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X-Men: Worlds Apart #3 (of 4)

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
By: Alex Rodriguez

Christopher Yost
Diogenes Neves (p), Ed Tadeo (i), Raúl Treviño (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: X-Men: Worlds Apart #3 arrives in stores Friday, January 2.

Goodbye Existentialism, hello just entertainment. I had originally hoped that X-Men: Worlds Apart would feature an "existential treat." However, it has turned into an entertaining story without the depth I had been hoping for. Now, this is not to say that the story isn't still good or worth reading, merely that I had hopes that the story would be more complex and intimate with regard to the inter-workings of Storm. Unfortunately for me, this was not the direction Yost felt the arc should go.

This issue throws us into the middle of the battle begun at the end of last issue. With the Dora Milaje defeated, the Black Panther himself has come to take down Storm. What the Shadow King fails to realize is that by exposing T’Challa to Storm, he has exposed that T’Challa is fighting back and Storm's hope is reborn. In the meantime, Cyclops, who Storm blew out of the sky, is now trying to get his hands on a plane so he can get to the X-Men. But his mission is not one of good intention; he too is under the control of the Shadow King.

The writing in this issue is good, but not as good as its predecessors. Although the dialogue is fluid and allows the story to move forward smoothly, it lacks a certain amount of authenticity. The language sometimes comes across as too formal, bordering on melodramatic. There are moments in the issue where the formality of the speech enhances the severity of the scene but there is not enough to make this choice by Yost worthwhile.

Although the dialogue has its downfalls, the pacing of the issue is still solid and it still drives the story forward, keeping the reader's attention. Yost doesn't dwell for too long on any given scenario. This allows the comic to shift the reader from one point to another while building up the story's momentum. Yost also does a good job of reminding the reader of Storm's many dimensions through the humility needed to enter the spirit world, her attitude within the spirit world, and, with the aid of the art team, Storm's childish and devious smirk when she picks the lock to get into the palace.

The art of this issue is beautiful. This art team has become one of my favorites of late. Treviño's colors are powerful and alive, forcing each and every image off the page. Neves' style mixed with Tadeo's ink work, provide Treviño with the ideal foundation for his color work. Neves' pencil work provides for a very expressive and animated feel to the characters without losing their humanity to the artwork. Storm's glances of rage and mischief exude a connection with those emotions that provoke both excited anticipation of how she will choose to attack, but also a menacing feeling as to how far she will go to defeat her enemy. Yost heightens this excitement by providing for clever ways of attack, such as manipulating the air pressure in the inner ear of the Black Panther.

All-in-all, although this issue is not as good as its predecessors, it is still a good and entertaining read with some clever mechanics to battle tactics. I would recommend picking up this issue the next time you're at your local comic shop, especially if you've been following the miniseries.







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