Friday, 16 August 2013

X-Men Re-read: New X-Men: Childhood's End v2

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The Great X-Men Re-read

New X-Men: Childhood's End v2

Collects: New X-Men: #24-27
Writer(s): Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Penciller(s): Paco Medina

A continuation of the story in Volume 1, as the mutants are pushed further towards extinction by Sryker and his zealots.

Quick Synopsis
Crusade (New X-Men: #24-27)
We pick up right after the bus explosion in Childhood's End v2 as the main characters remember the events of the explosion at the funeral of Brian Cruz (Tag).

It's revealed that Jay's (Icarus) wings we removed by William Stryker who convinced him to help with the timing of the attack. Claiming if he gave his wings "back to God" his friends would e saved. Jay confides in Dust and gives her the address of Stryker's church.

Laurie (Wallflower) is assassinated with a swift head-shot sniper kill as the mutant death keeps coming. Jay goes to confront Stryker back at Stryker's church, it is revealed that Stryker's actions have been directed by divine visions from a Nimrod unit from the future, Jay's presence activates the dormant Sentinel.

Jay is shot as he has served his purpose, they try and murder Dust too, but it's revealed to be X-23 who (rightly) didn't trust Jay and went to the church instead. Josh (Elixir) is distraught and Laurie's death and this triggers an offensive nature to his healing powers. Not finished Stryker and his purifiers attack Xavier's.

The purifiers are driven back from Xavier's after causing some more injuries and some mutant background character death. Stryker is killed by Elixir who makes a brain tumor grow rapidly in his head.

Best Bit
Kevin's (Wither) reaction when Laurie is shot.

Final Words
Story-wise, things go from bad to worse, but this is still quality stuff. You don't know who is going to make it out alive.

9 / 10

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