And a Child Shall Lead Them.
Credits: Howard Mackie (writer), JJ Kirby & Mike Miller (pencilers), Pepoy/Greene/Elmer/Mei/
Koblish/Candelario (inks), Gina Going (colors), Chris Eliopoulos (letters)
Summary: Madelyne briefly escapes her Goblin Queen persona, but is soon consumed by demonic influences again. She sends Bloodstorm to the X-Men’s mansion to kidnap Scotty, who’s later kept prisoner when he turns away from his mother. When Brute visits him, Scotty uses his telepathic powers to erase Goblin Queen’s mental control. Brute is attacked by the rest of the Six, but when the Fallen targets Scotty, Goblin Queen turns on him. Madelyne apparently reasserts herself and sends Brute and Scotty back home with the X-Men.
Better Than X-Factor?: Not particularly, although I have to say the artists have done an admirable job under what had to be tight deadlines. Two pencilers and six inkers are not going to produce the most consistent comic ever, but I have to say that the majority of this issue looks perfectly okay. I think JJ Kirby is responsible for most of the issue, but even the pages by perpetual fill-in guy Mike Miller are decent. I’m assuming his pencils for the most recent X-Force issue were extremely rough. The story, unfortunately, does read like a last-minute deadline crunch. Scotty develops powers out of nowhere, Madelyne wastes numerous pages having a literal battle with her inner demons, more demons appear for no discernible reason during Brute and Scotty’s escape, and Madelyne’s personality abruptly changes again when it’s time for the story to end. The execution of the events is so disjointed it’s hard to care about anything that happens.