Comic Book Review: X-Men: Red #2
Boy did Jean Grey make an impression on the world. To soar to heights that have not been achieved by an X-Man yet, and just as easily fall to the aggressive attack by one of their most formidable enemies. I mean Kitty Pryde has been taking some backlash from an enemy who really has some hate for the mutant population, but the return of Cassandra Nova takes this danger to a whole new level. The big question for a series starting off on this note is how this Jean Grey will pick herself back up. That will make the strongest statement as to who we are now dealing with.
Seeing where Jean goes next was heavily anticipated moving forward. When faced with a Jean Grey who is finally grown-up enough to learn from her mistakes, one has to wonder what she would do next with Cassandra Nova turning her into public enemy number one. Her following actions for this issue were satisfactory since she was living up to her mission statement. Helping those who have similar goals in mind is the best step forward to take every time.
This new character, Trinary has been a point of interest for me since before this book debuted. It goes without saying that one of the best experiences in the X-Men world is when introduced to a new mutant. Not just for their powers, but for diverse backgrounds as well which is very intriguing in the case of Trinary. That isn’t to say that the reveal of her power and her situation wasn’t exciting. The approach they took to recruiting Trinary on her team was creative to say the least since this is not the best time for Jean and company to be making bold moves. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop the rescue from being pretty cool for how this team composition works fluently. Everything tends to be easier when you have a telepath on hand, though easier with the rest working together period.
With that said, it was nice to get a refresher on characters like Nezhno. He is an X-Man who admittedly can be missed because other writers want to recycle the same mutants for their books. It became so easy to forget what makes him tick, what he is capable of, and why he could easily be your favorite. Part of the exploration of his character somewhat reminds you of what Jean tries to be when she’s at full self-awareness.
The political side of this story is nothing too new in the X-Men world, but it is a perspective in storytelling that you can’t help but appreciate when a creative team decides that needs to take priority in some way. The arguments tend to be the same, but that its nothing short of relatable in contrast to our world and the way media will try to create victims and enemies.
Going into this second issue the artwork maintains consistency from start to finish. The first few scenes were perfect for the perspective of this book when not everything you expect to be flashy and action-packed. You also come to expect the more human moments whether it is two spokesman arguing over the news, or other matters of first-world interest. For the short time that we spent in Wakanda, I enjoyed the beauty that they captured through views of the city and the natural environments. The color choice was smart for the range of organic colors representing nature, to pale tones to emphasize depth of the city. That aside, the action shots seemed to be where this art team was at their best. The closer and bigger the object, the better quality they are able to get out of these characters, which fortunately isn’t a problem considering panned out there is still enough detail between the characters, places, and things.
Overall X-Men: Red #2 was another solid issue that chooses substance over style. This creative team continues to deliver more of what separates this one from other X-books on shelves which is more important than you think with so many ongoing currently and still to come.