X-Men Red Vol 1 #4
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Mahmud A. Asrar
Cover art by: Travis Charest
What You Need To Know:
In the last issue of X-Men Red, our team of merry mutants was attacked by a giant mutant-hunting Sentinel. Thankfully, newcomer Trinary has the ability to communicate with and control electronic equipment, to the benefit of our team, she takes complete control of the Sentinel and turns it into their personal 50-foot pet. They take it to Wakanda only to be attacked at the last second by a giant lightening bolt that surges straight through their massive ride. At the very last second, we come to find out that the individual that attacked them is none other than a former teammate: Ororo Munroe, former team leader and African goddess.
What Just Happened:
This issue starts out where the last one left off: with our team plummeting into the ocean after a giant electric surge shortens out every electrical system in the Sentinel their riding. After a bonding moment among Jean, Ororo, and a little telepathic brain surgery, our team leader comes closer to the answer of what is going after her new team when they find a microscopic nano-bot called a Sentinite that was created to attach itself to the host’s brain to turn it into a mutant-hunting sentinel. The problem is that if it attaches to a mutant, the mutant ends up wanting to end their own life. But they still don’t know the why it is taking place, and who the creator of these evil robots is.
Jean and her team come to a realization of their lack of safety after Storm’s attack and decide to move locations to a more remote place where they won’t be found quite so easily in Atlantis. Thankfully, T’Challa, the Black Panther, gives them some new field suits that protect the team against the new Sentinites.
I am still really enjoying this series; this issue only continues to progress the amazing re-introduction of a beloved character in Jean Grey. I love how the new team is balanced and how it takes every single one of our team members to unravel the mystery of this threat against mutant kind.
I didn’t feel the story as gripping as the previous issues, but it is still a wonderful edition to the series. I love Tom’s writing and Mahmud’s artwork. Its a wonderful collaboration and brings fantastic life to these characters.