Age of X-Man X-Tremists #3
Written by Leah Williams
Art by Georges Jeanty
Inks by Roberto Poggi
Colors by Jim Charalampidis
Letters by Clayton Cowles
In the aftermath of the reveal of his feelings for Betsy, Fred is left alone to deal with those feelings. The next day Fred and Betsy steal glances at each other while the work of Department X continues. When a new violator is brought in for a mind wipe, Moneta steps in to accuse Betsy of botching it and working for the Resistance.
When the team follows Moneta to a group of teenagers hanging out together, the resulting fight is so one-sided that Fred finally stands up to the angry young mutant and removes her from the team. An act that will have repercussions for the team going forward, including Fred and Betsy’s relationship.
I don’t really know where Leah Williams was going with this issue and it left me emotionally flat. It wasn’t a bad issue and there were several parts of it that are interesting and fun. I like the cracks in the team growing wider and some of the interactions between Fred and Betsy. Everything else feels directionless. I think that’s illustrated in Jubilee’s constant need to find out what they need to do about the pregnant woman in the basement. It’s a huge thread that keeps getting dismissed for the Blob/Betsy story as well as the increasingly disturbing and not particularly interesting Moneta storyline.
The art by Georges Jeanty is well done but there isn’t much to showcase more than furtive glances between Fred and Betsy.