I enjoyed this issue, although it’s somewhat darker than we’ve come to expect from Gerry Duggan, or from this series in general.
The plotline involving the Cuckoos helping a girl who’s been the victim of an abusive father was handled well, and the Cuckoos as a group are characters that I always enjoy.
The revelation that Emma Frost had deceived Sebastian Shaw about the woman he loved, because she wanted to escape from him because he was abusive was also good, and of course the two parts are clearly thematically linked. Emma’s desire to protect women from the men who abuse them runs throughout this issue and is clearly a defining characteristic of the White Queen for Duggan. I think it works effectively as a method to humanise a character who was initially introduced to us as a villain.
The artwork is superb throughout, with Matteo Lolli ably handling the present day and Klaus Janson handling the flashback in his own inimitable style.
Overall a very solid comic book that takes on some heavy subject matter and, on the whole, succeeds.