Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Javier Pina
Colors by Marte Gracia
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: The X-Men face off against MODOK and AIM to stop an experiment in violence.
AIM and MODOK have completed a new project for their organization. One that will engage the part of the brain responsible for fight or flight and he is willing to sell it to the highest bidder. As he watches the passengers and crew of a cruise ship go after each other, the X-Men move into position to stop him.
As the team lands and fights against the out of control crew and passengers, Synch takes some of Jean’s power to talk the people down and deals with some of his feelings towards Laura. At the same time, Cyclops and the others go after MODOK and in the aftermath, Scott continues to deal with his “death” and its repercussions. He also learns the truth about what happened to the reporter who learned the secrets of mutant resurrection.
The Story: The story is fun. There are some interesting and entertaining elements within it and the MODOK moments are actually really entertaining. The interpersonal issues with the characters actually feel more compelling and I wish they were explored more in this issue.
The Art: Pina delivers some impressive and beautifully composed panels throughout the issue. The art is lively and filled with great details.