Nowhere to Go But Up – Fallen Angels #5 [X-ual Healing 1-8-20]

As Marvel does its best to return to pre-HoXPoX levels of market saturation, last week had five X-books for fans to choose from, so we hope you applied for one of those DC credit cards. In the event that you didn't get to read them all, however, no worries. Your favorite weekly X-Men recap column is here to tell you what happened in all of them. Once done, we'll choose the best one and name it the Wolverine's Weiner X-Pick of the Week.

This time: Fallen Angels #5!

Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but thanks to a corporate merger and a line-wide relaunch, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in all of comics.

Nowhere to Go But Up – Fallen Angels #5 [X-ual Healing 1-8-20]

X-ual Healing

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Ashley Witter
Husk and Bling! Join Psylocke and company on their mission to stave off Apoth and his children! Then – Cable turns on X-23?!?
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

What happened in Fallen Angels #2?

The issue begins with Cable and X-23 recruiting Husk and Blink to join their team for some reason. Then Psylocke has a chat with X-23 to talk about the existence of God. They come away undecided, but Psylocke thinks maybe there's something like a god and maybe it talked to her about stopping Apoth, but also maybe Apoth is part of it. Or something. Then Psylocke goes to see Mister Sinister who offers to let her connect with Apoth long enough to track him down, but it's gonna take a lot of pain to separate her mind from her body and then send the mind through the hacked Overdrive unit. Psylocke agrees, and she gets a glimpse of Apoth taking over the city of Dubai. We then see a flashback to Kwannon killing her teacher in the path, and then we get two pages of poetry about it from the teacher's journal.

Now, Psylocke visits a hill on Krakoa where Captain Britain is practicing her moves. Psylocke practices with her and thinks she'll forgive Betsy at some point in the future. Meanwhile, X-23 and Cable test Blink and Husk's combat skills. Psylocke shows up and gives a speech thanking them for agreeing to let Psylocke lead them into battle against Apoth. Magneto shows up and tells Psylocke he trusts her so he splits the ground open and makes her an airplane. The Fallen Angels fly to Dubai, where Apoth is waiting for them.

Was it any good?

Let's be honest, most of us checked out on this series a couple of issues ago, but to be fair, this particular issue was a little more focused than the last one. The art still isn't appealing for me, but it seems like more effort was put into it this time around at least. There was less poetry and random incomprehensible nonsense and more moving the story along (which I guess is needed since next issue is the last). X-23 at least showed she's still a badass fighter in the training scene, even if all of her other character development of the past five years has been undone by past issues. So… an improvement?

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Nowhere to Go But Up – Fallen Angels #5 [X-ual Healing 1-8-20]

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