Home > Marvel Comics > New X-Men (2004 Series) #35

New X-Men (2004 Series) #35

February 11, 2007

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: Mercury Rising Part 3
Rating: T+

Hellion and X-23 set out to save Mercury!

Writers: Craig Kyle & Chris Yost
Pencils: Paco Medina
Inks: Juan Vlasco
Colors: Brian Reber
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Sean Ryan
Cover Art: Paco Medina
Publisher: Marvel Comics

After reviewing the first issue of this arc, I missed the second. It doesn’t seem like too big a loss, though, as apparently the only significant developments were that X-23 and Hellion took off to rescue Mercury and X-23 killed some guy, which people are really acting entirely too surprised about considering that she was genetically created for the express purpose of killing people.

Anyway, as those two continue their rescue mission, back at the mansion Surge tries to gather together a group to set off on a rescue mission of their own. They’re having trouble gathering members, however, and the presence of the O*N*E makes things even more difficult. Elixir continues his tutelage, to which Victor poses a perfectly logical question, X-23 briefly wears a frankly disturbing schoolgirl outfit, and we find out the real goal of the mad scientist who kidnapped Mercury.

While the story of the rescue effort remains kind of tedious, the actual plot of Mercury’s captor is rather intriguing. Not to say it’s entirely original, but at least it’s interesting enough to provide a suitable motivation for the story. I’m still a bit unsure about some of the damage she takes, though, from a logical standpoint. Of course, I can’t figure out why someone whose body is made of liquid metal can still grow hair either, so there ya go. I am, however, even more concerned that before this storyline ends she’ll either wind up just another statistic on the ridiculous body count this title has built over the last year or transformed into another bleak, depressing character driven by a motivation for vengeance and kicking puppies, the quota for which in this title is already filled by X-23.

Paco Medina’s artwork is pretty much what you would expect from the title at this point – serviceable, but falling into the quota of being another artist that draws teenagers not as teenagers, but as short adults (particularly the female characters). Granted, Kitty Pryde has never been an amazon (nor should she be), but there’s something weird when virtually all of her students have greater… um… assets than she does.

Like I said in the issue #33 review, the title has felt a slight uptick lately in quality, but not enough to get it back in my pull folder.

Rating: 6/10

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