Mutant Warning: Don't Die On Otherworld (X-Factor #4 Spoilers)

X-Factor #4 spoiler warnings ahead. In the first issue of X Of Swords: Creation #1 , we saw the death of Rockslide. But hey, you know, these are the House Of X books now, where mutant death is just a setback, to be resurrected back on Krakoa with your last save point. It's all good.

Mutant Warning: Don't Die On Otherworld (X-Factor #4 Spoilers)
Art from X Of Swords: Creation.

And with this knowledge, the upcoming Otherworld challenges against all the fiefdoms including Krakoa and Arakko seemed even more like a computer game. As the stakes just weren't high. But reviving Otherworld, they seemed to hit a snag. Not only was there a Krakoa blackout… but what came back wasn't Rockslide.

Mutants, Don't Die On Otherworld, Or Else
X-Factor #4 artwork.

A corrupted Rockslide. A change Rockslide. Not the Rockslide they went into Otherworld with.

Mutants, Don't Die On Otherworld, Or Else
X-Factor #4 artwork.

What comes back is just a different version of the revived mutant, formed from parallel versions of the person, and infecting the backup versions, so that the original person is lost entirely. A real death – but also a renewal. Coming back to life after being killed in Otherworld is like a box of chocolates.

Mutants, Don't Die On Otherworld, Or Else
X-Factor #4 artwork.

It looks like the stakes have been raised one more time. Still could be worse, he could have gone for body modifications instead.

Mutants, Don't Die On Otherworld, Or Else
Fantastic Four #24 artwork.

Nice duds, Franklin. I wonder if you will wear them as the Sun God fighting against Knull and Void?

(W) Leah Williams (A) Carlos E. Gomez (CA) Ivan Shavrin
Death and rebirth. Corruption. A dark discovery.
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(W) Dan Slott (A) Paco Medina (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Hey, remember that time Iceman replaced the Human Torch as a member of the Fantastic Four? No? Well, Johnny Storm sure remembers! And now it's time to let everybody else in on the secret of the Fantastic Four story we were never supposed to talk about!
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I bought mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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