December 23, 2013 - Just flipped the switch.
Not even close.
X-Men wins easily. And probably will forever.
Where dead is... Not a big deal.
The story is fair. And perhaps the line couldn't keep him dead - but if that's really the case, then why did they kill him in the first place? The story had already confronted death more than a few times - and this time it started to develop more of Blur - and brought back the story within his parents. That was a great idea. But most of the story goes back to the superficial sense of the thing.
I wish that the kids had instead made the break here. Really hit them in the mouth - and just leave. This could have been the clear break to make the new path. But it's just not done at all. Fail.
Turned a corner and turned up the heat.
So much great to say about this comic. First - the Neal Adams art - and I have to stop and pay tribute to the fact that he closed out the last - pretty bad story - and re-opened the book by getting the old story closed and the new one moved in, too.
Secondly - it brought back Polaris - one of my favorite mutants - and stories - and brought the story right to the front of the comic - just like a James Bond story.
And third - bringing back some of the best villains - that were woefully under-used at the first time around - a brilliant re-focusing of nearly the entire book. Great work.
The book really flipped emotions completely here - and it's easy to take the new temperature of the book as one that flipped all over right here. The news report describing mutants - and equating them as a menace - set the stage for so much to follow. Interestingly, it made it very easy for the entire team to 'go into hiding' so soon afterward - and make the comics what people look back on in Adams's career.
The Marvel Girl powers origin seems so trite following the rest of the comic - almost shameful that the thing is relatively blemished by it. Its simplicity fell into the last era of the comic - and hopefully it goes away soon.