“Messiah CompleX, Chapter 13”
Writer: Mike Carey
Penciler: Chris Bachalo
Inker: Tim Townsend, Victor Olazaba, Jon Sibal, Al Vey
After 13 issues, ‘Messiah CompleX’ comes to an end.
For an X-Men crossover, this has been an incredibly uneven ride. Genuinely dreadful issues created for the sole purpose of introducing yet another X-title to the world are following by surprisingly well-crafted issues that make one believe that there might actually be something here other than corporate greed and editorial interference.
And since Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo have been responsible the lion’s share of the best issues, I had my hopes up when I sat down to the read the ‘Messiah Complex’ conclusion.
And for a conclusion, it’s not bad.
But the issue feels a bit more obligatory than revelatory. Wolverine gets his moment in the spotlight (again), someone betrays the X-Men (again) and someone dies (again). The X-Men will disband (again), that person who we thought was dead won’t really be dead (again), and Wolverine will be out for vengeance (again).
Not the worst mutant crossover by any stretch, but certainly not worth the price of admission, at least in my book.
From Marvel: “The stunning conclusion to Messiah CompleX. Everyone has an agenda, but do any trump the child’s destiny? Mutant savior or mutant destroyer, the combatants may come to regret their roles in this fight. And what becomes of the X-Men in the wake of the biggest fight of their lives? ” In stores Jan 23, 2008.