Some of this is really, really good…particularly the character work with Gabe. I feel like we know tis guy now, we know what makes him tick.
Where it falls down is in the confusing fight with Hell’s Belles. It’s never clear what’s actually happening, and that really lets the book down.
It also disappointed me that the team never actually made it to the Dazzler concert. It was such a big thing for them all to go see Dazzler, and a huge part of the start of this book was taken up with Gabe convincing his mother to let him go…and then they all just blow off the gig to go fight Hell’s Belles, despite them saying that they want to get there before the Avengers show up…so it’s not like Hell’s Belles will get away if they go to the gig.
Ultimately, I’m feeling a little frustrated that we still don’t really know what’s going on. Once again the Children of the Atom are invited to Krakoa, and once again they make their excuses…and the book, once again, ends with them preparing to attempt to go through a gate on their own. If they believe they’re mutants then why don’t they accept the invitation and have the X-Men help them figure out why they can’t use the gates? If they know they’re not, why do they keep trying to get to Krakoa?
I’m sure all will be revealed in time, but I’m just impatient, I guess.