S.W.O.R.D. #2 Review

by Ryan.L on January 14, 2021

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
It’s only issue two and the series gets dragged into the major event ‘King in Black’ but could this actually be beneficial for the series?
Usually when a series gets pulled into an event either a cross-over or a tie-in to a major event so early in the series inception it can have negative results on the series. It has a tendency to work against the series from finding its groove. Though that being said this event is actually the sort of story that the series seems like it was created to deal with.
I really enjoyed this issue a lot. While I was a bit lost as I’m not following the event, this book still managed to give me enough information to understand what S.W.O.R.D. was planning to do to handle the situation. Though at the same time it does nothing to inform you about what has happened in the event so far. You are sort of just tossed into the deep end expected to swim.
The comedy in this book is outstanding. I am loving the mutants they have chosen to be in this series. The mixture of heroes and villains makes for some very interesting interactions between the characters. Agent Brand has always been one to do what she thinks is best even if it is a little extreme. Having members on her team that are morally questionable definitely means that she will have an easier time talking them into some of her plans.
I definitely applaud Jonathan Hickman and several of his creative teams for the choices of mutants they have made. They really have been giving lesser known mutants a chance to shine. Mentallo in this issue stole the show for me. I can’t wait to read more of him. Fabian Cortez has also been a lot of fun to read. I think that’s another reason this book has so much potential. The team here is mostly of lesser known mutants. Frenzy, Fabian Cortez, Wiz Kid and even Manifold aren’t your A-list mutants. That really opens the door for taking these mutants in new directions and potentially boosting their popularity.
Overall like the previous issue this one was a fantastic read. If you want to not be a little lost when reading this issue, then I recommend Reading the first few issue of the ‘King in Black’ event first. That being said you can still get into this story and fully enjoy reading it without reading the event first. For a tie-in issue this was an action packed thrill ride that is thoroughly exciting and entertaining. 

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