Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Olivier Coipel (p), Tim Townsend (i)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Plot: Emma takes charge, and employs young quasi-telepathic quasi-mutant Layla to build up a fighting force with one goal in mind: to take down the House of M, for once and for all.
Comments: Rather than delay things any further, this issue proceeds with having Emma and crew immediately set about restoring the memories of all the key Avengers and X-men who were first intent on solving the Wanda problem. Peter Parker gets a double splash-page of horrors as Gwen’s neck snaps (twice), but then it’s a series of rapid dissolves to wake up Kitty, Stephen, Carol, Tony, Jennifer, Matt and everyone but Cap, who’s judged too old in this form to be useful.
Wolverine’s Red Guard, featuring Rogue, Nightcrawler, Spider-Woman, Mystique and the Toad (a rather clever version of the Brotherhood, though they don’t know it) offers one last skirmish before Emma and Layla put the whammy on them, too. What a surprise that he’s actually getting on with the story.
Less interesting: Though, of course, where this puts us with issue five is exactly where we were at the end of issue one. Well, not exactly, as the ire seems rather righteously directed at Magneto more than Wanda at this point.
Visual flair: Coipel’s as at home with these A-List Marvel characters as if he’s been drawing them for years. Well, it has been a couple by now I suppose. His version of Lorna especially is one of the loveliest ever, but he nails all the emotional scenes, too. A panel with all the players arrayed before a yet to wise-up Peter is very well composed.
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