Writer Tom Taylor
Artist Mahmud Asrar
Cover Artist Travis Charest
What You Need to Know
Jean Grey and the X-Men are on the run after she was framed. On international television someone made it look like Jean Grey had blown up the head of a foreign diplomat. Now she has obtained asylum with her X-Men in Wakanda. Namor offered for them to live with him in Atlantis but Nightcrawler had explained to him that they currently cannot breath under water and therefore Black Panther was kind enough to provide refuge.
In my last review it was explained how Xmen Red really got right to the heart of what makes the X-Men great. This issue is a continuation of that same feeling. A lot of the issue tackles the same ideology of what was shown in the first appearance of Nightcrawler – where a mob is chasing after him with pitchforks and torches trying to kill the mutant. The scene took place way back in Giant Size X-men. For those who don’t know of the issue, it was the one that introduced the world to Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, the original Thunderbird, and brought Sunfire and Wolverine into the X-men.
The reason why this chemistry is amazing is because in a strange way, as one reads these hate filled storylines all they do is help instill this need for love, for understanding and acceptance to people who are different. The X-men comics have been around for 29 years and the message has remained the same: a group of individuals who are trying to survive in a world that fears and even hates them…They love and try to save those individuals who would want nothing more than to kill them. A person can turn on the news at any hour and see the violence, the depravity and the disrespect for common human decency. The world needs more people who are willing to stand up for whats right, stand up for love and understanding, stand up for difference and acceptance instead of mindless bigotry. Without asking for anything in return they fight back against what is bringing the world into despair.
Tom Taylor has taken the reigns from the past X-Men writers and understands the great need to help the world understand this concept. The world needs more X-men and needs more people who are willing to stand on the side of Professor X. To stand up for those who are different and who need to know that they deserve to be respected and loved just as much as anyone else does.
To be completely honest, I loved this issue, just in case that hasn’t been made clear. The artwork is superb, the attention to detail in the artwork only compliments the story and plot development. Mahmud is able to capture such pure emotion in so few lines and one can feel what the characters are feeling and almost step directly into their shoes. I love how he renders our favorite red headed mutant. Every single panel that she is in shows her innocence of character and strength that she must carry upon her shoulders from years of trials and tribulations.
I can’t say enough good about this book, if you haven’t picked it up, even if you don’t typically read an X-men book – You need to grab it. It’s well worth the money and time to read it. It’s the stuff that will help change the world to be a better place…