X-Men #14 Review

by Ryan.L on November 04, 2020

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Mahmud Asrar, Leinil Francis Yu
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Apocalypse comes face to face with his wife.

So this issue was more exposition. A lot more, that we find out what exactly happened on Arakko. Did we need another full chapter on exposition? No, we certainly did not. This event started off so strong. Seeing each sword bearer attain their sword was really exciting. But the more and more time wasted on exposition is just slowing the story down to a crawl. I understand it is important for us to understand the story and why it's happening. That being said it's being given in clumps where it's causing the story to loose steam.

Was this chapter all bad? I would actually say it was really interesting. What happened to Genesis, Arakko, this really was an intriguing story. We just now have had a few chapters in a row that were slow moving that it is impacting the event as a whole.

I want to stay hopeful, but we are now past halfway and barely anything has happened. We have ten sword bearers and ten chapters left. Things should hopefully pick up after this chapter.

This is a beautiful chapter though. Each page is a delight to look at. I love how each artist manages to keep the overall look and feel of the event but still puts their unique touch on their chapter.

Overall this is not an explosive chapter, but one that packs in a ton of exposition. This is the main history lesson of Arakko. A good read, but also a little dry in places.

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