Hellions #8 by Zeb Wells

Hellions #8Hellions #8 by Zeb Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hellions continues to be superb. I love the art and I love the writing.

But, also, wow…this was a wild ride, with some truly wonderful moments…not least of which was Empath figuring out that Hodge was 100% robot.

And then we have the revelation of Krakoa’s anti-Ai protocols, which could bring them into conflict with a LOT of people in the Marvel universe.

But the big, gut wrenching moment was the Hellions’ ultimate betrayal of the newly evolved Right robots.

Ah…there’s just more to process here than I can coherently write about.

Just, you know, go read it…it’s good.

Also Empath is still both the worst and the best.

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Hellions (2020-) #7 by Zeb Wells

Hellions (2020-) #7Hellions (2020-) #7 by Zeb Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

RIP Clive, we hardly knew thee…

Wild Child, Nanny and Orphan Maker are resurrected but they’re…changed…honed… And, more importantly, Orphan Maker needs a new containment suit lest his mutant power manifests and that CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. It would be bad. Very bad. Oh, and the technology to build him a new one is held by The Right.

Oh, also, Sinister is keeping from the rest of the team exactly how they died. Mainly because he murdered them. It would probably be bad if they found out. Bad for Sinister, that is.

This continues to be the funniest X-book right now. It’s so much fun, and it’s beautifully illustrated too.

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Hellions (2020-) #6 by Zeb Wells

HELLIONS-6Hellions (2020-) #6 by Zeb Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, if you were wondering what happened to the Hellions’ quest to steal the swords of Arakko before the tournament started, given that the tournament has already started, now you know.

You may have been thinking that it was a stupid plan and that Mr Sinister must have been “up to something,” and that’s because it was, indeed, a stupid plan and Mr Sinsister was very much “up to something.” What remains to be seen is whether or not he’s gotten away with it (which may or may not depend on the meddling of some pesky kids).

This was fun! Twisted but fun! Which pretty much sums this book up. I kinda loved the Locus Vile, who’s leader, Tarn, is essentially the Arakkan equivalent of Mr Sinister. This wasn’t something they really bonded over, however…no…

I expect this issue will have significant “consequences” moving forward. But one thing’s for sure, Sinister is not to be trusted. Although, that’s not really anything new, is it?

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Hellions #5 by Zeb Wells

Hellions #5Hellions #5 by Zeb Wells
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you didn’t enjoy this issue then maybe you just don’t like fun. Be sure to remove any stick like objects from your posterior before reading.

Because this is FUNNY. And that, apparently, offends some people. Mr Sinister’s progression over the last few years from fairly boring, one note, Summers obsessed villain…to…well…what we have here. Flamboyant. Camp. Vain. And almost certainly using all of that as a smokescreen to hide his true villainous intent…is something that was started by Gillen, progressed by Hickman and perfect, here, by Zeb Wells.

Also, Empath is the worst and I still love him.

As for plot, the Hellions have to infiltrate Otherworld in a bid to steal the swords of their enemies before the tournament even begins, and to do so Sinister has to swap his cape for a horse so that Jamie Braddock will let them in. And it’s every bit as ridiculous as that sounds.

Well, it might be Sinister, or it might be a clone that he’s secretly created…and he might also be a clone that he’s secretly created. The real Sinister might not even be on Krakoa for all we know.

Anyway, the writing in here is great. It’s Zeb Wells at his wittiest. And the art is simply superb.

I love this, and you should too…unless you’re a miserable git who hates everything new and thinks you know better because you’ve been reading X-Men for a million years.

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Hellions (2020-) #4 by Zeb Wells

Hellions (2020-) #4Hellions (2020-) #4 by Zeb Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“And you just know that Sinister’s chuckling to himself in the shadows.”

I said that in my review of #3 and, sure enough, we see in #4 that Sinister is, indeed, chuckling to himself in the shadows.

The Hellions’ first mission wraps up, messily, and then we’re treated to the team unpicking what’s happened, what they’ve learned, what we’ve learned about them.

Madelyne, of course, dies. Because that’s what she does. Her final words are that she just wanted people to know that she was a real girl, but the Krakoan High Council decides that she wasn’t, she was just a clone, and so doesn’t deserve to be resurrected. I assume that this decision will come back to haunt them, because it’s the wrong one, and Madelyne Pryor is so often on the wrong end of decisions. Sinister makes it clear that Krakoans have the gift of resurrection thanks to him, so we can expect him to bring Maddie back. And for her to be angry. And for an island of clones to have to face up to the fact that clones are people too.

This is an interesting extension of the Mutant Metaphor.

Hopefully Empath will be back next issue.

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