X-Men #31

Marvel Comics

Written by Gerry Duggan

Art by Phil Noto

Colors by Phil Noto

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Synch fights for his mind as Nimrod targets the rest of the X-Men.

After losing Talon on their last mission, Synch has been desperately holding onto her mind within his. Something that is killing him slowly right as the rest of his team needs his help the most. Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel work to finish dispatching the cure to the people infected with the Orchis kill switch when Nimrod finds them and attacks.

As the mutants and Spider-Man fight for their lives, Synch has another battle raging inside him. One that will force him to decide about whether to hang onto the woman he loves or protect his friends and their mission.

The Story: Duggan crafts some impressive and intense drama throughout this issue. The desperation of the mutant struggle continues to be compelling both internally and externally and I love the conflict within Synch regarding giving up the woman he loves or losing the war he’s fighting. There are some great moments of humor in the issue as well and adding Spider-Man to the mix was a great touch.

The Art: Noto delivers some great art in the issue. Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy his art, the visuals felt flat outside of the moments with Synch and Talon. The action needed more visual pizazz to get my attention.

X-Men #31



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