Meanwhile, Humberto speaks with the Hag of the Pits (Bwahahahaha!!! Hag! Priceless...) the person that created his amulet. The old Hag tells him he can take his powers back, but he must pay a price. One day he will have to fight for the creatures whose powers he possess, and he may die in doing so. She asks him if he can bear that burden, and he says yes, re-powering him as well. With their powers and the help of X-23 and Finesse, the teens make quick work of Coat of Arms, and are then reunited with Striker, Mettle, Hazmat and Veil. The team has to make a quick decision, as they have to go after Briggs before he releases the Clean Slate on the world's superheroes, but if they don't get X-23 the cure fast, she'll die of adamantium poisoning. They discuss splitting up but they know they won't be able to get the antidote without doing it together, due to Briggs having it under lockdown. They decide to go after the antidote to save X-23, and giving them to the rest of the team that needed them as well. With everyone re-powered, they head to the roof after Briggs, but arrive just as he's released the Clean Slate to the world, as this issue comes to a close.
Thoughts: First things first, that scene with Mettle and Hazmat, like most of their scenes in this arc, was amazing. Just the visual of seeing Ken's flesh burn away as he embraced and kissed his girlfriend was extremely strong and it goes to show how talented of an artist Andrea Di Vito is, as well as the always Grade A+ writing of Christos Gage. Also, this is one of the first comics in a while that I can remember having no Credits page, which was good because it never broke up the flow of the pages. I enjoyed mostly everything here, except for the fact the gang didn't split up. I kinda get their point but if Hazmat could kick Briggs and Enchantress' ass earlier, then why not just send her and Finesse or her and White Tiger to at least slow Briggs down? And Lightspeed's speech was a little cheesy and awkward for a fight in the middle of a room, but those things aside, I still enjoyed this comic. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how the Academy crew, and I'd wager, Jocasta, stop Briggs' master plan.