Way of X #5 by Simon Spurrier

Way of X #5Way of X #5 by Simon Spurrier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series has been consistently excellent, and this issue is no exception.

Al Ewing deserves credit for actually making me care about Fabian Cortez, a character who’s always been a one note villain, and more recently, over in Ewing’s S.W.O.R.D. has been the butt of several jokes. He’s a pathetic, wretched man, but here Ewing actually starts to explore what makes him tick, and maybe start to rehabilitate the character.

Of course, this is all happening while Nightcrawler attempts, and succeeds, to save the moon Phobos from crashing into Arakko/Mars and destroying everything the X-Men have just created here. And dies in the process, but not before finally figuring out what he’s been trying to figure out for ages and telling Cortez…only to discover upon his resurrection that Cortez is now in a catatonic state.

Meanwhile, David Haller has figured out that Onslaught is using the resurrection protocols to gain a foothold in Krakoa. Consuming the bits of mutants’ lives that are lost between their most recent back up and their death. And, given that Professor X has just been resurrected, that darkness is now within him too.

And Nightcrawler has just been resurrected. This isn’t looking good…

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Way of X #3 by Simon Spurrier

Way of X #3Way of X #3 by Simon Spurrier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is just superb.

Spurrier picks up from the Hellfire Gala with Kurt getting blind drunk and waking up the morning after with a raging hangover and a bee in his bonnet about the birds and the bees. Or, to be more specific, about the mutants’ need to make more mutants.

This brings him into conflict with Stacy X, who has been extolling the mental health benefits of sexual intimacy and dolling out contraceptives for those partaking. This, of course, rubs the very Catholic Nightcrawler the wrong way, but more specifically he’s focused on the need to populate Krakoa with mutant babies. However, she points out that not only do the resurrection protocols have the whole “make more mutants” thing covered, but they’re getting a steady stream of abandoned mutant babies dropped through the gates of Krakoa, and what they need is parents.

Add to this explorations of mutant sexuality, when certain powers prevent physical contact, and David Haller using that to root out the corrupting influence of Onslaught and you get a very dense and thought provoking comic…which also happens to be very funny and just generally wonderful.

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Way Of X (2021-) #2 by Simon Spurrier

Way Of X (2021-) #2Way Of X (2021-) #2 by Simon Spurrier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


So I was wrong about Legion being the Patchwork Man, but so was everybody, and that’s kind of the point. Xavier has never understood his son, and that’s never been more obvious than here.

Seriously, though, this is incredibly good. I mean, I shouldn’t be surprised, it’s Si Spurrier, and he’s bloody brilliant, and Bob Quinn, the artist, is no slouch either. I love all the wonderful little details here, like Loa getting all flustered over Mercury’s Hellfire Gala outfit (and later we get a glimpse that maybe she’s acted on that).

Finally we get to find out what a resurrected David Haller would be like…we’re getting to all the interesting questions that resurrection poses. I love it.

And, of course, we get confirmation that there really is something rotten in the state of Krakoa…which brings us back to O.

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Way of X #1 by Simon Spurrier

Way of X #1Way 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!

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