Marvel Comics 2021
Written by Jonathan Hickman
Illustrated by Valerio Schiti
Coloured by David Curiel
Lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino
THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN’S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
“There will be an island—not the first, but the last…” Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them.
Considering the first Inferno story arc was what it was I was really expecting a Madelyne Pryor moment ya know, Demons, fire and brimstone that kind of thing. So unless things start going up in flames, literal flames, I’m going to be disappointed with the title for this story. Still there are many things, or moments, within this issue that are exciting to see and I wish it had more time and space to play out and culminate, explosively, in these pages. Though what we do see is incredibly interesting, intriguing and above all else terribly exciting to know that Moira is about to exact her revenge upon Charles, Magneto and the rest of the mutant community with this arc. Will this forever change the face of the mutant kind and will Krakoa still be standing when it’s all said and done?
I am immensely enjoying the way that this is being told. The story & plot development that we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is presented exquisitely. The character development that we see through the narration, the dialogue, the character interaction as well as how we see them act and react to the situations and circumstances which they encounter. Which does a brilliant job of bringing their personalities to the forefront. The pacing is excellent and as it introduces the story, the characters and the overall mood, tone and feel of the book one cannot help but be drawn into the intrigue.
How we see this being structured and how the layers within the story begin to emerge and grow is magnificently rendered. The layers open up new avenues that can and should be explored, such as all those Wolverine adamantium skeletons and what use they could be, as they add this delicious depth, dimension and complexity to the story. How we see everything working together to create the story’s ebb & flow as well as how it moves the story forward is immaculately achieved.
I am a fan of the interiors here. The linework is incredible and how we see the varying weights and techniques being utilised to create this level & quality of detail within the work is mind blowing. That we see backgrounds utilised as we do to enhance and expand the moments are brilliantly rendered. They also work within the composition of the panels to bring out the depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the story. Never underestimate the power that utilising backgrounds can bring and they should be prevalent in any and all books. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels show a remarkably talented eye for storytelling. The various hues and tones within the colours being utilised to create the shading, highlights and shadow work demonstrate a superb eye for how colour works and how to maximise its effects.
The hubris of man extends to mutants as well for what are they if not men, generalised just for the sake of the saying. It is interesting to see those who think they know best get bit by what they’ve enacted and have to pay the price for their hubris. I’m not one who reads a lot of mutant titles, New Mutants is the only one really, so for me to be this excited by this story says a lot about how well it’s written and how sharp the characterisation is as well as how incredibly strong the interior artwork is. Finally something with teeth that the reader can sink their own teeth into and it’s going to be a hell of a ride.