Written by Ed Brisson
Art by Pepe Larraz
SPOILERS ABOUND FOR THIS ISSUE, AND FOR ISSUE #1 OF EXTERMINATION! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
The Story So Far:
Ahab makes his return to the Marvel Universe in spectacular fashion. He shows up looking for Young Cyclops and murders Bloodstorm, (the alt-universe half mutant/half vampire Storm), who dies protecting Cyke, who then fends off Ahab.
Meanwhile, a mysterious could-be villain abducts Young Iceman and murders Cable. The supposed baddie is revealed at the end of the first issue of this mini-series as a younger version of Cable himself!
Issue #2 opens with Young Cable abducting Mimic (Calvin Rankin) in a grocery store in New Jersey, telling him he needs Mimic’s “services”.
The action then shifts to the Xavier Institute where the teams are dealing with the fallout of last issue. They assume that both attacks were perpetrated by Ahab, and Kitty suggests that they split into four teams and each team takes a Young X-Man to protect while the teams all search for Ahab. Young Scott doesn’t like this idea and he storms out, followed by the other three time displaced X-Men, and is promptly attacked on the lawn of the Institute by Ahab and his hounds. The X-Men respond, and Rachel Summers is wounded while Ahab seems to have converted Old Man Logan into one of his Hounds. Logan turns on his fellow X-Men as the issue ends.
The humor: More specifically, the lack thereof. At one point, Bobby Drake (the older version) quips “great, more kid versions of X-Men. What could possibly go wrong?” And that’s it. That’s all the humor. And that’s all a story with this much at stake really needs.
The flow: Brisson keeps the action moving swiftly. The story is never boring, and there’s still mystery, which keeps the reader on their toes.
The art: Larraz’s pencils and inks are simply amazing. There’s a two page spread early on in the issue when the X-Men are meeting to discuss their plan of action. That’s spread should be a poster. Simply gorgeous. Deftly merging action and quieter moments is not an easy task, but Larraz is up to the challenge.
The cliffhanger: I’m a sucker for a good cliffhanger. I’m a fan of shows like 24 and Alias and Homeland, where they are used more often than Bendis uses one-word word balloons. But a well timed, well crafted cliffhanger can make or break a story. So far, Brisson has two. And I’m hooked.
What doesn’t work:
Not much. This story is clicking on all cylinders right now, and hopefully it will pay off in a big way when this is all done and we are heading into Uncanny X-Men #1. I’m along for the ride. Are you?