X-Men #163 Review

Reviewer: Jesse Baker
Story Title: Heroes and Villains: Part 3

Written by: Chuck Austen
Penciled by: Salvador Larroca
Inked by: Danny Miki
Colored by: Liquid!
Lettered by: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: Marvel Comics

A new, lamer than the late ’90s “Post/Retard version of Toad/Pyro/Blob/Mimic” version of the Brotherhood is running around and Juggernaut may or may not be a mole sent by them to betray the X-Men. Good news is that Juggernaut turns out to not be their mole. But the bad news is that Sammy, Juggernaut’s kid sidekick, gets killed by Black Tom. Oh and Xorn II: Electric Bugaloo tells Emma Frost and Havok that the evil behind Xorneto is still in the mansion and still wants to destroy the X-Men apart.

WHAT HAPPENS
Blind Gambit has to defend the X-Mansion against the attacking Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with the snobbish piano playing mutant serving as his eyes.

Evil Nurse Annie and evil rapist son Carter are kept from leaving the X-Mansion by Northstar, who shows how tough he is to Sabretooth by beating Sabretooth to a bloody pulp via his super-speed powers.

Nocturne backs up Juggernaut’s claims that he wasn’t a spy inside the X-Men by telling them how he saved her life as Juggernaut rescues Havok, Iceman, and Xorn II: Electric Bugaloo from being buried alive.

VIVISECTION
Gambit’s got new vision powers, IE he can see the future on the surface of his playing

Sammy’s still dead. Yet the evil bitch Annie and her rapist son don’t get killed by Sabretooth in the gory, uber-violent manner that they deserve? There is no justice folks.

The new Brotherhood still sucks. Exodus is a crappy, crappy villain. Elephant Guy is boring. And why is Black Tom on the team? He’s always been more of a common thief villain and not a political mutant terrorist.

Xorn II still sucks. And Nocturne, if she sticks around, needs to go back to her swimsuit costume ASAP. And get her hair back in braids.