Chapter 2 of the event Marvel fans can’t wait to be over. Not because it’s necessarily bad, more that we’re all exhausted by this conflict and want to get to ResurreXion. With this series, the Inhumans/Mutant conflict finally comes to blows, and it’s only a matter of time before the X-Men get the comic book treatment they deserve again.
Inhumans Vs. X-Men #2 sees the mutants begin their siege on Attilan, home of the Inhumans. They strike with almost surgical precision, removing the heavy hitters from the battle and placing them in Limbo. There isn’t actually much fighting, other than mutants versus outer turret defenses. The X-Men are successful in their infiltration as Young Beast works at developing a means to eliminate the mutant-killing Terrigen cloud. Inhumans, Iso and Inferno narrowly escape Wolverine once they flee the royal city, only to stumble right into Old Man Logan’s path.
As annoying as it is to be going through another Marvel event that we pretty much know the outcome of already, this issue is still an entertaining read. And the Inhuman/Mutant conflict was created and fleshed out primarily to get to this point. The recent actions of the Inhumans leading up to this final conflict has also completely assassinated their characters. There is no siding with them while let so many mutants die, and with their numbers already dangerously close to extinction, too. That being said, it is extremely satisfying to see them get their butts kicked – Medusa especially.
It’s also a satisfying visual to see all the X-Men coming together again – something we’re all looking forward to with ResurreXion. Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule do a fine job moving this story along (although not as quickly as some of us would like). Even still, this doesn’t feel anything like the Civil War II event which dragged on way past its expiration date. They know that fans are anxious to move on and will keep that in mind, but they also need to deliver a story worthy of taking us from this conflict to the resurrection of the X-Men comics. But I have total faith in these two great writers to justly lead us from one era to the next.
Given the massive cast of character from two opposing factions, the artworks does major justice to some and lacks in others. Overall, it’s a pleasurable viewing experience; the action is grand and wonderfully illustrated. It’s just that some characters don’t seem to transition as smoothly into this style. It’s a major accomplishment, though, to have this many diverse characters on both sides and have them all receive their moment to be noticed. This artistic approach plays a big role in keeping the pace of the book where fans want it, and it’s done without losing sight of anyone.
Inhumans Vs. X-Men #2 is a fine comic book and the satisfaction of mutants dominating Inhumans is massive. Despite the great efforts by everyone involved with this book, it’s hard to shake the feeling that Marvel has forced this event on its readers. There’s already a crossover fatigue, a hero versus hero fatigue, and a mistreatment of X-Men fatigue. Inhumans Vs. X-Men is the light at the end of the tunnel, and at least the creative team is digging in and delivering a good comic book – even if we all just want to move on.