For the past two issues of Inhumans Vs. X-Men, the mutants have had the upper hand. Now, in Inhumans Vs. X-Men #3, writers Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule, and artist Javier Garron figure it’s the Inhumans’ turn to strike back.
Inhumans Vs. X-Men #3 (Marvel Comics)
First, I need to address the elephant in the room. Anyone who’s read issues 1 and 2 of this series will immediately notice that Garron is on art, not Leinil Francis Yu. No disrespect to Garron, who’s a perfectly capable artist. It’s just disappointing to see inconsistent art on such a short series (same thing happened on the even shorter Death of X, which Garron also pitched in on). While Yu will be back for IVX’s conclusion, I can’t help but wonder how readers who pick up the trade paperback will find the shift in visuals. Garron and Yu obviously have very different styles.
With that fanboy gripe out of the way, on to the story. The X-Men have seized control of New Attilan, while Old Man Logan and Forge prepare to destroy the remaining Terrigen Cloud with the latter’s machine. But as Lemire and Soule quickly establish, mutants aren’t the only resilient species on the planet.
If you favor the Inhumans over the X-Men (and I’m still confused as to who these people are), then this is the issue for you. From Inferno and Iso to Medusa and Ms. Marvel, the Inhumans are ready to strike back. Although, I’ll tell you something else that bugs me about this comic – the cover doesn’t reflect what goes on inside at all. This is upsetting, because in my review of IVX #2, I specifically said I was pumped to see Magneto battle Devil Dinosaur. This better happen next issue or else I’m going to wage war on BOTH species!
Overall, I find IVX #3 to be the weakest installment of the series. Something similar happened midway through this creative team’s prequel mini-series Death of X. Starts with a bang, concludes with a bang, but events can’t help but slow down in the middle of the show.
Even the final page reveal wasn’t much of a shock. I won’t reveal what it is, but even if I did, you wouldn’t feel like I spoiled much.
I’m complaining quite a bit here. So what’s good about this comic? For starters, I’m assuming Garron had to pitch in on art duties with little warning. No matter the circumstances, Garron turns in pencils that by no means look like a rush job. From Limbo to The World, the artist produces some pretty stunning settings that make it clear he’s by no means a “fill-in” artist.
There are also some nice character moments, specifically those involving the Jean Grey/Karnak matchup and the X-Men leaders’ conversation with the imprisoned Beast.
As Death of X eventually turned around, I have the same optimism for this series. Also, let’s be real – my dislike of the Inhumans is totally affecting my judgment of this Inhumans-heavy issue.
Seriously, though, when does Magneto fight that big, red dinosaur?