Those of you who have been complaining that Nightcrawler has been wallpaper of late should read this issue. He has some lovely lines and a fantastic action scene. Oh, and pre-bullet Kitty Pryde is in the issue as well. CBR's in house review of the issue coincided with mine in that the ending to the mini-series was a slight step down in quality from previous issues. My personal take on that is it's less a fault of the creators and more that the recent status quo for both the X-Men (pre-Messiah Complex) and Spider-Man (the start of BND) has been less than riveting. The story itself mocks some of the elements foreign to the mythology of both characters, like when Spider-Man quips about the X-Men's on campus graveyard (Mercury Tear).
This issue is a must-read for all X-23 fans as the plight of clones is front and center here.
Nightcrawler repeats his bigoted feelings about clones (they are paper plates, chairs, we need not fear them, etc) in reference to X-Raven, the Sinister/Kraven clone with all the powers of the 06 (except for Tessa).
X-Raven's feelings of insecurity are viciously exploited by Cyclops and Spider-Man as well as Nightcrawler.
Is he Kraven the Hunter? Is he a tool of Sinister? Will X-Raven fight his programmed instincts or succumb to them. Read the story to find out.
Poll Question: Should "Claudine" take her half-brother in hand? Give him some guidance?