Forging A Way Ahead!
Forge has a secret mission that he’s been working on for the Quiet Council for some time.
Now that he’s been elected to be one of the X-Men, the world’s greatest heroes, it’s time to put it into action… even if it does break some of the laws of Krakoa.
The Comicbook DispatchDont skip out on X-Men #16. The story itself is a bit trivial with some low-key moments that will provide enough substance to engineer a reasonable score, especially the push and focus on Forge. However, its the imagination that Duggan infuses into X-Men #16 that propels this issue to new heights. I havent felt this jazzed for an X-Men title in quite some time. And after including the last issue, this entire arc so far is dripping with potential. X-Men #16 is a must-buy for any X-Men whos been around the block since the Hickman era began. The story is exciting, the possibility is widespread, and the impact of this inventive tale will be felt throughout the entire Marvel Landscape at some point.
Monkeys Fighting RobotsX-Men #16 is another thrilling entry into Duggan’s run. The writing is fun and fresh with a less than ideal team dynamic. Cassara’s art absolutely slays as he draws your favorite heroes in action.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: A tense, intense and entertaining story that adds some interesting drama to the arc and the characters. The tension between Scott and Alex is interesting to explore in the story and the aftermath of it teases bigger issues to come. The tension of Forge’s mission is great and I love the twist at the end of the issue and what it could mean. The Art: Cassara delivers some thrilling art throughout the issue. The visuals are fun, beautifully detailed and highlight the tension of the story.
COMICONRevisiting one of the strongest arcs of the previous volumes of X-Men creates one of the best arcs of the volume to date. The art is still and the writing is full of some fantastic threads. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
ComicBook.comX-Men #15 is a two-pronged story split between Forge infiltrating the Vault and the rest of the X-Men waiting outside for him to return. Unfortunately, the more interesting of these plots—the Vault—is the one least suited to writer Gerry Duggan's skills. (...) Visually, Joshua Cassara brings the goods with his fully-rendered style. GURU-eFX can't match the painterly flair that Dean White previously brought to Cassara's work in their frequent collaborations, but his colors are stellar nonetheless. An intriguing final reveal helps compensate for some of this issue's unfulfilled potential.
Comic Book RevolutionGerry Duggan and Joshua Cassara get this series back on track with X-Men #16. From the chemistry of this new team to the surprising ending X-Men #16 pushes this series forward in multiple ways. It all works to build intrigue in where this series will go next.
Comic WatchAs Forge and Caliban as a talking pullover sweater dives deeper and deeper into the Vault trying to save Darwin, we get another look at Krakoas new public team. Still finding the cohesion of this team to be a tad lacking thus far. Rather unremarkable character work, with middling art that just doesnt mesh with the writing style, it might be a rather forgettable arc in the Krakoan era.
AIPTDuggan's exploration of the Vault has ultimately been much less exciting than Hickman's, but the plot being rolled out is still ultimately quite interesting.
Henchman-4-HireSome interesting future stories are set up in this issue, but we need to take some contrived steps to get there.
You Don't Read ComicsX-Men #16 is a terrible comic. Duggan’s script plays to his strengths, but those are so very weak. There were so many interesting ways this issue could have gone, but instead, he took it down the stupidest road possible. Somehow, the work of the typically fantastic art team of Cassara and GURU-eFX is mediocre. It’s almost like the terribleness of the script infected everything else in the book.