This issue was sad. Very sad. I’m of the hope that once this Schism nonsense (I say nonsense lovingly, I’m actually rather enjoying it) is over, then perhaps the Uncanny X-Men title can go back to normal.
Each X-Man has chosen his or her side of the argument. Those siding with Wolverine are packing themselves into the X-jet to take off back to New York where they will begin building a new school from the ground up. Cyclops is having a hard time with this process. As much as he puts on his typical stoic-Scott face, he’s hardly hiding his pain well.
The secondary main character of this issue was Bobby Drake, Iceman. Bobby is a character I often think that I underappreciate because most of the time I just don’t “get him”. But in this issue, he was the perfect character to somehow manage both resembling and being the complete opposite of Scott. Through him we felt the full impact of what the schism means, and we also feel the hope of it not being perminent. Of all the original five of the first class, he is probably the one that has remained the most in tune with his original 1960s self. In an issue chalked-full of symbolism, this character trait is important.
An interseting side-plot has also begun the development process in this issue. Sinister is back. While he is as nutso as ever, he makes some implications during a long bout of soliloquey that certainly are worthy of a raised eyebrow. (I’d love to say more, but i won’t.)
But above all other aspects of this thoughtful last issue, my favorite part was the first page. Upon opening the cover a reader will be greated with the artwork from the very first page of X-men #1 (which began the continuous number now ending in Uncanny #544). The dialogue, though, has been altered and is rather a little heartbreaking. These old days of the X-Men are long gone. Will they ever be able to capture them again? Should they? One half of the mutant population thinks they should. The other half is quite against it. What side have YOU chosen?
Daredevil #1 was one of my favorite comic books of the year. Therefore, considering this week saw the release of the second printing of DD#2, I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a bit of follow up. The quick verdict? There was a coolness factor in issue #1 that centered around building an aura around Daredevil as a character. For the sake of plot progression, a little bit of this coolness wore off, but it was still an extremely well-written, witty, and well-paced issue.
Matt Murdock was recently dismissed from an important court trial due to the mass city-wide suspiscion that he is Daredevil. At this particular moment, Daredevil is not the most popular hero in the world. He had some mental-issues prior to this series due to the fact that he was posessed by demon who had made him do some rather heinous things. Now the law is after him – and these days the law takes the form of the big man himself, Captain America.
To make matter worse, Matt Murdock is still determined to get this trial the proper representation. The client deserves to win and has the evidence to do it. Yet all the lawyers in town are running from this open position. Matt must figure out why – which, of course, leads him into trouble. It helps, of course, that a sexy colleague of his did take the case, discretely offering her help.
The art I’m also still loving. There is a really neat distinction in the complexity of the images in the Daredevil scenes and in the Matt Murdock / average Joe scenes. Paolo Rivera is still holding strong in the style he has created for this series.
This series is now on issue #4, with issue #5 to release next week. If Daredevil is a character that appeals to you, then I highly suggest playing catch-up. This is still a great opportunity to begin this relationship.