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‘X Of Swords: Creation #1’ (review)

Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Pepe Larraz
Published by Marvel Comics


It’s right there on the cover.

Part one of twenty two. It’s taunting you. Crossover tie-ins. Every issue, every page, it all matters.

If you want single issue periodicals to survive, whether digital or hard copy, a 22 part crossover is not the friendliest way to make that happen.

Featuring 16 characters on the introduction page, with countless more to come, feels exhausting already.

There’s a mutant who is drawn like Emma Frost, but she reads tarot cards.

Apocalypse comes to Krakoa to warn of an incoming threat.

Without the blessing of the X Council, Apocalypse goes to face this threat. Both he and Banshee suffer. Teen Cable has a sword with great powers.

I sound reductive, but all of this feels like it’s strictly for the die hard fan.

Hickman’s been given free reign over the X-Men tales and has tried some out of the world ideas. I’m sure some of them will continue past his run on these titles.

This opening issue of this event series feels like he’s throwing everything at you at the same time. Even having read a good portion of the run up to this, it still feels like it’s too much. One has to be a scholar in all things X to keep up.

Good luck.

The art here is fine. It really never orients the reader. It tells the story of fantastic settings without being particularly inviting. Which makes sense since the story never feels very inviting.

My experience with Hickman’s work has generally come after it’s completed and collected.

Maybe once all twenty two parts are collected I can sit back and enjoy this a little more.

As an opening, I’m tapped out.


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