Page 45 Review by Stephen
"Hey! Summers! This is yours. You own this. Now and forever. Do you understand?
"Do. You. Understand?"
Successful sequel to X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX (it successfully kept me reading, which is difficult when it comes to crossovers) in which the action runs freely through UNCANNY X-MEN, NEW MUTANTS, X-MEN LEGACY, X-FORCE and a couple of one-shots. And when I say "action", I mean wholesale slaughter including one particularly popular X-Man biting the dust surprisingly early on. Read on a weekly basis the various artists, consistently fine, didn't appear to jar at all.
In HOUSE OF M Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch, effectively sterilised the mutant race until finally a new mutant they named Hope was born. Convinced that, instead of being mutants' salvation, Hope would prove to cause its destruction, Bishop tried more than once to kill the child so Cyclops dispatched the baby under Cable's protection into the future. Since then she's grown into a teenager while barely a year has passed here. Now they're back, materialising in the rubble that used to be Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters and immediately come under attack from shock troops dispatched by the anti-mutant Human Council coalition. Cyclops is forced to split his combined resources into four leaving Utopia, their base off the coast of San Francisco, perilously vulnerable whilst one-by-one their teleporters are being taken out, as are their other means of transport. Cyclops' orders stem from a singular priority: keeping Hope alive. With Magneto weak from the nigh-impossible task of rescuing ***** ***** from ***** in UNCANNY X-MEN, Scott's orders - and their own determination - are going to cost them very dearly indeed.
Also included, the ominous, after-the-event prologue originally given away as a freebie, friendships destroyed after the secret of X-Force leaks out, and if my original reading of the final few pages is right - when Emma Frost catches a glimpse of something she never gets to share - then Bishop may well have been right.