Storm is the Regent of Sol and created the Brotherhood of mutants on Arakko. Unfortunately, Abigail Brand has other plans. Find out more in X-Men Red #2 by Marvel Comics!
X-MEN RED #2
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Colorist: Federico Blee
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Jordan D. White
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 18th, 2022
Previously in X-Men Red: Krakoa terraformed Mars to give the mutants of Arakko a place to live. Abigail Brand believes that Arakko needs a firm ruler but doesn’t believe that person to be Storm, so she has begun influencing the people. However, Storm has created the Brotherhood to help rally the mutants of Arakko. Little does anyone know; Abigail is a double agent for Orchis.
TO MANY PLANS
X-Men Red #2 begins with Abigail recruiting Vulcan for her personal X-Men team. Cable leads the team onto Arakko to help some of the locals being attacked by a robot. During the fight, Cable loses his techno arm and eventually dies. Abigail Brand gives the orders to move the civilians elsewhere even though she is warned it is a diplomatically wrong move. Vulcan then takes to the sky and threatens them. However, Storm and the Brotherhood of Arakko arrive and make quick work of the robots. Vulcan threatens Storm’s rule and forces Ororo to show Vulcan her power.
Vulcan returns to the SWORD station base with Abigail, who gives him another mission. Vulcan is to go after Tarn the Uncaring to earn the respect of the people of Arakko.
THE TRUTH OF ABIGAIL
X-Men Red #2 reveals a little more about Abigail’s plans. In a large text block, we find out that Abigail worked with Orchis to stage this attack. The purpose of the attack was to learn more about Cable’s techno virus. However, she underestimated Storm. That is an exciting plot point. Abigail is ultimately an antagonist in this series, and we get her perspective in this comic. And it is interesting seeing everyone’s interpretation of Arakko, which is a much different culture. Abigail and Vulcan try to force their influence while Storm and her Brotherhood have earned their respect. This relationship is great to see on the page, and it adds considerable depth to the story and makes it interesting. However, I would like to be more attached to a character. My interest comes from the plot, but I haven’t connected to anyone person quite yet. This may just be because we took the point of view of Abigail and Vulcan over Storm or Magneto in this issue.
BOTTOM LINE: GOOD WORK HERE
I really enjoy what is going on in the X-Men universe. There are so many fantastic ideas being explored, and I enjoy seeing the power struggles when all mutants work together. This is a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and I’m excited to see where the Destiny of X era is going.
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X-Men Red #2
X-Men Red #2 does a great job exploring exciting plot points and seeing how they interact with the new planet of Arakko.