Brian Bendis’s game seems to be on par this issue. The dialogue was leaps and bounds better than where we left off a couple weeks ago. Where the dialogue was juvenile and utterly disappointing last issue, we are clever and satisfactory this issue. The dialogue seems to be on par with what I have come to expect with the work of Mr. Bendis, and that is a great thing.
We left off last issue with Cyclops delivering a speech in front of an unexpected crowd of human supporters only to be interrupted by the uber-sentinal, Blockbuster. And that is literally where we start off this time.
While Cylcops and the remainder of the core X-Men remain broken, the rest of the mutants show that they are more than capable (and willing) to take up arms in the defense of mutant-kind at this very moment. We even see “Ball Man” take a worthy stand against the Blockbuster Sentinal in a scene that is worth the price of admission. Still, despite the improvement of the story at hand, I couldn’t help but notice certain shortcomings.
We left off last issue with Cyclops delivering a speech in front of a giant crowd of pro-mutant humans that are nowhere to be found in the pages of this issue despite being acknowledged. Where are these people? I couldn’t help but think that Bendis was forced to reference the “missing crowd” after the fact of receiving Frazer Irving’s pencils.
While an improvement over last issue, Irving’s art is not good and seems to bring down the writing of Bendis. I can’t help but think that this issue would be so much better with the same dialogue given the fact that we had a different artist on board. Frazer simply isn’t cutting it, and that is not a good thing at all. The book is suffering due to his art. I just wish that we had one, consistent artist on this book.