Extraordinary X-men #2 Review

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The fate of mutantkind is decided here! Staring down the threat of extinction once more, veteran X-Man Storm pulls together the team she’ll need to ensure her race’s survival. Together, these EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN will struggle with the familiar burden of being hated and feared, while facing threats the likes of which they’ve never seen. Here’s hoping they survive the experience!

Summary

Storm and the Extraordinary X-men try to recruit Old Man Logan to their cause but in his time he killed most of the X-men in his timeline. At college Young Jean Grey meanwhile tries to continue her civilian life but is forced to save an endangered Inhuman who she mistakes for a mutant. In the process she outs herself thus she has no choice but to return to the X-men. Colossus and Magik meanwhile continue to track Nightcrawler and run into the new Marauders and Sinister. When Magik is knocked unconscious X-haven reverts to Limbo. Elsewhere Wolverine and Young Jean have a meeting.

 

What I thought

Its tragic how far the X-men have fallen in terms of resonance with readers and relevance in the grand scheme of the superhero landscape. This issue in every conceivable way just feels like something Ive seen in one form or another before.

Storm is yet again a token black member of the X-men team. Where once the X-men were the most diverse group in comics they now play second fiddle to so many others in the industry, this is just tragic. It’s like the series started a trend in the 70’s and has since been taken over and surpassed in all ways by Marvel’s own Avengers and Inhuman brands, Valiant’s Unity brand and almost every indy book out there right now.

The story meanwhile was just plain ridiculous. Jean is a telepath and as such should be able to just erase the memories of those who saw her use her powers…so there would still be no need to return to the X-men. It was also predictable that Sinister was behind the abduction of Nightcrawler. Equally ridiculous was Storm relocating the X-men and the school to Limbo. This is the place that a young Illyana Rasputin fell in and returned as a teen with pieces of her soul missing, the place where students were almost killed, others killed and resurrected and another had pieces of her soul lost. In the Bendis’ Uncanny X-men Limbo now exists as a part of Magik. Common sense would dictate this would NOT be the place to set up shop. With the alien tech they have access to and the many geniuses why would they not relocate to another planet? The Blue Area of the Moon is also vacant? Or even just build a dome over the already established school? (Shakes head)

The only thing going for this book right now is the art which while good can’t save this lackluster tale.

Verdict

Overall this book As I said when I reviewed issue #1 there is nothing extraordinary about these X-men, they are just plain old ordinary. 2.5/5

stars- 2.5 Average

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