Collects X-Men Forever issues 6-10

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artists: Paul Smith, Terry Austin, Steve Scott, Al Vey

The sentinels are back and they’re bigger and badder than ever!

In the previous collection, this X-Men team (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Shadowcat, Rogue, Nightcrawler, Gambit, Beast, Prof X, and a very young Ororo) faced a shocking revelation, an apparent betrayal by one of their own, and Wolverine’s death, but they don’t get a breather. The Danger Room malfunctions and then they get a distress call for SHIELD. SHIELD’s team in South America went silent and only a huge footprint is seen. Jean, Hank, Kitty, Rogue, and Kurt leave to investigate and are confronted by huge Sentinels.

We readers get to know more about the Consortium which are the shadowy bad guys this time around. Literally, since the characters are shown as only shadows when discussing about the X-Men and their plans.

The final issue brings together a lot of X-Men’s friends and allies for Logan’s funeral.

This was another action packed collection. Some of the X-Men talk a little about their issues but many of them are feeling betrayed and hurt, and just lashing out against each other. A bit surprisingly one of the most hostile X-Men is Kitty, but she’s gone through a strange transformation: she now has one of Wolverine’s claws and apparently some of his temper, as well, and isn’t interested in letting the resident scientists look at her. One wildcard is Sabertooth. Storm’s attack earlier burned out his eyes and he’s been staying in the mansion while he recuperates. He’s at odds with Gambit a lot but no-one is happy about him staying there. Still, the first collection had a lot more unexpected twists and it was emotinally far more intense.

While the person behind the return of the Sentinels is revealed, they and the Consortium clearly have big plans so nothing is really resolved. Except maybe Wolverine’s death, because this is alternate world.