I am using this novel for my Halloween Bingo, the Magical Realism square. There were instances where Lester was fighting aliens while he was a superhero. I am using this novel with another novel as I thought the magical realism was not central in either novel but it existed.
Usually they're good about filling in the holes if you haven't read the series, which seems like a good marketing strategy since they give these away for free with the digital uploads of your regular comic purchases. This time, I had no idea what happened: Wolverine specifically mentions an incident with Jean Grey going into his head that kicks all this off, and I have no fragging idea what happened.
Overall, it didn't impact the heavily emotional and emotive story about Wolverine wanting to go back to the future he came from, to save the baby he didn't mean to abandon, but did when he left. The whole 'we won't help you to preserve the timeline' by all the magicians is both understandable and heartbreaking, especially since many of these are friends, many of whom he's worked with before.
Not sure I'll continue with this storyline, but it was a fun, free read. The problem is Marvel does enough stuff that I like that I have to weed out some excellent stories for the ones that strike me more, that fill an emotional or mental need I have.
This fourth volume deals with different characters as Tim-21, Tim-22, Effie, Driller all end up in situations which seem to be finally bringing this storyline to a close. The conflict between machines and lifeforms is reaching a climax as both sides flex their muscles, hopefully concluded in the next volume.
The characters are developed well and makes the whole experience enjoyable. The artwork can be frustrating some times but is generally work a look. Worth a look, especially if you've read the three previous volumes.
They don't actually fight here: even when Crystal has Dusaike take down the X-Men, it's more that he can't save everyone from a riot, and violence, without doing so. Crystal assures him that she'll take responsibility and Storm will understand, since the Inhumans had just tried to help save mutants from the Terrigent Mist cloud. (That is grammatically correct: Terrigen Mist is what it's called, and it's also a free ranging cloud at the moment. Before it was contained.)
Cyclops, who believes that the Inhumans lied about the Mist being safe, warns the world, a world that had been accepting of the Inhumans, making them mistrust Crystal, Medusa and the rest.
Medusa doesn't want to start a war, but knowing what she does? She knows one is likely to come, and perhaps inevitable. If it comes to the mutants or her people, she's choosing her people and wants to plan to win a war that she doesn't want to take part in at all.
The tension, the misunderstandings, the paranoia? I understand it. Each side has been used, manipulated, chased out of their homes. Someone has tried to kill both Inhumans and mutants at many points, and so I understand, and sympathize with both sides. Still, it's making me want to make things better because I feel so much for both sides - and I want to clear up the misunderstandings, try to help them both.
I know how this is going to end, though, and it's going to get a lot uglier before anything good can happen.