We're three issues into this new series, and it does provide a bit of fun. There's a lot of great fight scenes here between characters, and the art of Ed McGuinness provides a ton of fun, along with the fabulous inks of Dexter Vines and the colors of Marte Gracia. This book is all eye candy for the readers. The fight scenes are fantastic and Beast looks great travelling through the air. Vines really does a phenomenal job with inks though. Everything not only fits well with the pencils, but it looks very natural. This is one of the few times, that I can remember, where the inks have wowed me.
This issue explores a bit into the past between Storm and Nightcrawler in a flashback. These two had a strong connection, years ago, so it's nice to see writer Jason Aaron giving us a moment from their past, instead of glossing over it.
I really loved the final page of this issue as we see a fully feral beast coming face to face with Nightcrawler. It's going to lead to a pretty exciting battle in the next issue, and I can't think of a time we've seen Beast look this crazy, which really makes you wonder if Hank is even in their anymore or if it's just the feral monster we see in front of us.
While the book is fun, it's a bit silly. I like these characters, I like seeing them interact with each other, and I normally really enjoy Jason Aaron's writing, but the tone of the book is incredibly goofy. Battling pirates in the afterlife really isn't working for me here. Maybe I don't know enough about Azazel, aside from the fact he's Nightcrawler's father. Nightcrawler is a fan favorite character and having him come back is a huge deal, but it feels like it's taken so lightly, and that's what throws this whole book off for me.
Part of this is also on McGuinness who has a bit more of a cartoonish drawing style. It takes away from the seriousness of the matter, in which Azazel is trying to take over Hell. He wants to become the ruler of all that is evil. It really comes down to that Aaron and McGuinness are great on their own but do not mesh well together.
AMAZING X-MEN #3 is a bit of fun, but it doesn't really do much else. There's some cool things happening here, but overall, it's a bit of a let down because it feels so silly. Aaron and McGuinness don't mesh to well as a team, with this story. Maybe it's because I am a big Nightcrawler fan and expect something a bit more serious and down to Earth for his return. While this book looks great, it's just ok. Nothing more, nothing less.