Artist: Todd Nauck
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
CAN WE GO HOME AGAIN?
Kurt Wagner a.k.a. Nightcrawler and his childhood friend turned lover, Amanda Sefton, have just recently recovered from their fight with the deadly and determined cyborg, Trimega. After a tiresome battle that ended with Amanda nearly begin taken by the fiend, if not for ol’ Kurt, they decided that if Trimega had come for her then maybe he’ll be going for others close to Kurt as well. Together they venture back to their old home in a traveling circus to check up on their adoptive mother, Margali Szardos, to ensure that she is not in any danger…
The Ups: Throughout the book Chris Claremont moves the story along with a narrative from Nightcrawler himself that takes us back to his days before the X-Men when he was just a boy in a small family traveling circus. These flashbacks offer a glimpse into Kurt’s past that show us how he came to be who and what he is as well as an emotional love story between himself and Amanda that makes the reader truly feel the love. Alongside this we are introduced to Nightcrawler’s adoptive mother and truly understand the emotional ties that link Kurt to his loved ones. No one in the book seems to grasp the gravity of the situation or who Trimega is and Claremont makes a point to use the confusion about the unknown as the strong plot device the keep pushing the story forward. One can assume that whoever or whatever Trimega is, he is probably after powerful people but it is still unclear why specifically those associated with Kurt when there are much stronger people and it is that mystery that is subtly conveyed through the whole issue. The issue was short and sweet and gets to the point rather quickly as Todd Nauck and Rachelle Rosenberg work in tandem with Claremont to create an issue that is not only an interesting read but also extremely fun to look at.
The Downs: I have no quarrels with this issue or the series so far!
Overall: This issue, much like the first one, was a step in the right direction for this new series. I, for one, feel that Claremont, Nauck, and Rosenberg are truly doing to justice to one of my favorite Marvel characters as they delve deeper and deeper into his own lore and his own past to create this mystery that is both engaging and intriguing.
Grade 5 of 5