneto to join their cause. Magneto still refused. Havok then told Bastion to have his Sentinels deploy Mothervine globally. Havok then orders his team to attack and take on Magneto.
Magneto then used his powers to armor himself up and fought back hard. Emma Frost and Havok then combined their powers to hit back at Magneto, which was successful in weakening him. This then gave Bastion and Miss Sinister the chance to attack a weakened Magneto. Out of desperation, Magneto used a Mutant Growth Hormone he was hiding to boost his powers and lifted a Lighthouse and crashed on Havok, Bastion, Emma Frost and Miss Sinister. This gave Magneto the chance to retreat the battle.
At the X-Mansion in Madripoor, Jimmy, Blood Storm with Xorn arrived safely and met with Polaris who was in the infirmary looking after the Raksha. At the mansion’s entrance, Briar and Daken arrived meeting a mopey Gazing Nightshade. Briar asked Gazing Night what had happened. Gazing Nightshade told them that Polaris was possessed for a while and almost killed them. This made Briar excited, which Daken took notice and commented on.
Later, A weak Magneto arrived at the X-Mansion and met with Briar at the meeting room. Briar then praised herself for suggesting to have Magneto bring the Mutant Growth Hormone with him. Magneto then told Briar about Mothervine being released globally. He added that this was not natural and will be catastrophic. But he felt more worried because the X-Men were still in space. But Briar told him not to worry since she had brought a new group of X-Men. Greeting her father, Polaris then came out alongside her new team, Daken, Jimmy, Xorn, Blood Storm and Gazing Nightshade.
What Just Happened:
Another entertaining book from the awesome creative team. Cullen Bunn manages to keep you on the edge of your seat. This time by having Magneto fight their foes in an epic way. Aside from that, he also gave Polaris another moment to shine, even having Xorn comment about how powerful and dangerous she was with what had happened when she was under the influence of Malice. Goes to show that Bunn is really fond of developing both father and daughter; and will not hesitate to explore their skills as well.
The fun part of course, despite being revealed at the end would be the new team. I am very interested in the synergy of this new team and the potential dramas that will be explored as well. Best example would be the two sons of Logan, Daken, and Jimmy. I wonder how they will interact and if Bunn will add some tension between these two interesting characters. Also, another thing I found interesting was that Emma Frost being teased about her current circumstance. Magneto still acknowledged her good intentions for the Mutant-kind despite being misguided. Ever since Inhumans vs X-Men, Marvel has been assassinating Emma’s years of character development trying to turn her into a villain again. It was not until when Bunn started writing Blue that he was starting to fix her up which started during the Secret Empire crossover (especially when a lot of fans voiced out their opinions after IvX).
The art is ever beautiful and gorgeous to look. Jorge Molina gave another awesome job on this issue. The only thing I would comment on is that some parts or scene felt recycled. Especially how he drew Havok, Bastion, Emma Frost and Miss Sinister when they were talking with Magneto. It’s only a minor concern though since his art still looked fantastic and the part where Magneto used his power to armor up for battle looked awesome! As always Matt Millia’s colors were fantastic with Molina’s art.
- The new team looks promising
- Cullen Bunn is rocking the story and Magneto’s confrontation with their enemies
- Magneto’s fight scenes were gorgeous
- Jorge Molina’s art is still at it’s best
- Matt Milla’s colors give life to the art and story
- Despite being one of the best parts of the book, Jorge Molina’s art feels recycled in some parts (just a few so this is a minor thing)
This arc was definitely exciting and fun. Another epic issue brought to you by Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina, and Matt Millia. The best part is the introduction of the new team, which was refreshing and will definitely shake things up in the next coming issues.
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