Artist: Chris Bachalo
This has been an amazing series, which surprised me, as I was sceptical about it, not getting it at first. It has however amazed me, as although it's not always been consistent, it's always been good, and I look forward to seeing how it's developed leading to Battle of the Atom.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newest agent, Dazzler pays Fabio Medina and his family a visit, hoping to get information on Cyclops's location.
This was an outstanding issue, and the best from the last few issues. Brian Michael Bendis has done a fantastic job with this series, and he has proven to be the breath of fresh air that the X-Men have needed, producing stellar work on both this series, and All-New X-Men. With this issue I felt that Bendis did an excellent job of balancing everything, having enough action, whilst adding the right amount of development. He also wrote outstanding dialogue, which was extremely interesting, and at times entertaining. I do however still feel that for most of this series that Bendis hasn't quite found that high note, as phenomenal issues have been put down a peg for minor reasons.
The art from Chris Bachalo was once again brilliant, and although I doubt I will ever become a true fan of his artwork, I have been enjoying it on this series so far. Once again one of the best things about Bachalo's art is his layouts, which are so dynamic, with plenty of depth, also adding drama. There were however a couple of things that really bugged me about Bachalo's art this time round, and the main thing was that certain characters looked weird at times, with Cyclops appearing to have a Hulk sized neck at one point. Bachalo's colours were however once again amazing, and the best thing about his art, adding brilliant tone, as well as more depth.
Dazzler made her first appearance in this series during issue 6, returning during last issue. This however would be her first proper appearance, now being a member of S.H.I.E.L.D., helping them track down Cyclops, as well as with other mutant related problems. Although she's not the first person I'd expect S.H.I.E.L.D. to pick for this job, I'm still happy that she's now in this series, as although she's not one of my favourite X-Men characters, she is an interesting one, and hasn't really been seen much as of late. I did however have some problems about her appearance, with the main one being her uniform, as it's too similar to the style of Cylops' X-Men's uniform, and could have been more original.
The newest addition to Cyclops' X-Men would be David Bond who the X-Men recruited last issue. David was a character that interested me, and although this issue didn't do much to improve upon that, actually making me a little less interested in his character, there were other developments involving him that caught my interest. First off was his attitude, and how he didn't seem to feel like part of the team, being slightly lazy. The main thing that caught my interest though was that there was a small hint at a possible romance between him, and Tempus as both characters were interested in the others abilities.
Mindee Cuckoo would have a surprise for her fellow sisters, and although I won't spoil it, I will say what I though on the sequence. This was probably one of the most entertaining sequences in this issue, as although it may not have been the best overall, it was extremely funny. It also added more drama, and suspense to the issue, as well as adding atmosphere. The dialogue was also very interesting, and overall Bendis did a great job with this sequence, and I look forward to seeing how it develops.
This was a brilliant issue, and the best out of the last couple, as well as being one of the best since the start of the series. It did however have a few minor faults, but overall it had plenty of drama, and suspense, as well as being exciting, and entertaining. It was also very fun, with some brilliant dialogue, and developments, and I look forward to seeing what's in store next for these X-Men. Due to this I'd highly recommend this issue, as well as the series so far, as it's been very good.