X-Men #21

Marvel Comics

Written by Gerry Duggan

Art by Stefano Caselli

Colors by Federico Blee

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: The X-Men find themselves in a trap and must make some hard decisions about how they will deal with the Brood.

Forge and Monet have finally found a way back to their solar system while Jean deals with Nightmare and his plans for the Brood. Unfortunately, his plan is too far in motion for it to stopped by removing him from the board and Synch will discover something disturbing about the refugees they’ve rescued.

After collecting Broo and bringing the team back together, Scott and Jean argue about what to do about the Brood in the wake of everything they’ve been through. Things get even more tense when they get a message from Psylocke telling them that she and her team have engaged the Brood and need help.

The Story: Duggan crafts some great drama in this issue. There are some great arguments for and against ending the threat of the Brood permanently and I love that the argument is between Scott and Jean. There is an symmetry in that narrative choice and how it calls back to their shared pasts. I love the serious tone of the issue and how it challenges all of the characters including Synch and Talon.

The Art: Caselli delivers some dynamic art throughout the issue. The visuals are dynamic, heroic and filled with great detail.

X-Men #21



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