The Quiet Council Collapses Into Chaos In Immortal X-Men #12 

Immortal X-Men #12

Professor X, Emma Frost, Hope Summers, and Exodus are all barred from voting after the events of Sins Of Sinister. Nightcrawler has disappeared and left his vote for Storm. Storm has left both her votes to Colossus. Worst of all Colossus is under the mind control of his evil brother Mikhail Rasputin. What will become of the Quiet Council of Krakoa in Immortal X-Men #12!?

This issue is finally Colossus’s POV issue. It’s picking up the thread from X-Force centering on his mind controlled state. Under the pen of the reality warping Mutant The Chronicler Colossus is stripped of his free will, almost completely the subject of his master’s whims. I say almost completely because we do see that Colossus has limited control. He’s a slave to The Chronicler’s script but he can still try and bend that script in his favor, which mostly manifests in futile cries for help. Writer Kieron Gillen doesn’t conclude Colossus’s plot which surely will continue in X-Force. However, Gillen shines a light on how Colossus fights for control. 

The drama of this issue is akin to the series finale of Succession, it’s the same kind of dramatic tension and manic pacing that made that such an intoxicating finale. In many ways Immortal X-Men #12 is the climax to the building tension in the series, the Quiet Council collapses in what essentially amounts to a coup d’é at an exhilarating pace. 

Lucas Werneck’s art is as much of a delight as ever. Throughout this run, Werneck has done a spectacular job spicing up what’s essentially a political drama. The emotions are striking, each character perfectly posing in every panel. 

Immortal X-Men #12 is a reminder of what a strong series this is. It has startling implications for Krakoa that surely will lead into the Fall Of X come August. Gillen and co craft a fascinating look into the character of Colossus while telling a story of political intrigue and power grabs.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Lucas Werneck
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Tom Muller & Jay Bowen
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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