Thursday, August 18, 2011

X-Men: Schism #3 - Review

HELLFIRE RISES


The Schism event continues in the third part of five as the Hellfire Club attacks the gala event that the X-Men are attending. When they quickly dispatch of Emma Frost, Iceman, Magneto, Namor, and Colossus, Wolverine and Cyclops race to try and make it in time. Idie, the young girl that Wolverine has been looking after, is the only one left in a position to do something about it, but wants an order. Wolverine and Cyclops argue over the telepathic wavelengths over what she should do, and her actions form an even bigger rift between Logan and Scott.

Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Daniel Acuna, this issue of X-Men: Schism was okay, not great. It was a basic race-for-the-clock story with very little development until the end concerning the rift growing between the X-Men's two biggest characters, Wolverine and Cyclops. If anything it was just a classic party attack scene in superhero stories with an added flashback to explain why the kids leading the Hellfire Club are so crazy.

It isn't a bad issue though. There are some cool moments where the Hellfire Club uses the X-Men's weaknesses against them, and the ending had a promising look at a new kind of sentinel. The artwork was much better and more steady this time around, and the issue was a quick read. But it's getting a little crazy how everyone can use telepathy now, even when Emma Frost is knocked out. It's almost like every mutant can speak to each other through thoughts without any help now. I know there were other telepaths around helping out, but come on.

Overall I'm going to stick with this series until it ends. It has a good premise and the potential to do something interesting with the story. However, the whole thing with the sentinels attacking has taken place "off camera" so to speak. I was really hoping for a classic huge mutant versus robot battle like my fond childhood memories of X-Men. But hey, different strokes for different folks.

I wonder if I would have felt different about this series if I had read it as a complete trade and not as separate issues? Oh well, I guess we'll never know. Until then I'll keep reading them and reviewing them.

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