The hunt for one of the X-Men’s most vicious new foes is heating up. In Fallen Angels #3 that’s quite literal, as Psylocke, X-23 and Cable come face to face with the evil AI’s servants.
Bryan Hill, Szymon Kudranski, Frank D’Armata, Joe Sabino, and Tom Muller put readers face to face with the evil of Apoth.
Picking up immediately after last issue, the trio of mutants battle desperately against Apoth’s drones. They’re almost immediately split up. Soon Cable finds himself face to face with the evil AI and Psylocke and Laura have to figure out its next move.
I really struggled with this issue. Psylocke and Laura’s relationship is so strange, as Kwannon is talking down to her so much. Laura is at least 18 in universe, but she’s treated like a child again, and so much of the character growth she’s had the last four years doesn’t seem to exist. Cable barely is presence here either, despite getting equal billing to Psylocke and Laura. A high point though is with the villain- Apoth feels scary and intimidating and does a lot to help the issue.
The art also stumbles in this issue. Almost the entire issue lacks backgrounds, and for some reason the backgrounds are filled instead with a rainbow spectrum. The anatomy is off in many places, and faces are awkward. There are some great action scenes though- especially as Laura tears through the tripod-like Apoth drone.
I love the creators’ work elsewhere, which set my expectations high for this issue. Unfortunately it’s not quite getting there for whatever reason. I know others are enjoying it, and I’m glad they are, but in the end this series is not working for me.
Fallen Angels #3 is available now from Marvel Comics.