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This May, Nighcrawler’s loved ones have been targeted – and it’s up to him to put an end to it in NIGHTCRAWLER #2, the next exciting chapter from legendary writer Chris Claremont and fan-favorite artist Todd Nauck! Someone is hunting down those close to Kurt Wagner, and he’s determined to find out who. The journey will take the newly-resurrected Nightcrawler across the globe to save his nearest and dearest from suffering the same tragic fate he only recently escaped. Classic X-Men characters meet new and deadly threats when the exciting NIGHTCRAWLER #2 teleports its way into comic shops this May!
This April, an X-Men legend returns. Prolific and iconic X-Men writer Chris Claremont teams with fan favorite artist Todd Nauck for NIGHTCRAWLER #1 – a swashbuckling new ongoing series that’s sure to have everyone talking!
“He’s smart, tough, creative and daring, with an instinctive understanding of people and situations. He has a wicked sense of humor and a devastating charm,” says Claremont, in an interview with Marvel.com. “His ‘normal’ is revolutionary to most people; throw him a problem, he’ll find a way to solve it that’s unique to him. He quite simply is the kind of man others trust; to know him is to have faith in him.”
When Nightcrawler sacrificed his life to protect mutantkind, a hole was left in the X-Men’s ranks that has never been filled. With his recent resurrection in the pages of Amazing X-Men, Kurt Wagner has returned to a world far different from the one he left behind. Charles Xavier is dead. Scott Summers is on the run. Even Wolverine, his closest friend, has changed, becoming the headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. And though a deep schism divides the X-Men, Kurt Wagner isn’t going to waste one minute of his new lease on life.
Now, Nightcrawler is hitting the road, eager to right some wrongs and help safeguard the future of mutantkind. And he’s going to do it the only way he knows how: swashbuckling, lady-charming, and of course BAMFing!
The conclusion to the four part limited series that restores Magik’s place in the Marvel Universe.
As much as I liked the first two issues of this series, the third issue hit a fairly substantial bump in the road. C. B. Cebulski’s (X-Men Fairy Tales/War of Kings: Darkhawk) regains some of the lost traction of the series, but not completely. There are some good moments. Kurt Wagner is alone, against incredible odds with only a magical sword to pull of the heroic win. This is exactly where Nightcrawler belongs. Mercury is used in a very unique and creative way. We get to see a reunion of sorts with the New Mutants. While these moments are good, there are some not so great moments as well.
In all, the issue felt like a final issue. Things got wrapped up in a neat and tidy bow – the in house ad for the New Mutants series lets me know why. The mystical sword and dagger are used to the answer for every problem and enemy in the story. I was very intrigued by the release of the Elder Gods only to scratch my head later when three X-Men seemingly held them at bay until the end of the battle. In addition, a member of their own team simply flies off at the end of the battle and no attempt is made to return her to the mortal plane. I suppose her story will be told in future series but it seemed like a heavy handed way to introduce a future plot thread to resolve. The end seemed a little too convenient and forced considering the potential of the beginning of this series.
The art on this series has been outstanding and almost more importantly (especially for Marvel and for a limited series) consistent. It is time for Giuseppe Camuncoli to move from short runs and specials to a regular series. His splash pages are vibrant and can even overcome a missed beat within a story. Each character has a strong independent look and feel. Although his work is contained within his smooth yet jagged style, cloth looks and behaves like cloth and metal looks and behaves like metal. His style never overrides his artistic fundamentals.
During this issue, the artist treats us to more outstanding moments. There is a shot of Witchfire holding a Bloodstone in her hand that was possibly inspired by M.C. Escher. Kurt’s brimstone flows from his mouth as he teleports in to deal a crippling blow. Camuncoli excels at with these dynamic layouts and depth producing details.
What to look for
The unique and expressive art – we have not seen the last of this guy
What might put you off
The overall forced nature of this story’s end – most likely due to the editorial purpose of the series and not Cebulski’s writing
A good read and excellent art – this would be a nice pickup in a trade if you have not read the individual issues
Issue Number 4
Release Date 3/25/2009
Writer C.B. Cebulski
Penciler Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inker Jesse Delperdang
Colorist Marte Gracia
Letterer Dave Lanphear
Editor Nick Lowe
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff