Death of X is a new series that just might start a new war between supers!
Mutants are representative of the next step in human evolution. Their superhuman powers, abilities, gifts, whatever you may call them, manifest at puberty. However, instead of being loved for their uniqueness, they are not only hated, but feared by nearly all.
Thousands of years ago, aliens experimented on cavemen, changing their evolution. Then, they mysteriously left their experiments behind. These “experiments” are known as Inhumans. They built tha city of Attilan, and discovered a chemical, Terrigen, that unlocks the super powers hidden in their DNA. Black Bolt set a bunch of Terrigen Mists free across the world, in hopes of awakening inhumans everywhere.
A group of mutants (Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik, Iceman, Stepford Cuckoos, and Goldballs) are heading to Muir Island in search of Jamie Madrox after they get a distress call from him.
Meanwhile, the inhumans (Crystal, Gorgon, Grid, Flint, Naja, and Iso) make their way to Matsumoto, Japan, where a fog of Terrigen Mist is rolling in. They want to be there when some inhumans get their powers—in order to guide them. But they get an unexpected visit from Hydra. However, a brand new inhuman steps up.
By the time the mutants get to the island, everyone is dead. A dying Jamie is able to tell Cyclops that this is all due to the Terrigen Mists. Cyclops then realizes what has happened: The inhumans lied to the mutants. While the Terrigen Mists help inhumans, they hurt mutants. At the end of the day, the mutants and inhumans will do whatever it takes to protect their own.
This storyline brings up a lot of questions. If the inhumans need the Terrigen Mist to keep their kind alive but the mutants need it gone to keep their kind alive, how are they going to work it out? Are they going to go after each other until one group is gone? If that’s the case, the inhumans can’t win, because genetic mutations come all the time, whereas inhumans’ powers need the mist to manifest. However, the series is entitled Death of X… I’m not sure what to think at this point.
Writers Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule make this issue very cinematic. We jump from group to group as the writers give us updates on each. This kind of writing makes the issue go by pretty quickly, keeping up a steady and comfortable pace. A few prominent characters’ personalities are shown, but not all. This is understandable, given the page limit, but it would have been really beneficial to see them all get an equal amount of playing time on the field.
Aaron Kuder’s illustrations don’t show much detail in terms of the characters, but they are certainly effective enough to relay emotion and reaction. Environmental details are shown really well, like the swaying of the grass or the dozens of buildings in Matsumoto. Morry Hollowell’s colors help create dimension, depth, and detail more than anything. Whether it’s dark shading or bright, nearly glowing representations of superpowers, the variety of colors in this issue definitely play to the storyline’s advantage.
This issue could be the start of something HUGE. I have no idea where Lemire and Soule are going to take this miniseries, but I can’t wait to find out. This is the perfect book for any Marvel fan who likes a dramatic story with a lot of action and superpowers. I’m actually not the biggest fan of superpower-driven stories, but I will definitely be keeping up with this one.
Written by: Jeff Lemire & Charles Soule
Illustrated by: Aaron Kuder