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June 19, 2014 / Jett

X-Men Vol. 2: Muertas Review

Thought to have been dead for quite some time, Lady Deathstrike makes a mysterious return in X-Men Vol. 2: Muertas. This time, she and her new Sisterhood are out to modify their bodies into the ultimate killing machines. Can Jubilee, Storm and the others put an end to their devious plot before it’s too late?

One of the things I really admire about Muertas is the art. Everything about it looks great, from the stylized characters to the vibrant colours that bring the panels to life. In particular, I love the Day of the Dead look of Lady Deathstrike, which makes sense within the context of the story while matching the modern look of the X-Men.

Story wise, these issues are very well paced. There’s a very measured raising of stakes that peaks at just the right time. I also enjoy the extended sequences where teamwork is involved. Brian Wood showed a knack for that in the last book and it’s even better here. However, I also didn’t get into this one as much for some reason. I think a big part of it is that the feature characters are Monet and Karima; two X-Men from the past that don’t resonate with me. Having said that, it was nice of him to also bring back a character who made quite the splash during his debut in New X-Men.

X-Men Vol. 2: Muertas is a solid effort and a nice alternative to All New X-Men. I don’t think this series has hit it’s full potential yet, though I think it has the potential to with the right story and right mix of characters. If you enjoyed the first book, then this is a worthwhile step forward.

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