Review: Hellions #1

Hellions #1

Marvel’s new status-quo for the X-Universe has been interesting. It has brought both the heroic and the villainous, and all those in-between, together in one nation. They stand together despite crimes committed, even against each other. It’s a point that’s both intriguing and frustrating. The issues and past are at times mentioned, as well as a distrust and questioning of the decision, but truly addressing things hasn’t happened. Hellions #1 does some of that focusing on a new team, the X-Men’s Suicide Squad in many ways.

Hellions #1 takes us through each team member and their issues and outright crimes committed. These are individuals we are not supposed to like and in some cases hate. They’ve murdered people or are so far gone they make us uncomfortable. It’s a band of villains brought together to be guided by Mr. Sinister. And if they fail, get more villains for the team resurrect them.

The first issue does a solid job setting up the team. Written by Zeb Wells, it follows the usual pattern but does so in entertaining ways. We get our segment with each key character spotlighting why they’re despised. Much is explained, some is just left to “they’re crazy.” Despite the trope-ish introduction, there’s still some that break the usual mold so it’s not quite exactly as expected.

Wells also makes sure to focus on the details of the dialogue. The Quiet Council’s deliberation of what to do with the individuals is some amazing entertainment. It mixes laughter and seriousness. It also shows that this new nation is still making it up as they go and don’t have all of the answers. There’s also an emphasis that the council itself is a bit hypocritical and the line is thin between them and the new Hellions. Wells uses very theatrical and play-like banter to entertain and explore one of the darker sides of Krakoa.

Stephen Segovia‘s art is fantastic. Joined by David Curiel‘s colors, the art is able to deliver action but also dynamic verbal debates. Segovia has no problem breaking panels delivering spreads that are engaging and feel fresh. The lettering by Cory Petit is important as well. It delivers hints as to what might happening with at least one of the new Hellions.

Hellions #1 is a solid debut. It delivers action and a team you want to cheer against. It’s concept isn’t new and we’ve seen it many times before but it’s cast of characters creates such an x-factor it’s hard not to want to see it all go off the rails. It’s one of the better Dawn of X titles and a debut that’ll have you want to check out more.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Stephen Segovia
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Cory Petit Design: Tim Muller
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review