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June 3, 2014 / Jett

New X-Men Book 4 Review

The war against Cassandra Nova may be over, but there’s still much work to be done if you’re one of the X-Men. In New X-Men Book 4, the team is split up into different parts of the world to help bridge relations between man and mutant. This book in the series bucks the trend of tight casts and focused stories for shorter arcs and way more characters. The more, the merrier, right? This sadly isn’t the case here.

With all of the X-Men in such disparate parts of the world doing different things, there’s very little continuity between issues. One moment, you’re with Xorn in Mutant Town trying to save the life of a fellow mutant. The next, Jean Grey and Professor X are in Europe with the X-Corps, where they meet an enigmatic Fantomex. Before the book finishes, it also covers what Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Beast are up to on their respective missions.

Having the team divide and conquer isn’t a bad concept in and of itself. It’s the execution that bothers me. None of these short stories hold up on their own. They just sort of start and leave a series of threads open that don’t deliver much on their own. Also, with so many new characters and cameo appearances from bit characters, there isn’t really much in the way of character development here.

New X-Men Book 4 strays away from what has made the series great and suffers for it. Maybe the story beats it starts here will be fleshed out in future editions, but they didn’t do much to keep me interested as a standalone entity.

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