Written by Charles Soule
Art by Kenneth Rocafort
Published by Marvel Comics
With Civil War II winding down and Death Of X just finishing last week, Marvel is getting to launch this winter’s big war between the Inhumans and the X-Men. It’s going to cross in to a bunch of X-titles and set up a status quo for the spring that will have the X-Men back in Blue and Gold teams and the Inhuman royal family launched into deep space, and it should finally clear up the story about a giant cloud of Terrigen mist crawling around the world, killing mutants and empowering Inhumans. And it all starts here, gang.
This issue bridges the eight months between the end of Death Of X (Cyclops’s team destroyed a lot of Terrigen but lost to Black Bolt) to the present day. Half the book follows Beast as he tries to solve the problem with science but loses his faith when he sees what the Inhumans are willing to do to preserve their way of life. The other half details Emma Frost’s training and manipulations as she prepares mutants everywhere for battle.
This is a fantastic jumping-on point. New readers get caught up, and longtime fans get a taste of the scope of this story. Charles Soule, a longtime friend of Ultimate Comics, efficiently tackles a huge spread of time and manages to make a fairly talky issue move smoothly. It helps that his take on Emma as a woman tackling her trauma with alcohol and denial gives this military story a lovely soap opera element.
Come on in to Ultimate Comics this week to get ready for the event we’ll all be talking about for the next four months!
-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics