Mutants, morality, and Magneto – welcome to this week in Krakoa. With X-Force #19, SWORD #5, Way Of X #1, and a visit or three to the Women Of Marvel #1 as well. In SWORD #5, we have the revival of Fabian Cortez by The Five, who is here to be mocked. Naked as a revived mutant always is…
…it's less of a ceremonial moment of rebirth when you are suddenly placed in a council with your boss and someone actually called Peeper…
Which might actually do something to distract from Fabian Cortez' actual moral objection to an item of Krakoan lore.
Kill No Human was one of the new laws of Krakoa, one of three enshrined in House Of X #6, though Nightcrawler was more concerned with the Make More Mutants line.
But in today's Way Of X #1, much is on Nightcrawler's mind as he picks up much of what was on his mind in X-Men #7, the issue in which he stated he would start a new mutant religion. And so extracts from his book, which appear in Way Of X…
…were set up in X-Men #7.
And those concerns about the effect of The Crucible, with mutants willing their death to be reborn…
All still present and weighing on Kurt's mind in Way Of X #1
Not the only reprises from X-Men #7 either as fireside chats with Adam X and the Krakoan kids…
…follow on from his X-Men #7 lessons about Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch.
Basically, Way Of X #1 and X-Men #7 should go away and make mutant babies. Just like Nightcrawler wanted. While X-Force #19 has its own moral quandaries about mind invasion. With Quentin Quire exploring his own Omega Mutant unconscious abilities.
Even Jean jokes about killing a resurrecting for spits and giggles. I mean, we presume she's joking, but it is Quentin Quire who seems to die every other panel.
Hey, at least on Krakoa, it's all out in the open, right? Another flashback to House Of X #6…
While Women of Marvel #1 also takes a number of trips to Krakoa, to see how they are doing. Emma Frost has first world problems on Krakoa.
With mutant solutions. Jean Grey has problems, in a floral paradise, with growing a single pot plant.
Maybe she should have words with Doctor Nemesis, who it seems was responsible for the designs of all the flora that gave Krakoa its world's standing.
With Marrow again getting a greater and prominent role in the Marvel X-Men books, one day Marvel will work out just who created her. And Feral, clearly waiting to be Rob Liefeld's next big movie character after Deadpool, Cable and Domino. And as for Way Of X moral issues?
You know, Nightcrawler did actually die and got to Heaven, before being dragged back. But no, if you were looking for snakes, you need to be checking out the Avengers and Ghost Rider titles for Mephisto and Lilith…
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Valerio Schiti
ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK! On Krakoa, Fabian Cortez and the Quiet Council discuss the rules of murder. But in space, the murders have already begun…and the killer has a connection to Cortez he'd never suspect. The color may be gold…but this, my friends…is pure giallo… Rated T+In Shops: Apr 21, 2021 SRP: $3.99
WAY OF X #1
(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
THE WAY TO THE FUTURE OF X! Mutantkind has built a new Eden… but there are serpents in this garden. Some mutants struggle to fit in. Some mutants turn to violence and death. And the children whisper of the Patchwork Man, singing in their hearts…Only one mutant senses the looming shadows. Snared by questions of death, law and love, only NIGHTCRAWLER can fight for the soul of Krakoa. Only he – and the curious crew he assembles – can help mutants defeat their inner-darkness and find a new way to live. The WAY OF X. SI SPURRIER (X-MEN LEGACY) and BOB QUINN (CAPTAIN AMERICA) push the frontiers of Krakoa in this unmissable entry into the bold new REIGN OF X. Rated T+In Shops: Apr 21, 2021 SRP: $4.99
(W) Ben Percy (A) Garry Brown (CA) Joshua Cassara
WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF! The only way to battle the nightmare is on its own turf. Sweet dreams, QUENTIN QUIRE. Parental AdvisoryIn Shops: Apr 21, 2021 SRP: $3.99
WOMEN OF MARVEL #1
(W) Natasha Alterici, More (A) Eleonora Carlini, More (CA) Sara Pichelli
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? YOU ALREADY KNOW. CELEBRATE THE WOMEN OF MARVEL WITH AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF EXTRAORDINARY TALENT! The future is female! Get in on the ground floor with this amazing assembly of writers and artists from all over entertainment. Comics legend Louise Simonson kicks things off with a must-read introduction! Nadia Shammas punches the glass ceiling with the Jade Giantess! Elsa Sjunneson grits her way to the front line with Captain Peggy Carter! Sophie Campbell goes feral with a bone-grinding Marrow story! Video game-and-comics writer Anne Toole makes her Marvel debut in a blaze of glory! Natasha Alterici of Heathen fame charges sword-first into the Marvel Universe! With astonishing art from new and established artists Kei Zama (Transformers, DEATH'S HEAD), Eleonora Carlini (Power Rangers, Batgirl), Skylar Patridge (Resonant, Relics of Youth), Joanna Estep (Fantastic Four, Fraggle Rock) and more, you're sure to come away powered up and ready to slay – in high heels and boots alike. ONE-SHOT/Rated T+In Shops: Apr 21, 2021 SRP: $5.99
I bought my copies 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, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, with an extensive back issue collection and online store. With a new store planned for Watford, if you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.