In need of some downtime after the harrowing events of Second Coming, Cyclops heads to the Savage Land to decompress. A run-in with a personal hero will have Cyke looking at the world through new eyes! Plus, Hank McCoy and Molly Hayes talk science!
I would probably pay the full cover price of this issue for the scenes between Beast and Molly on their own as Fraction and Sanders absolutely nailed them. When you add in some cool developments with Hope and Cyclops, plus a great effort from McKelvie, you have a very strong issue. The art from Portacio drags it down a bit and there is some wheelspinning in the Hope story thanks to Franklin Richards showing up for almost no reason, but I'm willing to overlook that when so much of the issue is incredibly enjoyable. Read Full Review
The other two segments are a little weaker. I wasn't entirely sold on Fraction's handling of Molly Hayes in the Beast segment, and the Hope segment seemed to just revisit beats from Second Coming #2, albeit with a more optimistic tone. On the bright side, Fraction teams with a trio of capable artists. Whilce Portacio, Steve Sanders, and Jamie McKelvie are all well-suited to their sections. There are quirks of course, not least of which being Sanders now familiar but still comical rendition of Hank McCoy. Though not mind-blowing, this issue is a solid effort from all involved. I certainly applaud Fraction for trying to bend the formula and offer a more cohesive set of stories. Read Full Review
This issue has 34 or so pages--extra sized beyond a "standard" issue, which helps justify the cover cost. While probably not essential reading, this is a good place to jump in and get a feel for several of the characters as the X-Men join the Heroic Age. Read Full Review