X-Men Red #6
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Carmen Carnero
Colors by Rain Beredo
Letters by Cory Petit
Cassandra Nova has one of the most diabolical plans to wipe out mutants that I have seen in a comic in a long time and the fact that she is using mutants to do it is even more disturbing. Unfortunately, she has one of the X-Men’s most brilliant members by her side and a secret weapon she is cultivating to stop Jean Grey and her team.
As to her team, Jean finds herself trying to find a way to help Gentle with the core issue that prevents him from not only using his powers, but also feeling pain when he is touched. Jean finds a memory in the mutant’s past that informs his personality and might be the main reason why he holds himself back and is causing him pain. It’s a pretty poignant scene that illustrates the hatred of mutants in a way that isn’t usually depicted. Those themes come to light when Jean finally finds a way to discover who is responsible for her being on the run. As her team is sent on a dangerous mission to retrieve the only piece of evidence that could clear Jean, Cassandra Nova unleashes her latest attack and it hits Jean close to home.
Tom Taylor does a good job of keeping this story focused on Jean and her team. As big as the story is regarding Cassandra Nova and her plan, it was good to see Jean actually being of help to Gentle. Sometimes the fact that Xavier created a school to train mutants in the use of their powers gets lost in the desire to depict those powers. Gentle’s story is both tragic and not surprising and it is something that I would like to see explored more in the future.
Carmen Carnero’s art is amazing. There is a great level of detail in most of the panels and the details in the facial expressions really go a long way towards depicting the emotion of the moments. There is a lot to ingest visually with some great panels that work well with the story to move the action forward.