(This review may contain spoilers).
I’m wavering a bit at how many stars to give this particular comic book. I thought that the first one contained a bit too much in the way of exposition… even though it was interesting to see the Professor before he couldn’t use his legs, as well as a much younger version of Storm, I wasn’t sure how it fit with the scene where the X-Men were lost on a boat; or with Charles’ and Lilandra’s relationship, even though it was nice to see them interacting with each other.
I found the second set of comics to be really intriguing to read. It was interesting to see the tensions brought to the front with the X-Men and how they had to deal with being forced to confront the darker sides of their own natures. It was particularly difficult to see Wolverine and Jubilee, both before and after the effects were broken.
I would have liked to see a bit more of Charles’ relationship with his son. I didn’t feel like there was enough shown to allow me to know how they felt about each other. I did feel a lot of sympathy for Polaris in this comic book, even though I hadn’t met her beforehand.
It was good to see that not all of the characters succumbed to the effects by the mutant and I also thought it was good to see Mystique actually working with the X-Men… and I really liked being able to see Nick Fury, too. There were a few good elements of humour, like with the Chinese whispers being passed along of ‘He’s all right’. And I liked being able to see Charles and his students fighting alongside each other, even though I would have liked to see a bit more of how they all interacted together.
I felt able to empathise really strongly with Jean and the others when they were outside Xavier’s body, waiting for him to battle the enemy and having to watch his body carry the effects. I was a bit unclear as to why the original X-Men weren’t around at first… but it was nice to see them come through and help.
I’ve seen Professor X in some of the other comic books and it would be good to see more of him again in the future, since I hope to learn more about him and his relationship with his students.