X-Men Red #3
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Mahmud Asrar
What You Need to Know:
Jean Grey is back from the dead and has formed a new group of X-Men with Nightcrawler, Laura Kinney’s Wolverine, Gabby’s Honey Badge, and newcomer: Trinary. In the last issue we learned how the X-Men helped Trinary escape from being held captive in her home country of India. She is a technopath, meaning she has the ability to manipulate electronic objects. While trying to break her out of her imprisonment, the last thing the team comes face-to-face with is a Sentinel.
What Just Happened:
With this new installment of the merry mutants’ new saga, Cassandra Nova is back and roaming around the X-Mansion, but she’s in a plane of existence that only one special little mutant boy can detect, to her surprise and his dismay. Cassandra tells us the purpose of her return and why she decided to stoke the embers of fire that is the hatred the world already has against mutants.
Afterwards, we are brought into a heated battle between the towering behemoth that was attacking Jean and her newly-formed team. We come to realize just how powerful Trinary is after she witnesses what she believed to be the death of Gabby, only to find out that she has a healing factor. In her anger, Trinary gains control of the giant robot and treats him like a house pet.
While fleeing from India and returning to their safe haven in Wakanda, the team notices that there is a lightning storm that has formed above the nation and they come to the realization that the one thing that has been their savior from their previous encounter could also be the very thing that could end their lives, considering they are currently flying on a giant metal robot.
Along with all of this amazing intense action, we also get the return of one of my absolute favorite mutants: Gambit! The portion of the storyline that has reintroduced him into the comic is such a gripping scene in true X-Men fashion. I was actually shocked by the scene that takes place and I even went so far as to ask myself if the book has been brought to a different, darker level. This was almost the same feeling I had when I first saw Colossus break the neck of the Marauder way back in Mutant Massacre.
This whole series has been an amazing read; the formula they have been following over the last couple of issues continues to feed into this one as well. I continue to love seeing Mahmud’s style flourish with each passing issue. He is able to portray the raw emotion and intensity that is required to convey the dialogue and environments that Tom has given him.
If you haven’t started reading this series, you don’t know what you’re missing. This dynamic duo is what makes the X-Men so great. Pick up the book and run out to find the previous issues if you haven’t yet!