X-Men #28 Review: Eyes Sewn Shut

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In X-Men #28, written by Gerry Duggan with art by Joshua Cassara, Firestar’s cover almost gets blown. Uh-oh!

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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X-Men #28 (2021) Review:

In the latest issue of Marvel‘s X-Men, things are getting pretty bad where Orchis is concerned. Firestar manages to free Juggernaut, but not Cyclops. And Kitty Pryde and Ms. Marvel get sent to the most dangerous place possible with Wolverine.

“It feels like the danger amped up incredibly in this issue,” host Alex Zalben said, kicking things off.

Justin Tyler agreed, adding that, “This is just very stressful all around.” That said, he did question whether the book had a “real through line” except for the stress everyone from Sunfire to Firestar to Shadowkat is feeling at the overall situation. “While there isn’t a central spine to this story,” Tyler continued, “I like this… as a way of parachuting in on these interesting characters in interesting situations.”

Continuing on that thought, Tyler noted that he’s been enjoying the Fall of X event, but is wondering, now that we’re about halfway through, “when are we going to get that funnel into the final story?”

Zalben added, “This is a little bit like the news, getting you up to speed.” The character of Doctor Stasis in particular is tasked with a lot of exposition in the issue. By contrast, Zalben enjoyed the Wolverine appearance at the end. “I really liked the fact that he’s been so outside of this the entire time, him coming in and being like, ‘What are you guys doing?'”

Pete LePage also liked the part where Wolverine showed up, as well as the “cool last page reveal.”

X-Men #28 (2021) Official Synopsis:

HOT AND HEAVY! Juggernaut has come a long way from his beginnings as a bully transformed into an unstoppable foe of the X-Men. In fact, he’d recently become one of mutantkind’s best human allies. So why is he trying to kill Firestar?

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