I just finished reading the first issue of X-Men Messiah Complex and all I can really say is that it doesn’t completely suck so far. I’m going to try to reserve judgement, since we all know that I’ll end up reading the entire thing anyway.
But I have a few – admittedly small – issues so far.
I’m going to hit on the artwork first, just to get it out of the way. I’ve never been a huge fan of Marc Silvestri, but he definitely doesn’t suck. The art is pretty in this book, but I was a bit put off by the fact that everyone seems to be posing, Emma constantly presenting her ass to Scott, and not engaged in actions you would expect them to be engaged in at the moment. Very pretty, but it doesn’t do much to tell the story and actually kind of took me out of the story.
In the last arc, the Marauders went out of their way to wipe out everything even resembling knowledge of future events for the X-Men – obviously for this very purpose. So why are the X-Men so shocked that other groups who still have precogs or at least some knowledge of the future knew about an event before them?
Is Scott Summers‘ secondary mutation brain damage?
Finally, I can’t remember the last name I read Wolverine calling Cyclops “Slim”, especially because Cyclops is kinda buff these days. I also can’t remember Nightcrawler lapsing into German when written by Brubaker recently. So why does it seem like they’re doing both on every other page?
Like I said, small things, but they took me out of the story a bit.
That said, I’m obviously not going to drop anything X-like any time soon, I’m just hoping it gets better.