Major X #2 Review
•Brent Peebles (Colorist) • Rob Liefield & Romulo Fajardo, JR (Cover)
Major X #1 was a nice piece of nostalgia casting the spotlight squarely back on Rob Liefield's heyday as one of the most influential Marvel creators of the 90's. The comic hit all of the right notes in establishing a new character and premise.
This issue we get the reveal that Major X is the Alexander Summers, the son of Cable. The bulk of the issue further establishes the new characters and setting.
At some point in the past, The X-ential created a reality in which Earth's mutant population was able to migrate to and live in peace. Along with the mutants, a contingent of Atlanteans also crossed over with them. All is seemingly well, the new world is a paradise until the X-initial reveals during a council meeting that his power may be fading. This causes tensions with the Atlantean's and days later reality begins to crumble leading to the events of the first issue.
The first thing you'll notice if you read issue #1 is that Rob is not penciling the interiors this time around. That's not a problem because Brent Peebles fills in quite nicely and there isn't any drop off in quality that I noticed anywhere in the issue. Romulo Fajardo, Jr. is still on colors which keeps the look of the comic pretty consistent across the board. I'd like to see Rob back and not just doing covers but If he doesn't I believe we'll be in good hands.
The comic doesn't really move the needle in regards to story progression but it does layer why our characters and their motivations.I'm intrigued to see where the story is going now that the mystery has been set. This type of storytelling works for me but I understand why some folks may see the issue as boring. The good thing is that with all of the backstories out of the way Rob and Co should be able to spend the rest of the series giving us the good stuff. It's not a bump in the road but the momentum has definitely slowed from the initial offering.