X-Men #16 Review

by Ryan.L on December 30, 2020

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Phil Noto
Colorist: VC's Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics

It's election time!

In the aftermath of 'X of Swords' the mutants push forward. They look to unite Arakko and Krakoa. Also there is need of a team to fight for the mutants. The X-Men will unite, but who will be on this new team? The mutants will decide with their own general election.

This issue was an interesting one. While it had a slow start it really got me interested by the end. This idea of the mutants holding an election to vote in the members of the new X-Men team is really intriguing. There are so many options and we all have our favorites that we would like to see. One thing though is clear, Jonathan Hickman and his team have proved great at selecting dynamic mutants to fill up the various teams. An election gives a chance for lesser known mutants from all over to potentially make the team. Especially since many of the main a-list mutants are already on teams.

This issue also showed us some potential problems with Arakko. Will this island pose as a threat or will they come together with Krakoa harmoniously? They have been a nation for so long and have their own governing body. The seeds have somewhat been set for a sort of adversarial relationship sort of like the United States and Russia. Which could pose as an interesting conflict for mutants on the world stage. This also opens the floodgates for creative teams to create new characters at a whim.

Overall this issue was slow but pretty enjoyable. It asked a lot of questions and set up several future plots for the book to head down. 'Reign of X' has officially begun. 

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