Review: Extermination #5

Extermination #5

It all ends here!!! The original five X-Men have taken the fight back to Ahab…but at what cost? Who lives? Who dies? The X-Men will never be the same again.

This is it, the end to the latest X epic as Ahab continues to press his fight against the X-Men. Things look desperate as members are turned into Hounds. And, lets face it, there’s a lot to wrap here. For years now, the original X-Men have been stuck in modern times and that has left so many questions out there. Do they get back? How? Do they remember? That’s all answered here.

Writer Ed Brisson not only wraps up so huge plot questions with this event but also sets up what’s to come for years. Extermination #5 really shakes things up delivering an excellent action packed story. And, it’s ending is satisfying. While much of it is predictable, it still wraps up what is a mess for continuity nicely.

The issue hits the right beats delivering so much so nicely in an issue that packs a solid punch. There’s death. There’s time travel. There’s so much that makes the X-Men the X-Men. And Brisson makes sure to deliver numerous small moments that matter (if the Iceman talking to Iceman doesn’t touch you a little…).

Pepe Larraz with color by Marte Gracia and lettering by Joe Sabino deliver on the art. This issue has a lot packed in with a hell of a lot of characters and the art team is focused on what to emphasize. The detail is where it needs to be and small details add so much. And the moments that need pop have exactly that. The art gives you that hell yeah punch.

This event delivers in wrapping up years of plot lines, and messy time travel plot lines at that. It also sets up some twists with one saying holy crap and one not expected to be in this issue, but expected due to solicitations. X events have been hit and miss for years but this is one that delivers in every way and that includes this final issue.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Pepe Larraz
Color: Marte Gracia Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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