Home > Marvel Comics > New X-Men (2004 Series) #36

New X-Men (2004 Series) #36

March 13, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Mercury Falling Part Four
Rating: T+

Hellion and X-23 are out to save Cessily – but Kimura stands in their way.

Writer: 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

Hellion and X-23 finally reach the facility where Cessily is being held (took ‘em long enough) to find that she’s not exactly unprotected. Laura’s former handler, Kimura, is standing guard, along with some of the monsters made from Cessily’s skin.

This issue is mostly action sequence and cavalry, and as such, it works pretty well. The fights are good, and Paco Medina’s artwork is very well-suited to the style. There are several questions left open at the end, many of the character nation, and that’s a good thing. I just hope that Cessily doesn’t become dark and brooding.

After a good set-up, though, the last few pages get quite stale. One of the big problems with having a telepath in your cast is resisting the urge to have pages of expository dialogue as they pick another character’s history apart. In most cases, this is pretty boring to read, and this definitely qualities as “most cases.” The last page, however, brings back a long-lost character and an interesting (if someone overdone) portent of things to come.

All in all, better than this first few arcs with this writing team, but still not a knockout.

Rating: 7/10

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