by Chuck Austen, Savador Larroca
When little-brother Jeb's mutant powers awaken, Paige (Husk) returns to her hometown in Kentucky (X-men in tow) to sort out trouble between her own family and a hardcore anti-mutant clan who has has hated them for years. Unfortunately, Paige's other brother, Josh has fallen in love with that family's eldest daughter, Julia. As tension between the two families grow: Josh and Julia find themselves torn between their warring families. Meanwhile, Paige and Warren (Arcangel) finally get their shit together. It all ends rather badly in true Shakespearean style.
As poorly written as it is gorgeously-drawn, this arc is prettier than just about anything that's come before. The settings are lush, the light effects are gorgeous, and the characters are all improbably good-looking. Unfortunately it's weighed down by ludicrous archaic speech straight out of crappy romance novels. Whoever thought Romeo and Juliet needed ANOTHER update needs to be shot on principal... but whoever thought entire speeches needed to be reproduced in a super-hero comic needs to be tarred, feathered, waterboarded, mildly electrocuted and then hung.
If you like Paige and/or Warren: it's worth the read just to progress their relationship (and see the incredibly cute scene where they consumate it). Otherwise, it's pretty negligable. Julia is a throwaway to introduce Icarus, we've all already read "Romeo and Juliet", and unfortunately, thanks to the cancellation of the New Mutants lineup... Icarus doesn't last too long anyway.
-introduction of Josh/Jay "Icarus" (later a 2nd gen Hellion/New Mutant)
-background on Paige's family
-Logan gets an apology from Warren
-Paige and Warren finally hook up
In short, this is X-men at it's girliest. If buff, shirtless angels sweeping you off your feet and making love to you in moonlit Botanical gardens while reciting treacly poetry makes you quiver with excitement: this is a must-read. If the thought makes you a bit ill ~ you might want to skip it.