Ugly Art and Mediocre Story
In traditional comic book fashion, an old enemy pops it's head up again to threaten the lives of the world's most famous mutants. Any self respecting X-fan is no strange to the hive mind of the alien race, Brood. This issue focuses on an all new approach to the creatures.
The X-Men are no strangers to the concept of extinction. The mutant race is nearly there. So when they figure out that the Brood are themselves close to extinction as a race, they have a choice to make. Save the dying race or slaughter the evil monsters! Not surprisingly, the X's opt for salvation.
Despite the nostalgic rings to it, this story is really lacking. The extinction agenda is new and fresh, but for some reason the story still feels stale. I'm also not sure how I feel about the X-Men adopting one of the Brood youth because it too is a, "mutant".
The thing about this book that really drags it down however is the art. Penciler Juan Bobillo is absolutely horrible. His figurative style is far too cartoony. Faces in particular prove problematic for his exaggerated style. Every time I ran across a panel that was decent, it would be followed by ten more that just stunk!
So in closing, what can I say about this book? It is non-eventful. Despite Christos Gages best efforts, he can't get me to care about this Brood encounter. And his artistic counterpart, makes it so that I don't even want to look at the story.