Four X-books hit stores last week. Five if you count Deadpool: The End, which normally we would, but there's no recapping that issue which was just one long series of meta-jokes. Kudos for wrecking DC's Batman Who Laughs nonsense though. Anyway, we're recapping X-Men #5, X-Force #6, New Mutants #6, and Fallen Angels #6. Which will win the coveted Wolverine's Weiner X-Pick of the Week? Not Fallen Angels, that's for sure.
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.
FALLEN ANGELS #6 DX
(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Ashley Witter
HARK! MORE ANGELS FALL!
Husk and Bling! Join Psylocke and company on their mission to stave off Apoth and his children! Then – Cable turns on X-23?!?
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
What happened in Fallen Angels #6?
It's the final issue of this series, so time to wrap all this up as quickly as possible. Psylocke, X-23, Cable, Husk, and Bling head to Dubai so Psylocke can confront Apoth. Psylocke sprouts psychic butterfly wings (the focused totality of her psychic powers?) and flies to the top of a building to take Apoth on while the rest of the team stays on the ground and tosses grenades at overclock-controlled citizens.
X-23 wants everyone to keep it civil since these are technically people, but Cable is ruthless, claiming they're already dead. In the skyscraper, Psylocke puts on an overclock device to battle Apoth on the psychic plane/cyberspace/whatever. All of this occurs across many panels without backgrounds until Psylocke ultimately stabs Apoth, who is pretending to be her daughter, with a psychic knife. Then the good version of Apoth (naked silver guy) appears to the team downstairs and informs them quickly that Apoth needed an adversary to exist and so created him, and he is the one who brought Psylocke to be Apoth's downfall.
Later, back on Krakoa, Psylocke tells X-23 what we already know: that X-23 is already a great hero and a leader and she doesn't need Psylocke, but maybe they can be friends. Psylocke then visits Mister Sinister and gives him an overclock device with what's left of Apoth in it, which will surely lead to no good. Sinister wants to know if he can count on Psylocke in the future, and she says as long as his cause is just, but she's already demonstrated incredibly bad judgment by giving him Apoth, so that rings kind of hollow.
And mercifully, this series is over.
Was it any good?
Well, it at least acknowledged the fact that it didn't make any sense for Psylocke to mentor X-23. All the Apoth stuff was explained by the end, though I get the impression it would have been dragged out far longer if the series wasn't cut short. I was not a fan of this series overall, and I'm honestly pretty lenient about X-Men comics. It felt like Fallen Angels had a lot of ambition but no one involved in the project felt like putting the effort to realize it. The art was rushed, backgrounds were non-existent, coloring was over-rendered and too shiny, and the story barely made sense. Well, I guess the lettering was fine. The best thing that can be said about this issue was that it was the last one.
But look, they can't all be winners, right? Everyone involved here has shown they have talent in other scenarios, but it just didn't work here on any level. Cutting losses and moving onto something else was the right thing to do.
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