My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Absolutely loved the X Of Swords teaser…it hadn’t occurred to me that it could be read as Ten of Swords and that it might be a tarot reference (but maybe I’m an idiot…or maybe I’ve been reading the X-Men for so long that an X is always just an X to me). Very excited to see any X-Men story include Opal Luna Saturnyne, who, of course, has been showing up in the pages of Excalibur recently. And it only makes sense that any sword related X-Men event would include Excalibur. The art is absolutely gorgeous and the writer, by Hickman, is as obtuse as you’d expect it to be when teasing an upcoming event.
As for the second story, well, that’s the reason I’ve only given this three stars. I guess the idea of the power going out in the Marvel Universe is a fairly interesting one, but the execution of this story was just a little…off. I mean…having Tony lose a foot just seemed a bit much. He’s not just going to be able to grow his foot back. Although, that said, he recently grew his entire body back in his own book, so what do I know? But, just generally, something like this needs a grittier art style, in my opinion.
All that said, I can see from the other GoodReads reviews of this book that most people loved the Dark Ages tease and hated the X Of Swords tease, so it’s all subjective, innit?