krisis's X-Men #2 - Curse of the Mutants, Part 2 review

Avatar image for krisis

Slightly Sharper Story Is Still Skippable

Victor Gischler puts his story into motion with an issue that balances action, exposition, and intrique, but still feels slight.

Story & Script  
Gischler spends more time focused on specific X-Men in this issue and manages to find their voices effectively. Wolverine and Colossus communicate most of their strategy through movement, saving speech for irreverent jabs at each other. Cyclops continues to issue decisive commands that aren't the smartest, much to the chagrin of his “army.”

The vampire side of the script is what drags. None of them seem especially frightening, which isn't surprising, as mainstream vampires simply aren't frightening anymore – they're sexy and cunning. That's not so objectionable as Xarus's master plan – infect Jubilee to capture Wolverine so he can turn all of the X-Men. 

Seriously? If you have all the vampire sects under control for the first time, why not double or triple your numbers by munching on a few major cities WITHOUT any superheroes to protect them?

Pitting Cyclop's dubious plan against Xarus's regrettable scheme is a pretty poor excuse for a six issue long arc.

Adi Granov turns in another stunning primary cover – especially his lithe, dangerous Blade. Readers with a sharp eye will note that he took some liberties with Wolverine's costume 

Paco Medina is a strong penciler, and I especially like his efficient, easy-to-follow action. His slick  X-Men look great – cartoonish without being super-deformed (think Bachalo or Humberto Ramos) – especially Cyclops, whose boyish appearance sans visor is obscured by his cowl, which makes him look stone-jawed and adult. However, all of the vampires look like attendees of a goth dance party, and Blade seems bloated. Maybe that's the fault of an especially vibrant set of colors from Marte Gracia, but it's not setting a foreboding tone for this blood-stained arc.

Bottom Line 
Gischler and Medina turn in a finer effort here than in their first issue, but overall the story suggests an unwarranted mini-series more than a new flagship X-title. The result is an enjoyable issue that's still easily skippable.    

Other reviews for X-Men #2 - Curse of the Mutants, Part 2

    Mutants vs. Vampires? All Right. 0

    To be clear, I was dreading this story when it was first announced. The idea of going from Second Coming to a mutants vs. vampires story sounded terrible, especially with Necrosha in recent memory. But back then, I was also under the impression that this story would be much bigger than a self-contained arc in the new X-Men ongoing series. It turns out Curse of the Mutants is much better than I was expecting.  If the cover doesn't make it obvious enough, Blade joins the fray this issue. He acts t...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

    X-Men v3 Issue 2 0

    Well, after a great start, I think that this book has already slipped to the bottom of my stack concerning X-Books. It's not that this is bad, because it's not. It's just not all it should be, it's not enough of a flagship (With the name X-Men it should be one of the best books out there), and it's boring. I love the art, I like the way the team is portraying the vampire threat, but with the high caliber X-Books out there, this just doesn't do it for me. But hey, I'm picky. Maybe predictability ...

    4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.