Way of X #1 Review

by Ryan.L on April 21, 2021

Writer: Si Spurrier
Artist: Bob Quinn
Colorist: Java Tartaglia
Publisher: Marvel Comics

There is darkness beneath the paradise of Krakoa.

This was a very interesting oversized issue. While there was still a bit of fun and whimsy to this book, it takes on a lot more of a darker tone. We see the negative side to the resurrection process, and what having nothing but paradise can do to a nation.

Through the eyes of Nightcrawler we see all of this and more as he contemplates faith, duty, and the world around him. There is also someone the young mutants calling the patchwork man, and he stalks the island or is he just a legend? We find out more in this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I had my problems with it as well. More so the realistic portrayal of the mutants on the island. Some of the slang they have come up with is very negative towards non mutants and the great pretender as they call her. It made me a bit uncomfortable the way they talked. I would have figured a community trying to be better would be just that, better. But this book really shows that they are no different than the people they now seem to turn their noses up at.

We also see how the young mutants take a lot of what the mutants have accomplished for granted. They seemingly have no worries and goad eachother to do stupid things. This puts a strain on the processes put in place by the Quiet Council. I can see this becoming an even bigger problem if it's not dealt with soon.

I found there is a harshness to the society the mutants have created, and it's somewhat uneasy to see when it's so blatantly portrayed in this book. But I applaud the creative team for giving us this look into the darker side. Many of the other books really play off the paradise aspect and to see that things aren't all sunshine and rainbows is refreshing and brings another dynamic to the mutant side of the Marvel Universe.

Overall this book is a stark look at the consequences of the ways of X. Taking us on that journey through the eyes of Nightcrawler was a genius idea. This book pulls no punches and is sure to reveal many secrets some don't want to see the light of day.

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