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    Default Children of the Atom #2 Review/Spoilers. Yeah, i cried a little.

    I don't usually do reviews but this issue was absolutely drawn stunningly and written even better. If Gabriel hasn't risen to be one of my favorite characters in a single issue i would be lying. The heart Vita puts into this issue is simply mind blowing.

    Following the preview the issue starts with us finding out who Gabriel is, he is a math genius and just a really normal, good guy. His first words weren't "mom or dad" they were "i help." I thought that was powerful especially considering we find out later his dad was fight fighter who got sick and died. He is pretty much the point of view character.
    From there to the opening night of the Dazzler concert where the gang meets up. We meet Gabriel's childhood friend Cole who also got sick and another touching story ensues where Dazzler is given the most beautiful tribute, literally being Cole's light when he was sick and making him feel there was something to look forward to. This story is followed by a data page poster of the dazzler concert flyer.

    The kids get a message about the hell belle's and heads off to stop them, a fight ensues and the kids don't understand why the helle belle's would be doing what they are doing when they have amnesty on krakoa. They basically let them know they don't want to be on krakoa watching mutants live it up when they don't have their powers so they are going to save the rest of helle belle from prison and do their thing. The fight continues and Storm shows up, she is smart in that she brings Toad with her.

    Storm let's them know she has come to "take you home sisters" The helle belles don't believe it asking where they were. Storm lets them know they don't force amnesty on any mutant and they never came to them for help. They still don't believe it and are like "so what we go through a gate and everything is forgotten? Storm tells them to ask "toad, or even magneto" and extends her hand and they take her hand. Toad plants a gate so they can get out and he escorts the hell belle to krakoa, all of them since the gate was created in the prison.

    Storm tells the kids to come along as well they say the hell Belle's need her more she lets them know they are blocked from cerebro so she can't find them and she gives them one of her communicators from her infamous TAS costume which Cyclopslass holds to her chest. She then leaves.

    The issue ends with the kids preparing to go though the gate again.

    Masterful. Just Masterful, beautiful. This issue was all heart and action, and then some more heart and ended with even more. 10/10. This is all i want in a comic.

    I included the pages of Gabriel because i feel everyone should know Gabriel's exist in real life. Thank you Vita.
    I don't know this is probably more of a summary than a review, but if your not reading this book, i think your missing out.

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    A couple of issues into New Mutants and CotA, I can officially say I'm really smitten with Vita Ayala's writing.

    I agree with you jwatson, I think you can really see how much heart Vita has poured into this, their characters are really popping out of the pages and are instantly relatable which is no meager feat. Bernand Chang also brings the goods with beautiful and expressive art.

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    BRIQUETTE.

    Vita won my heart but then they lost it when I was so goddamn bored with the rest of the non-Hell's Belles stuff.

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    The kids and mystery surrounding them still aren't grabbing me but Vita's character work is phenomenal. The Hell's Belles stuff was gold and I'd love for them to continue on writing main x-teams and other characters on Krakoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psycwave View Post
    The kids and mystery surrounding them still aren't grabbing me but Vita's character work is phenomenal. The Hell's Belles stuff was gold and I'd love for them to continue on writing main x-teams and other characters on Krakoa.
    I really don't think there is a mystery I think they are humans who really want to be mutants. 2 Issues in and we haven't seen them use their powers without their suits on.

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    So the mystery of the kids being mutants or not is probably the whole arc, right?

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    Once again, the cameos are more interesting than the kids.
    No matter how powerful a character is, if someone has to hold their snowflake hand, and remind them how very special they are before they stop whining long enough to save the day; they're not truly a badass.

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    I believe they are either humans who use technology to makeup for mutant abilities or depowered Mutants

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    Quote Originally Posted by CGAR View Post
    So the mystery of the kids being mutants or not is probably the whole arc, right?
    Seems so. Though given how obvious it is so far, we could ask where the surprising twist in it will be?

    I mentioned in the past that i kind of expect a twist where one or two of them suddently do become mutants and it screws up their entire dynamic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synch340 View Post
    I believe they are either humans who use technology to makeup for mutant abilities or depowered Mutants
    They can't be depowered mutants they just watched depowered mutants walk through the gates and be accepted

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    Congrats to Vita for creating a multifaceted black male character in the form of Gabriel.

    I wasn’t in love with the entire issue, but I think I’ll keep buying for now. I think there’s something sinister going on with the team’s technology that might slowly be changing their DNA (hence why they keep trying the gates). Plus, we have no idea where they got such advanced tech.

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    Storm still assuming these kids are mutants even though Cerebro cant detect them. Um okay....

    Who was the blonde at the end? Husk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok83 View Post
    Storm still assuming these kids are mutants even though Cerebro cant detect them. Um okay....
    I'm on the fence with following this series, and that little bit is part of why. Maybe it will make sense when it is explained.

    Then again, I am just following others summaries for now, so I might have missed something like why are the X-Men even showing up to talk to them or acting like they are even mutants in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Havok83 View Post
    Storm still assuming these kids are mutants even though Cerebro cant detect them. Um okay....

    Who was the blonde at the end? Husk?
    its been a lot of um okay moments reading vita's storm. perfect caption for it truly lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cranger View Post
    I'm on the fence with following this series, and that little bit is part of why. Maybe it will make sense when it is explained.

    Then again, I am just following others summaries for now, so I might have missed something like why are the X-Men even showing up to talk to them or acting like they are even mutants in the first place?
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflykyss View Post
    its been a lot of um okay moments reading vita's storm. perfect caption for it truly lol.
    Either these kids are mutants or they're not. It boggles my mind why no one is even considering the fact they may not be. I dont mind Vita's Storm, but its an eye roll worthy moment for that to come out of her mouth and not think that these kids are non-mutants

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