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Review – X-Men #3 (Marvel Comics)

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X-Men #3

Writer: Johnathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu 
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan & Leinil Francis Yu
Colorist: Sunny Gho & Rain Beredo
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: December 4, 2019

Another breach to the mutant homeworld, this time in the Savage Land, but what are these new invaders after?

 

Uninvited Guests Come to the Savage Land in X-Men #3

The mutant land of Krakoa has been having some conflicts lately and in X-Men #3 some visitors in the Savage Land cause a ruckus. As Cyclops tries to deal with the growing tension within his own family, he goes to investigate this new threat. With Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw in tow, the mutants go to confront this new threat to their homeland. But what could these people want with the Savage Land and do they possibly think they can stand up to the mutant force?

Writing

X-Men #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Leinil Francis Yu
X-Men #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Leinil Francis Yu

Jonathan Hickman does some weird Hickman stuff in X-Men #3. After the first issue of X-Men, I thought this might be a little toned down, more family-drama type book. Nope; that may be still happening a little, but Hickman brings in an odd group of villains with even odder stances and motives for their attack. Like always, this is spoiler-free, so I won’t spoil who these villains are and what they are about. Which makes it very hard to get really into the story with this review.

Just know these aren’t your ordinary people the X-Men go up against. It is definitely odd, and I like it and don’t like it at the same time. It is definitely funny; throughout X-Men #3, Hickman does a fantastic job with the dialogue. I could read a whole issue of Jean Grey and Emma Frost throwing shade at one another. Hickman does a great job with the tension/friendship between the two. The dialogue of the new villains is also very fun once they are revealed. 

Storywise, the whole Krakoa thing, I still have issues with. After all the talk it seems people are getting into it pretty easily, and the whole talk about it feeds off mutant powers, doesn’t sound that great? The only major thing is Cyclops gets fooled by a classic cliché and, while you see it coming a mile away and it does serve the purpose for the story, I can’t believe someone of Cyclops’ training level and his attitude gets duped like he does.

Art

Leinil Francis Yu continues as the main artist on X-Men #3. There are inking credits to Gerry Alanguilan and two colorist credits to Sunny Gho and Rain Beredo. You can feel a bit of an art switch-up on a few pages, mainly from the inking, as some of it is a little tighter and cleaner than what the rest of the issue is. Not that it is that noticeable or distracting but it is there. You can also catch a little color change-up as well. Again, nothing distracting or taking away from the issue.

I really liked the costume designs for the villains in X-Men #3. I wish we got to see more of the characters with their masks on. They have a great “steampunk” look to them. Yu adds in some great details to them and visually they look great on the pages. Cyclops also continues to look awesome. Yu captures him well and gives him a great stoic look.

The layouts and the structure of X-Men #3 are well done and paced well. It seems it has a lot more going on than it really does. Yu does a good job of placing characters and action while leaving room for plenty of dialogue. 

Conclusion

Everything about X-Men #3 is solid. The story is good and brings in some new and interesting characters into the fold. The art is all-around good. The colors catch the brightness of the landscape well, while still keeping the tone of the story. I do have a few hangups about the villains and how what happens in the issue. Also, the whole Krakoa thing seems to be falling apart super-quickly after it was built up as such a huge deal. 

I kind of wish things slowed down a bit in X-Men #3 and we got more of the “family” type stuff. We are shot off into this new big conundrum and I kind of wish that got played out just a little longer. Also, if you are going to show Cyclops riding a dinosaur on the cover you should totally deliver that in the book!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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