After all the excitement from the last Uncanny arc and the All New X-men’s recent skirmish with Kid Xavier, we now have a calm before the storm issue. This is the much anticipated Last Will and Testament arc that Brian Michael Bendis has promised will change the X-landscape forever. This is a promise that has been often thrown around, but nothing Bendis has done so far suggests hyperbole, and with the tantalizing promise of Xavier’s last word on things, this was too much not to miss. Click Below for the review
So first off, this wasn’t really the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier, it was the prelude to it. Apart from the introduction to its existence thanks to She Hulk, nothing new was added to this concept. Previews and promos have advertised the existence of said will for a while now. Nothing new there, but what we did get was a mystery character who due to previews, we know is someone that Xavier had had contact with in the past. Xavier had a knack for this (see Cecelia Reyes and Forgetmenot). Let’s have some bullets.
Pro: Dazzler’s journey through this issue. Horrible things have happened and she’s about to have a nervous breakdown which we begin to witness. There;s a fantastic set of panels showing this and it’s all silent, as in no dialogue.
Kris Anka’s art seems to be quite polarizing but I am in love with his style and the thought that goes into certain characters poses and expressions. The Dazzler breakdown was nicely done if not just a tad too much mascara. She must have put on quite a lot just to go and beat the blue of Mystique.
Pro: Kris Anka brings out another great sequence that had me cheering. Cyclops is having a mini breakdown of his own, in his own way. It was a perfect character moment after all that has happened.
Pro: The conversation with Eva. Now this thing that happened on the field training adventure gone awry, is known by Cyclops and I love that the Cuckoos are showing consideration and concern for their new team mates. It humanizes them a bit more which is a nice nod to their own journey going on concurrently.
Con: we still don’t really know if the teams power nonsense is because of nanobots from Beast or if they are actually from misuse of the phoenix force. I need clarification.
Pro: Emma and Magik, “NO.”
Pro: You may or may not have noticed but, Emma continues to be the glue for this place and the voice of reason. Like consistently, and without fail. She’s pretty much been the back bone to this team. She saved both Cyclops and Jean Grey in the last issue of All New and she just says a lot of smart stuff. I love this Emma.
Con: I just need more spotlight Emma.
Pro: Cyclops welcomes Hi-jack back to the team. This was a learning moment. Both characters learned something and had a nice interaction in front of everyone no less.
Pro: The whole “…Is Xavier Really Dead?” conversation. It was rather good and a great point.
Con: So She Hulk is telling us there are only four names on the will and it’s Cyclops, Ice man, Storm and Beast? Like I know Xavier thought Jean Grey was dead but for all he knew, she could have been on one of her ON periods. Also, surely he knew about Angel, unless he deems this newer Angel as not the one he knew. And what about Kitty? What about Magneto? Really? Is it just those four named in the will?
Con: for all the great moments in this book we really didn’t get any juicy details from the will.
Pro: I was giddy as a school boy waiting for this issue to go live and now I’ll be waiting a whole month for all the goss’ of the next issue. As Wonka said, “The suspense is killing me, I hope it lasts.” Hats off to you Bendis.
What did you think? Did you love or hate this issue?