X-men (2013) #13 and #14 Review

X-men 13
X-men #13

 BLOODLINE PART 1

Jubilee is haunted by Shogo’s past… or is it his future?!

Summary

Shogo’s father escapes from prison. On the grounds of the Jean Grey school a student is critically injured. Storm locks down the school but another student gets injured. That night Jubilee receives a message that Shogo’s father is coming for him and everyone at the school will die.

 

What I thought

The art did nothing for me unfortunately. Two good things happened. 1. Storm and Psylocke continue to be treated like the long standing Bff’s they are 2) Monet is back to having something other than pale white skin. The students injured are both throwaways so I didn’t not care whether they lived or died.  I found the issue boring overall and very flat. Overall I give this issue

stars- 2.5 Average

 

X-men #14
X-men #14

The Jean Grey School is under attack, leaving a young X-Man dead on the school’s front lawn.

Jubilee’s worst nightmare has come to pass… and the future’s being rewritten.

Clay Mann (GAMBIT) joins Brian Wood for a terrifying new chapter in X-Men history!

Summary

This issue had Monet and Rachel doing reconnaissance and capture the shooter. Jubilee meanwhile teaches Shogo how to activate a shield and Storm spends some time with her daughter Kymera. When Storm calls an emergency meeting to sort out the details of her team the shooter escapes and blows up part of the school. The shooter eludes the X-men but Kymera manages to not just grab him but run a knife through him right before he explodes. Outside Shoga’s father and his team make plans to attack the team at down.

What I thought

I enjoyed this issue exponentially more than the last. The exchanges between Storm and Kymera were fun and the concern Storm has for her and Jubilee has for Shogo was executed well. We still have very little clarification on what Kymera’s powers are but we get glowing cat like eyes this issue and the manifestation of an eagle to carry shogo pretty much out of thin air. The art was more bearable this issue as were the colors and sombre mood. Monet also got some decent panel time used to show off her super speed and killer personality.

Overall this is a step in the right direction for a series which started out strong but floundering afterwards. We give this one a 3/5

stars- 3 good

 

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