S.W.O.R.D. #2 by Al Ewing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ll be honest, I could have done without the King In Black storyline crossing over into the X-books. I’ve been reading the main King In Black book out of morbid curiosity, but it really hasn’t grabbed me, but if any writer was going to take it on them I’m glad that it was Al Ewing, because he’s done a great job…especially as tying into a major crossover in its second issue could have completely killed the momentum after what was a superb first issue.
The focus is still very much on S.W.O.R.D. and their personnel, and the deep dives into the history of the Marvel universe continue this issue, as Mentallo is added to the restore, as the best telepath Abigail Brand could find. And, like, the only telepath she could find….given that Nate Grey has gone missing (hope he hasn’t got himself possessed by a symbiote or anything…).
There is more great stuff with Cortex this issue, a sentence that I thought I’d never type, as his old, scheming self comes to the fore. I seriously doubt that Magneto is likely to fall for his old tricks, don’t worry…but it’s fun watching Cortez think he might.
The art is utterly jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Valerio Schiti has been a favourite of mine for a while now, and I hope he stays on this book for a long time. He and Al Ewing certainly make an amazing team!
Really, the only think I disliked about this issue was that it ties into King In Black, but it’s still an excellent comic.