Review: X-Men #7

Published on January 31st, 2011

With X-Men #7 we finally have something I’ve been wanting since Second Coming came to an end, an X-Men book that’s fun to read. Curse of the Mutants was boring, Uncanny X-Men has been lacking, and X-Men Legacy hasn’t been what it should be either. It just seems like nobody has been able to figure out what to do with the X-Men in a long time. I really haven’t liked how far Cyclops has taken the team from Xavier’s dream of coexistence, but this book is taking things back to basics which is just fine with me.

xmen7With this new storyline we’re seeing the X-Men do some real superhero work for the people of San Francisco, and for once we’re seeing some actual gratitude from the people. We then join Cyclops and Emma as they’re having a meeting with their Public Relations lady who has decided that the X-Men should be to San Francisco what the Avengers are to New York. Which includes their own X-Signal in the sky!

So to really get people over the whole Mutant hate thing the X-Men have to be proactive and what better way to do that than set up their own super-crime computer to find the best ways for the X-Men to help people. Their first mission is to investigate the disappearances of people in New York. Cyclops sends a small team consisting of Storm, Wolverine, Emma Frost, and Gambit to see what lurks in the sewers of Manhattan.

So the X-Men climb into the sewers to see what’s happening, and it’s not long until they start encountering something that really shouldn’t be in the sewers. They investigate further and eventually come across a pit filled with human remains. Then all Hell breaks loose when a small army of lizard mutants pop out of every tunnel in the sewer, one of which is wearing clothes from Banana Republic. After a brief fight the monsters appear to have retreated so Wolverine goes into tracking mode so they can capture one. They search the sewers until they come across something, but instead of the lizards they were expecting they find Spider-Man who has volunteered himself as the protector of the lizards.

Okay so maybe it wasn’t the most action packed issue of X-Men ever, but this was a step in the right direction. I really like how Cyclops is trying to integrate the X-Men back into human society. The X-Men have always been about acceptance and I’ve found in recent years that they’ve strayed too far from their original goals. Plus the X-Signal? Come on, that’s funny, and it was really nice to see some humor in this book. I did have a couple issues, I thought it was odd how in the beginning they were trying to focus on being the supreme super hero team of San Francisco, and then they’re sent all the way to New York. I’m a little disappointed  that Medina isn’t doing the art anymore, but having Bachalo do a book where the X-Men team up with Spider-Man isn’t something I’ll complain about. This was a good set-up for this storyline, and I’m confident that this is going to be a good one.

Ken Zeider