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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