Friday, 30 August 2013

X-Men Re-Read: Young X-Men v2: Books of Revelations

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The Great X-Men Re-read

Young X-Men v2: Revelations

Collects: Young X-Men #6-12
Writer(s): Marc Guggenheim
Penciller(s): Ben Oliver, Rafa Sandoval

The second and final volume of Young X-Men.

Quick Synopsis
Core Cast: Anole, Cipher, Dust, Graymalkin, Ink, Mirage, Rockslide, Sunspot

The Young X-Men relocate to San Francisco with the rest of the X-Men, during the events of Manifest Destiny. They're trained by previous New Mutants, such as Dani Moonstar and Sunspot. There's two main stories, one resolving Ink's powers (it's not him that's a mutant, but his tattooist). The Young X-Men fight a group also tattooed by the tattooist, with Ink gaining a healing hand and a Phoenix tattoo over his eye. Doing the Phoenix tattoo, drops him into a coma and out of stories.

The second has Dust having problems with her powers, turning to (and helping escape) Pierce for help. She dies, but is saved by Ink and his phoenix tattoo. Thankfully that gets rid of him too. Hurrah.

There's also a couple of sub plots involving Cipher (not to be confused with New Mutant, Cypher who to be fair was dead at the time) someone who could essentially be invisible. She's inserted into various X-events, such as New X-Men, Astonishing X-Men and Messiah CompleX. I don't recall her especially sticking around either, but apparently she pops up in a cameo in Wolverine and the X-Men.

There's also a future plot line involving Emma Frost, Graymalkin and Anole supposably showing what would have happened had Ink not saved Dust. Days of Future Past it isn't.

Best Bit
There's some funny moments between Anole and Rockslide.

Final Words
Much worse than the previous one.

4 / 10

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