Polaris’ X-Men are at the mercy of Miss Sinister, the White Queen, and Havoc. These villains are on the cusp of unleashing Mothervine, the mutagen in Jimmy Howlett’s blood that can turn people the world over into mutants. The weapon has already landed in some regions, and Magneto is doing what he can to contain the pathogen.
X-Men: Blue #28 is another impressive installment for this oft-troubled series. While there have been many disappointing issues for X-Men: Blue, this one succeeded on consistent forward motion and genuinely interesting conflict.
The idea of changing the world into mutants is pretty comic book-y as far as plots go, but it becomes interesting in the different reasons and approaches that cause schisms between Miss Sinister and White Queen.
The X-Men: Blue team itself doesn’t get a lot of solid panel time in this issue, but there are cool moments for the likes of Polaris and Xorn.
Magneto’s quest to cure those infected with Mothervine is a solid subplot too. It really shows how far Erik has come since his days of being the straightforwardly evil X-Men protagonist he once was. In my opinion, this is a largely positive change, even if some comics mishandle the concept.
Marcus To’s artwork looks good throughout the comic, adding a lot of polish and detailing to the visuals of the book. No panel disappoints, and the figures of our heroes and villains tend to look quite impressive. Rain Beredo’s color art is also good, adding an interesting balance and atmosphere to the book.
X-Men: Blue #28 was a pleasant surprise to read. While I’ve had my problems with the title in the past, it looks like it could be turning a corner, as I quite enjoyed #24 too. In any case, this issue earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
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