Mike Carey is currently producing some of the most solid X-Men work in recent years. Its not world-shattering and isnt without its flaws, but this X-Men team is doing things and going places that make this one of the better X-books on the stands right now. Read Full Review
Bachalos art however is a different case. While I do like Bachalos stylized art his panels become very muddy. Some of his lines are too thick and detail gets left behind in wide shots. It seems the only way that to really see what is going on is in an extreme close-up. If he could reign in the style just a little bit he could definitely be a top tier artist. Read Full Review
X-Men #197 was a below average read. I found this story to be dull and disjointed. Carey continues to fail to pull off any character development or well crafted dialogue. Bachalo's artwork is a complete miss with me. Together that doesn't add up to a comic book that I find particularly impressive. I'd recommend X-Men only if you are a huge X-Men junkie or if you are particularly fond of Carey or Bachalo. Read Full Review
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