Wednesday, July 14, 2010

X-Men: Second Coming #2 [2010]


The first mutant is born after the events of House of M where the Scarlet Witch proclaimed ‘No More Mutants.’ Second Coming is the final part of the X-Men Trilogy that started 3 years ago with the Messiah Complex followed by the Messiah War. Second Coming centers on Cable and Hope Summers returning to the present day as they are hunted by Bastion.

Things look grim for the X-Men as Bastion traps them in a sphere that surrounds the island of Utopia as well as San Francisco. He then creates a portal on the Golden Gate Bridge and sends enhanced army of Nimrod sentinels from the Days of Future Past timeline to destroy the remaining mutants on Utopia. With no other choice than to use the last time jump, Cyclops sends Cable and X-Force sent into the future to stop the Nimrods as the X-Men battle them in the present day.

Finding a way to break through the impregnable energy dome are the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. They realize that with their combined might it would take all day to break in while the citizens inside only have a few hours left.

Magneto joins the battle in the present and reminds the attacking Nimrod horde that he built Asteroid M that Utopia now rests on and counterattacks them with iron ore spikes. Hope reunites with her fellow mutants on the Golden Gate Bridgeand attacks the Nimrod sentinels by using a rifle made in 2712. In the future X-Force distracts a Sentinel while Cable and Cypher shut down the endless army of Nimrods from emerging in the present. Cyclops plan works and the army of Nimrod sentinels are shut down in the present as well as the future.

Cable releases the techno-organic virus inside him to keep the portal open long enough for X-Force to return to the present. They return at the cost of Cable’s life. After the failed attempt from launching the Nimrod sentinels from the future, Bastion attacks the X-Men on the Golden Gate Bridge and goes toe to toe with Hope. After witnessing the death of Cable she triggers her mutant powers within her and destroys Bastion. 

This issue serves as an epilogue rather than an additional chapter in the Second Coming story arc. We witness the funeral of Cable and reminded that he is the son of Cyclops and Hope provides us with the eulogy. Cyclops kicks Rogue off the team and dissolves X-Force, while Wolverine kicks X-23 off X-Force and assembles a new covert mutant team. Five new mutants are arising around the world and Hope is holding the spirit of the Phoenix force.