WOW! If the cover isn’t enough to grab you, let me tell you why you need to read this book.
If you read my review on the last issue of X-O, you’ll know I was not pleased with the slow storytelling and overabundance of huge panels. I found it to be very little story, shoved into big panels. It felt rushed, as if no time was spent on making it a complete book. This issue is a huge step forward. Panels are flowing better, and there’s a great mix in the sizes. The story moves easier, and it doesn’t feel rushed. Each panel moved the story without being overly done, or taking a whole page for some small detail.
The story keeps a decent tempo. Venditti has finally broken the story out. Aric is coming to grips with being a man out of time. The Spider-Aliens are still hot on his tail, and they’ve brought in a professional to get the armor back. Ninjak makes his debut in this issue as an assassin for hire, and his newest target X-O.
While I’m enjoying this story, I did not enjoy the fast interaction between Ninjak and X-O. The premiere of the character felt lackluster and incomplete. That said, this book gets better with each issue. I give it 3 ½ stars.