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Young X-Men #2

Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2008
By: Bryant Frattalone

Marc Guggenheim
Yanick Paquette, Ray Snyder
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Young X-Men #2 arrives in stores tomorrow, May 7.

Plot: Cyclops puts the new team through their paces and then points, aims and shoots them at their targets.

Commentary: Something is not quite right here. All things are not as they seem. After reading this issue, I'm convinced of it. In my review of the first issue of Young X-Men I hinted that what Guggenheim is doing here is cloning the idea of X-Force with the slight twist that these are the younger generation of last mutants. I'm starting to think that The New Mutants are not planning on being the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and that the Young X-Men will not wind up killing anyone, at least not in the near future. The book opens with an extended Danger Room scene and gives a nostalgic nod back to the very first Claremont issues of the New Mutants, oh so many moons ago. There's even a Magnum P.I. reference that long time readers will greet with a smilem and it's even funnier because the Young X-Men don't have a clue who Magnum P.I. is. Hilarious and refreshing and it is my first hint that this book will not be as grim and violent as it first appeared to be.

Last issue's standout character was Dust. This issue it is Blindfold. Guggenheim gives her cryptic lines bordering on the insane. He makes her say a whole lot by saying a little, such as when Dust asks her, "Is everything all right?" Her reply is, "Everything? No, there's too much in everything." Brrr, weighty and creepy. The things she says are made more so because blindfold aside, she’s an attractive young girl. Guggenheim is infusing her with more character than Irene Adler, the original Destiny of Mystique's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, ever had. Guggenheim gives us her an unique perspective on the world with one statement, "When I think of tomorrow, I remember it." Her dialogue is interesting and fun to read. Check it out.

One wonders where Cyclops is getting all of his intel on the supposed rise of the New Brotherhood. You can't help but wonder it. The answer may just well be he has all the info because he is making it up himself. The reasons still remain a mystery. Of course, I could be way off and wrong, but this series is still maintaining enough intrique to not keep you from reading it. It was a nice nod to the past to see Cyclops divide the kids into the Blue and Gold team format which was begun and then discarded by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee in their 1990's relaunch of The X-Men in their legendary first issues. The story winds down and heats up with the kids confronting two former New Mutants, and in true teen super group tradition, a traitor is revealed in their midst! Guggenheim is writing this series well enough at this point that I’m willing to let him run with the cliché. There are enough questions and surprises in the offing that though he is mining these kinds of staple storylines I have confidence he'll put his own unique twist on them. The story and art are well crafted here. I've never liked anything Paquette has done before. I remember his uglier days on Aquaman for DC and it may just be he didn't have the right material or inkers. But his work shines in Young X-Men with the help of Ray Snyder's inks.

Final Word: So far so good for the New, Young, Different X-MEN.







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