Way of X #1 by Simon Spurrier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There is something rotten in the state of Krakoa.
We’ve known this for some time. Really, it’s been clear from the start…that there’s something dark lurking in the background. That Krakoa is tainted. People have been acting out of character or, at the very least, indulging the worst aspects of their personalities. I’m thinking specifically about Beast here, but he’s not the only one. And, certainly, this issue shows us that the youth of Krakoa are acting with reckless abandon, with no regard for their lives…after all, they can just be resurrected, right? And within the pages of this comic Professor X reveals that he’s aware of a dark, malevolent force that’s been evading his detection, but Cerebro is certain that it’s an Omega level mutant…
And this is written by Si Spurrier so I should have figured out who it was sooner than I did. But, you know, spoilers…
It feels like the seeds for this series started being sown as long ago as HoX/PoX, and I have to wonder if they always had Spurrier in mind to write it. After all, he’s the obvious choice, having written the definitive series about…that character…but, either way, this is perfect.
It’s not just a well written book though, the art is also of the standard one has come to expect from a modern X-book.
Somehow I’ve got this far into this review without even mentioning Nightcralwer, who’s ostensibly the main character. Spurrier writes a great Kurt, a character who’s always been a melting pot of internal conflicts, both swashbuckling adventurer and thoughtful, deeply spiritual man. Spurrier seems to be exploring both facets of his character here…Kurt’s a man full of contradictions and nobody’s more aware of that than Kurt.
All in all, this is a superb start to an excellent new series, and I can’t wait to read more!