WAS CYCLOPS RIGHT? – AN A.X.E. TIE-IN!
Are ANY of the X-Men right?
Only one can judge them and the Day of Judgment is here, for good or ill, and the newest team of X-Men must face the truth about themselves and what they have done.
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The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Duggan delivers a story filled with great energy and tension. The action is thrilling and I love the immediacy of the plot and its stakes. There are some great character moments throughout the plot and the characters have great interactions with each other. The story is enjoyable from start to finish and I love how it ties into the bigger Judgment Day storyline. The Art: Villa delivers thrilling art on every page. The action is immediate, beautifully detailed and visually dazzling.
Comic WatchIn the event tie in that’s not an event tie in, we finally get some much needed character development for Iceman, and Duggan and Villa gave us a little ditty that let Iceman come out to the world, and gave us an example of how real world members of the LGBTQ+ are often viewed, or felt like we need to edit ourselves to make things more palatable for the straight folk. Depending on how Duggan handles this, it could be a cheer or a jeer.
AIPTX-Men #14 was another fun return to form of sorts and had some great, powerful moments. This issue makes you wish the rest of the series had this vibe and hopefully, future issues do too.
The Comicbook DispatchX-Men #14 takes an A.X.E.: Judgment Day tie-in about the judgment of mutants and redirects that focus toward Iceman and his sexuality. Yet regardless of your personal stance on the topic at hand, you have to admit that Duggan does some literary magic showcasing the parallels between the two judgments. Nevertheless, I find myself scratching my head wondering why.
Comic Book RevolutionAs a standalone superhero comic book X-Men #14 continues the trend of Gerry Duggan telling stories effectively in one issue. This is a great showcase for Iceman and Firestar as they are given major spotlights in this issue. When it comes to being a tie-in to A.X.E.: Judgment Day that part of the story is more of an afterthought. Hopefully once A.X.E.: Judgment Day we get to see the new X-Men team have time to build up their chemistry.
You Don't Read ComicsX-Men #14 isnt terrible, which is pretty good for this book. Its not really a tie-in, feeling like something that Duggan planned anyway. X-Force #31 did the same thing, but it felt better in that book, mainly because Percy is just better than Duggan. The book is a mixed bag, but the good parts shine enough that it overshadows Duggans usual dross. Villa and Milla do a good job, for the most part. All in all, its a mostly entertaining issue that has just enough good stuff to overcome Duggans usual shoddiness as an X-Men writer.
Geek'd OutThe X-Men story, on the other hand, focuses on a classic mutant metaphor angle by showing the casual homophobia Iceman faces as a twofer minority. The actual meat of the issue is mostly just one extended action set-piece with Bobby at the center, but it’s the framing device around it that also feeds into the overarching theme of “judgment” as a tie-in to this event.
ComicBook.comX-Men #14 suffers, as its predecessor did, for being a tie-in issue to Judgment Day. X-Men was already a series that was more style and spectacle than narrative depth, but with the main movements of Judgment Day happening elsewhere these issues feel particularly thin, replaced by a framing device that's unsubtle even if its message is admirable, and perfunctory epilogue tying more directly into the event story. Again, substitute artists C.F. Villa and Matt Milla can't capture the same grandeur that Larraz and Gracia have brought to the series, but there are some cool moments where gets to show their knack for fluid motion.