The World Gets A Lot Bigger In X-Men #2 By Hickman, Yu And Marvel

by Tony Thornley

One of the greatest things about the Dawn of X is how many cool new additions to canon are coming from this new era. X-Men #2 does exactly that, diving deep into one of the newest, and perhaps most exciting, bits of new X-Men mythology.

Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho, Clayton Cowles, and Tom Muller take us on an unexpected island vacation.

In the wake of X-Force #1 a strange island has materialized not far from Krakoa, attracting the other island’s attention. Cyclops, Cable and Rachel rush to the new island, hoping to learn what’s happening before the two land masses collide. What they find however is much stranger and much bigger than they expected…

Hickman is wasting no time in exploring threads from House of X and Powers of X, and this issue is no exception. Not only does he introduce Krakoa’s mate, but also gives us hints of the First Horsemen, Apocalypse’s former soldiers who were sucked into Limbo centuries ago. It’s a great bit of lore to kick the series off.

I also really enjoy the interplay between the characters here. Cyclops and Rachel have some of the best interplay the characters have had in decades (probably since Jean’s death back in 2004), and for the first time since The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, Scott and Nate feel like father and son. Their dialogue is witty and fun, and it drives the action forward instead of just serving as witty asides during a fight.

Yu, Alanguilan, and Gho show why they were hired as the initial art team for the series. Their vision of Arakko is lush and beautiful, both in lineart and color, which makes the splashes of violence even more shocking. Their action is also great, with an exciting battle between the Summoner and the X-Men serving as a great capper for the issue. The downside is in the character work- Yu’s figures are very rigid, which strikes a very different tone from what we see in the jokey dialogue.

The Dawn of X is showing that the potential for stories in this new status quo is limitless and I love what we’ve been seeing. This is the most exciting relaunch I’ve read in years of comics fandom.

X-Men #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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