Editor's Note: X-Men: Worlds Apart #4 arrives in stores tomorrow, January 28.
The conclusion has finally arrived. In this final installment of X-Men: Worlds Apart, Storm finally finds a way to defeat the Shadow King and finds within herself, the answer to who she truly is.
Meh. The ending, while coherent and suitable, is less than exciting. When this miniseries began, I considered the possibility of it being "quite the existential treat." Unfortunately, as the books plowed forward to its end, what played out was more of a half-hearted philosophy. The revelations became predictable; the personal challenges that could have been explored were passed over for the sake of brevity, and the character development became all the more shallow for it. It's disappointing because I was hoping for so much with this, but what can you do? It is what it is, and that's all that can be done.
The writing in this issue is almost melodramatic with long monologues regarding Storm's love for her fellow X-Men and her husband, sometimes getting to the point where it might as well be "blah…blah…blah…," never really providing for a true connection to Storm's struggle. Well, at least not the struggle I was hoping for when I read the first issue.
There's history behind the struggle between the Shadow King and Storm, and I don't feel that this series, much the less this issue, captured the existing tension and hardship that either character has endured due to the connection to the other. The resolution was mildly clever in that it was very simple. No bells or whistles, but it leaves me wondering why Storm didn't just do it earlier. I know… I know… if she'd done it earlier than there wouldn't have been a mini-series. But I say that if it were going to be concluded in such a simplistic fashion, then she could have just done it in the beginning and spared us the disconnected hardship.
There was more that could have been done with this arc. Perhaps a more dramatic moment of doubt, a more powerful control factor between Storm and the Shadow King. Or even a couple of hidden control factors (i.e. Nezhno being a chosen vessel for the Shadow King, sure it would have altered the character, but you could have always played it off to his naiveté -- maybe he was trying to better his mutant abilities?). Nonetheless, writing wise, this series was just okay and nothing more.
The art, on the other hand, was once again beautiful. As I've stated in my reviews before regarding this art team, they have become one of my favorites for their style. The colors are rich, the lines are bold, and the character designs are appealing, keeping you stuck to the page for the art, if for nothing else. The spread with the cloud storm was beautiful, and the use of blues is great.
All-in-all, if you're collecting the series, pick up this issue. If you're not… well, what you guess is the ending is probably just as good.
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