Clinging to life after a vicious and bizarre attack by Vermin, Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, sees his life flashing before his eyes. Only it’s not the life he remembers. It was his brother who killed those children, wasn’t it? Or did Kurt do that? But how could he do something like that and not remember? Once he awakens from the coma, he begins a journey to the lands of his past, accompanied by Wolverine and the intriguing nurse Christine, to rediscover the sins of his childhood and the evils lurking therein. The second volume by the powerhouse team of Aguirre-Sacasa and Robertson, this title requires much more back story than their first offering, Nightcrawler: The Devil Inside, but that doesn’t make it any less compelling. Kurt’s struggle to reconstruct the elements of his fractured past in time to prevent an unknown assailant from killing everyone connected with him turns into a religious struggle for good and evil, appropriate for the X-Men’s resident believer. In fact, I only had two complaints with this title. One, Robertson’s art is not as powerful as I’ve seen before and two, this is the final volume of their collaboration. Considering the cliff-hanger ending, I’m not sure why Marvel wouldn’t want to continue their work. I hope that the storyline is picked up by an appropriately talented writer and artist, but they should know that the’ll have big shoes to fill. With the first volume this is a highly recommended purchase for libraries, expect patrons to beg for the rest of the story.
Nightcrawler, vol. 2: The Winding Way
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Darick Robertson
Marvel Comics, 2005