THE ULTIMATE MUTANT HUNTER!
The X-Men lived in fear of Nimrod’s creation, and now it’s clear why!
The ultimate weapon of mutant extinction is ever-adapting, ever-evolving, with only one goal – DEATH TO MUTANTKIND!
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Duggan crafts some impressive and intense drama throughout this issue. The desperation of the mutant struggle continues to be compelling both internally and externally and I love the conflict within Synch regarding giving up the woman he loves or losing the war he’s fighting. There are some great moments of humor in the issue as well and adding Spider-Man to the mix was a great touch. The Art: Noto delivers some great art in the issue. Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy his art, the visuals felt flat outside of the moments with Synch and Talon. The action needed more visual pizazz to get my attention.
COMICONIt’s far from perfect, but even with its faults, I enjoyed it. This is the sort of victory the stories for the last nine months needed.
Geek'd OutX-Men #31 is a quick, easy-breezy issue with two main concerns: having Synch work through his grief over losing Talon, and setting things in place for the next installment of the story. There’s not too much to talk about because of it, but writer Gerry Duggan and artist Phil Noto do a great job of balancing the two and making the issue feel like a substantial read. I’ve always had a soft spot for Noto’s work, and he’s able to balance the dual requirements (action and character) in admirable form. I have a feeling this truly will be the last we see of Talon —who, as you might’ve forgotten, currently has a double more closely resembling her pre-Vault self running around in the universe— so when Synch decides he needs to let her go, it’s genuinely affection. But the action scenes with the others are very fun and light, cutting through the tension for a little bit of levity.
Comic Book RevolutionX-Men #31 did what tie-in comic needs to do in expanding particular character arcs from the main event. The placement of this story happening before Fall of the House of X and Rise of the Powers of X both helped and hurt the overall ending of this two-part story. It'll be interesting to see what stories this X-Men will amplify from the crossover and if it can be more than filler content.
Major SpoilersI liked the emphasis on characterization in this issue, but I’m surprised we didn’t focus more on the plot. This issue is a significant win for mutants, and I expected a little more fanfare. But perhaps that is being saved for the Fall of the House of X title.
ComicBook.comX-Men #31 brings the tragic saga of Synch and Talon to its conclusion. While Talon tries to talk sense into Synch, with the X-Men's entire plan to "invade" Earth hanging in the balance, the remainder of the team teams with Spider-Man and trades blows with Nimrod. Gerry Duggan seems to be having a lot of fun getting to write Spider-Man as his most self-deprecating, but otherwise its standard superhero material. Phil Noto's soft artwork helps the tragic end of Talon and Synch's time together go down smoothly but is less well suited to life-threatening throwdown with a killer robot, though some of that lack of menace can be placed on the issue's awkward timing in relationship to Fall of the House of X #1. At one point the story shifts focus to the reunion of the Kingpin and Typhoid Mary, which feels like the ending to a tale told elsewhere, and the diversion doesn't benefit the issue.
Nerd InitiativeAs a regular reader of X-Men comics, this book really fell flat for me. While I was intrigued with the situation between Synch and Talon, I never really felt any suspense or high stakes for the the rest of the team. The back and forth between good guy and bad guy was stereotypical and it all felt predictable. Artistically speaking, characters and colors were simple. To make things worse, the panel layout really made this drag. Simple blocks on every page, with wavy lines to represent moments in Synch’s mind. The whole thing felt rushed and nothing more than filler for the larger conclusion to come. Synch was definitely the star of this book and really established him as a cornerstone for what’s to come.
AIPTWhen so much of the X-Line is firing on all cylinders, X-Men #31 doesn’t quite hit the mark. The end of a romance that was more told than shown, and a fight with Nimrod that leaves us wanting more are brightened with the elimination of Orchis’ most concrete threat to all the people of Earth. Despite this being a minor disappointment, next month’s Shadowkat and Magik team-up issue still seems quite promising.
Derby ComicsOverall, I didn’t enjoy how this issue played out and I’m starting to really worry how much Duggan is going to mail in his remaining X-MEN issues before this ends. He seems to only be enjoying writing non-mutant characters at this point (i.e. Tony Stark and Spider-Man) and forcing his brand of humor into each book. I don’t think Duggan is a bad writer per se, but these books don’t fit his style.