X of Swords: Creation #1 Review

by Ryan.L on September 23, 2020

Writer: Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Publisher: Marvel Comics

It's time! We head right into 'X of Swords' and I have so many questions!!

This super-sized first chapter packs so much information it might take a few reads to catch everything. Especially because Apocalypse is involved. I have wondered from the start what his true intentions have been on Krakoa. We saw in 'Excalibur' that he may not have the most purist intentions. Also he's been known to use mutants to his benefit. There are some moments in this first chapter that surprised me. I haven't seen him in this state before so it intrigues me what his role will be.

One standout is Saturnyne. She reminds me a lot of Emma Frost from when Emma first appeared in 'Uncanny X-Men' all sassy and overconfident. There are also several moments in this first chapter that had me wondering what Saturnyne is up too. The tarot aspect of this story also really intrigues me. 

We get some lesser seen mutants highlighted in this first chapter. Though I'm a bit sad what they have done with Banshee. Since 'Dawn of X' has started I've been hoping to see him. Banshee is one of my all-time favorites. It was exciting to see him but they put him out of commission so quick. Yes it gave a reason to motivate Siryn into being apart of this, but I'd rather Banshee. Getting more Havok though is always a plus. Maybe this will be the story that finally gives him his redemption. 

This story also had some moments that really got me questioning everything. I don't want to spoil anything but I think space could actually be the next place for the mutants to conquer. There is something they unlock that was really interesting. Could they take it over? That would cause more friction with the humans if they do.

Let's talk about art. Why isn't Pepe Larraz on the x-books permanently!?? This art is exceptional! Wow, each page is just a delight. The story is so complex and the art is just as complex. There is so much drama infused into every page. I can't get over just how beautiful this book is!

Overall 'X of Swords' shocks, awes, intrigues and inspires. It's a dense story with such a visual delight. If the next 21 chapters holds this level of momentum, it will be an exhilarating ride!

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