With every passing issue I just love this comic more.
This one would have been worth the price of admission just for that opening scene of the team having breakfast and outrageously flirting with each other, but there was so much more to enjoy…from the send up of police procedurals to the incredible deep-dive throwback to Siryn’s deal with the Morrigan from Peter David’s X-Factor run…and everything in between.
There’s even some foreshadowing (hopefully) of the return of Tommy (aka Speed) to the pages of Marvel Comics, after far too long an absence (aka “Billy Kaplan has a brother, remember?”). Eventually the Krakoans are going to have to deal with all the implications of branding the Scarlet Witch as “The Great Pretender” and what that means in regards to her two mutants sons, one of whom is currently married to the Emperor of space. It’s likely that’ll play out in the pages of S.W.O.R.D. but it’d be interesting to see what effect it has on some of the mutants who are friends with the twins.
The writing is clever and witty, the art is gorgeous…if you like Baldeon’s style, and I have since his work on Domino. All in all, this is one of my favourite X-titles right now, and given the quality of the line, that’s really saying something!