X-Men keeps the Gameworld plot to a strong finish in issue #12, helping the title move along with great results. Several important questions are answered, leaving the flagship title in an interesting place for the Gala issue’s debut.
Sinister’s reveal is heating up, and it’s great to see Scott as the to take him down a peg considerinb their history together. A part of me read these scenes and did wish the story delved more into what makes this so personal for Scott considering their history, making it a more impactful scene. But ultimately, what we got was still great and still satisfying, so I can’t complain.
Seeing all the lady X-Men on Gameworld has been a fun little excursion. One thing the series has done that I’ve really loved is have each member of the team reveal what drew them to be on the X-Men one by one, showing their thoughts the night of the gala. A worry I’d always had about this book was that 12 issues didn’t seem like enough to do these characters justice, especially if they’re all going to be swapped out by the next Gala.
However, X-Men #12 squashes those worries and finally answers that question, revealing that many of the teammates will stay but some might be swapped out. With this in place, the book can grow organically and keep longer running plots, hopefully leaving room for more exploration of these characters like Lorna and Laura and Shiro.
Scott has arguably been the lead of this series, getting what feels like the most attention and spots for action. With Scott’s big move in the Urich plot, he reveals that he’ll likely be kicked off the team for it, leaving Scott in an incredibly interesting position moving forward. Because Scott’s had so much to do comparatively, he does seem like the best choice to remove from this team when the Gala shakes things up.
X-Men #12 leaves me interested for the future as a Scott fan, since he’s usually defined himself by being the leader of the X-Men. So what now? I’m interested to see where things take him. It also excites me as a fan of the X-Men, excited to see this team stick together at least a little and grow with new characters at the same time.
Larraz’s artwork is beautiful as always, making every issue look like a 10/10 comic. Duggan’s writing has picked up plot wise and seems to have secured himself a pretty good formula for how to handle the changing roster of the X-Men title in the Krakoa era.
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