First up Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia knocked this one out of the park. This books is, quite simply, gorgeous. This issue would have been a daunting one to illustrate and yet, somehow, they don’t just pull it off, they make it look easy.
Up to this point the Hellfire Gala has teased us with the big revelation. We’ve seen people’s reactions to it, but we haven’t been told what it is. Here…we get that reaction in full, and where Marvel’s comics have been afraid to fundamentally alter the status quo in the past, this one doesn’t shy away from changing everything.
Duggan takes the entire of mutants combining their powers to achieve incredible feats to a whole new level. They’ve been preparing us for this for a while, most notably in the pages of New Mutants and SWORD, but here it’s taken to it’s ultimate conclusion, as pretty much every Omega level mutant combines their powers to terraform Mars.
Not only does this solve the problem of where to put the sixteen million new Arrako mutants, but it also establishes the mutant civilisation as the dominant power in the solar system. The new mutant city on Mars is declared the capital of our star system…and this is going to have consequences. Not just in regards to the mutants’ relations with human governments, but on a galactic level.
I’m very excited for what this sets up going forward, for the stories and adventures this sets the stage for. And, quite frankly, the fact that so many people have reacted to this with “meh” just baffles me.