Marvelous X-Men has been building up to this issue the entire story so far, and it did not disappoint. Xavier Day is one of the greatest holidays of the world of Age of X-Man, and we get to see some of it. But does the holiday go off without a hitch?
Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Marco Failla, Matt Milla, and Joe Caramagna invite us to celebrate Xavier Day with the X-Men and Department X.
The X-Men travel to London to stop Apocalypse and the X-Tracts from attempting to destroy the world they’ve built. However, things start to fall apart as the X-Men each question their loyalty to their world, and their cause, both as a direct effect of Xavier Day and the events of the story so far. Can the X-Men hold it together, or will Nate Grey’s reality crumble to dust around them?
Thompson and Nadler masterfully show how they’ve been constructing the entire miniseries (plus the Alpha issue) for this story. All of the dominoes tumble into place in a very satisfying way, with almost every plot element from the previous four issues coming back in some way. They also twist the formula we saw previously, as Jean Grey sees reality unraveling, but it doesn’t go the way we expect.
Failla’s has the tallest order he’s had to face in this issue, depicting the largest crowd he’s had to put on paper to date. He ably shows us the crowd erupting into an unexpected riot (how often is a comic book riot full of passionate kissing, not violence?), but also the team’s panicked reactions to it. The aftermath is also sold through body language and facial expressions incredibly well, with so much happening in the team’s heads.
Things are falling apart, and that might be the best thing for the X-Men.
Marvelous X-Men #4 is available now from Marvel Comics.