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X-Men #14 - First to Last, Part 4 Review

5

The secret past with the Evolutionaries is revealed, and now everyone knows what truly happened way back when in part 4 of "First to Last."

The secret past with the Evolutionaries is revealed, and now everyone knows what truly happened way back when in part 4 of "First to Last."

The Good

I really wish I had read the first three parts of this issue because this one was dynamite! I loved how a "forgotten" story was added to the X-Men mythos that actually affects current-day X-Continuity, especially when the story is pretty darn cool. The issue was exciting from front to back.

I'm loving the Evolutionaries. Not only is their place in the story awesome, they look pretty darn awesome as well. It's one of the few newer costumes that looks cool. The "we must kill all humans" bit has been going on in X-books since, well, since the first appearance of Magneto; however, the introduction of the Evolutionaries gives that story a little more meaning, even if it does feel a tad forced.

I usually am not a fan of two different art styles on a book, but it really works here simply because we're jumping between two different time periods. Paco Medina does the art for current times, which looks very contemporary and detailed, and Dalibor Talajic does the art for the past, when the X-Men were first running around, and I feel like he really hit those characters old looks right on the head, while keeping the art style in the 2000s.

The Bad

I missed out on the first 3 issues. That bugs me a lot.

The Verdict

I'm always weary about X-Men books because half of the time I feel like the stories just don't appeal to me, and the opening story to this series was just a bit shaky (Vampires!); however, this issue hit everything I love about X-Men right on the head. The art, by Talajic and Medina, is fantastic. It's a wonderful mixture of the old and the new. This story, by Chris Yost, is flat-out really cool, and I love the villains, the Evolutionaries. I highly recommend this issue, and I highly recommend I get off my butt and grab the first three parts of the story.