Its the war to end all wars as the most prominent mutants in X-Men lore come up with a plan to try and protect their race from the Terrigen Mist, which creates Inhumans and kills mutants.
Beast stands as the emotional catalyst of this series. He begins the issue by visiting the grave of the recently deceased Scott Summers AKA Cyclops, who sacrificed himself to destroy one of two Terrigen clouds that roams the Earth. His death began the feeling of uneasiness among the X-Men and forced them to join forces with the villainous and untrustworthy Magneto and his cohorts even to the point where Storm and Logan turn their backs on Beast as he attempts to broker a peace between the two powerful races or superpowered individuals.
Meanwhile on New Attilan, the home of the Inhumans and the Royal Family, Medusa begins to mentally and emotionally prepare young NuHumans for their transformation from normal, everyday kids to beings of great and devastating power. While this is taking place, the plan concocted by Emma Frost, the scorn widow of Cyclops, begins to come to fruition. They begin attacks on Black Bolt and Karnak as Johnny Storm, an Inhuman Sympathizer, warns the Queen of the impending threat of the mutants.
A victim of the Holocaust, Magneto vows to not let his people be gassed to death as Beast slowly but surely realizes that his friends and fellow mutants are plotting against him and his alliance with Medusa.
The writing team of Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire prove to be a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with in the superhero storytelling world. They’re ability to make the case for both sides of this war is impressive in that it is truly difficult to pick a side. Mutants are dropping like flies in the wake of the Terrigen Mist as it freely roams the earth but Inhumans are making an effort to go out of their way to shield any and all of them from that fate.
It is argued that in the middle of the dispute between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox, Marvel Comics have a vendetta against mutants and are slowly attempting to turn their roster of Inhumans into the new dominant race of heroes, but one thing this issue (and presumably the entire series) does is establish both groups as important and self-sustaining members of the Marvel Universe. It will be a difficult future in terms of them co-existing and this war is far from over but Magneto and Storm are hellbent on making sure their place in the world is not erased and replaced with the likes of Medusa and Black Bolt.
Emma Frost debuted as a villain in the comics and her turn to the “good” side has always been one that has been battle-tested and watching the man she loved die right in front of her has been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. She has lost her mind and will do anything possible to save her people… including destroying the Inhumans.
Rating: 7/10, Can’t wait to finish the rest of the series and see how it connects to the exciting future of the Marvel Universe.
- Christian Hubbard