The X Of Swords crossover event so far has seen a variety of Krakoa and X-Men-related folk gather very specific swords from around the Earth, to ready themselves for battle again their opposite members from Arakko, following the instructions and predictions of Saturnyne and Otherworld. During which, we have learned more of the history of Arakko, Okkara, Apocalypse, his first Horsemen, and the many fiefdoms of Otherworld, beyond the usual Avalon.
With parallels between Krakoan and Arrakoan clear. As well as a Wolverine, they even have a Doug Ramsey. Now, with all their swords. assembled, they are ready to fight. And as each issue so far has seen a different mutant gather a different sword, one might believe that the next ten issues will see a different sword fight in each. Which sounds a little samey. But today's X Of Swords: Stasis #1 suggests that it's not going to be that at all.
So the swords were just the way in – a key to the challenge. A slight amount of effort to make it this far. And so the battles between Krakoan and Arrakoan will be very different indeed. No less deadly, of course. But it's not just going to be two hundred pages of thrust, parry, feint…
X OF SWORDS STASIS #1
(W) Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman (A) Mahmud Asrar (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
X OF SWORDS, PART 11
A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.
Rated T+In Shops: Oct 28, 2020 SRP: $4.99
The next chapters, potentially featuring the first battles, will be next week with Marauders #14 and X-Men #14.
MARAUDERS #14 XOS
(W) Gerry Duggan, Ben Percy (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Russell Dauterman
A toast. A dance. A dinner served: Part I
Rated T+In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
X-MEN #14 XOS
(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Mahmud Asrar (A/CA) Leinil Francis Yu
The Lovers. A Garden. A chasm of secrets.
Rated T+In Shops: Nov 04, 2020 SRP: $3.99
I bought my comics this week 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.