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Review: X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1

X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1

I’ve been generally down on the X books since the Hickman relaunch. Gone were the stories of individuals who, despite hatred by so many, stood up to be heroes. They were flawed. They dealt with adversity and hate. And, they often sacrificed themselves to triumph (only to come back later). The new direction for the X-Men was one of nationalism, where death was overcome, and in that, any tension. Where was the excitement when you could throw in your heavy hitters, watch them die, then just bring them back in a religious fervor. These weren’t heroes fighting for equality, these were incredibly powerful individuals who saw themselves as something more, often saying they looked down on humanity. In their cheating of death, they lost their souls and became corrupted. X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 explores that corruption as Nightcrawler continues his search for a mutant “way”.

Written by Si Spurrier, X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 is a continuation of Way of X. Nightcrawler is front and center as so many pieces of the puzzle laid out since the reboot come together. It takes what feels like it should have been an “event” and compacts it to a one-shot comic. That’s impressive in many ways but also creates a read that feels a bit rushed and whose reveals never quite deliver a punch.

Onslaught has corrupted Krakoa and its various processes, building its power and growing. Nightcrawler has gathered a team to stop it and while doing so, also come up with a vision for mutantkind. This isn’t one of supremacy, it’s one of improvement and defense. Nightcrawler has attempted to bring the X-books back to their roots, planting their foot in the side of equality and positivity.

X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 in many ways feels like a repudiation of the X-books of late. It takes on the nationalism and religious fervor that has permeated the reboot. It squarely challenges the “death cult” attitude the series has taken. It admits that the X-Men have lost their “soul”. It’s an interesting build up and for those who felt something was “off” in the reboot, these last few months have played out that we were correct. There was something insidious at the root of it all. But, the shift has begun to return the X-Men to fight for everyone and do what’s right for all, not just their nation.

What’s really interesting about X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 is how much it adds to Fabian Cortez who plays a key role. He’s a character who you could tell there was plans for since his return but always was the sad trombone. This issue puts him front and center in many ways and creates depth for the character that was missing. What was a spoiled rich brat has some pathos we can empathize with and understand his views and actions.

The art by Bob Quinn is interesting. There’s some truly amazing panels and pages are mixed with some just less so. Character designs which should inspire and be jaw-dropping feel like let downs. It’s an issue full of ups and downs visually and never quite hits the reader like it should. Java Tartaglia provides the color with lettering by Clayton Cowles and overall, the colors pop, the lettering adds an ominous feel, but the pencils and page layouts themselves never totally click. Scenes of what should feel like near carnality breaking out feels like a rave in Zion. The tension is built but never quite visually gets there. The designs within Legion’s mind are great but are never memorable.

X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 is the end of one chapter setting up the next. There’s some interesting concepts within and a meta take on the X-books up to this point. It charts a new series to come hinting at a potentially fun team throwing up a lot of question. It most importantly feels like a “you were right” for all who felt something was off about the current X-Men and direction.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: Bob Quinn
Color: Java Tartaglia Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Tom Muller
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1

X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $4.99

YOU HAVE STRAYED FROM THE WAY OF X. THE ONSLAUGHT IS UPON YOU!
• The X-Men’s greatest foe, mutantkind’s primal evil, slithers in the minds of its most senior leaders…
• The kids whisper of the CRUCI-BALL: a party to end all parties. A party to end everything.
• The seals are broken, the trumpets have sounded; only a small band of eccentric mutants can hope to break the fall…
• Can Nightcrawler light the spark that will drive out the shadows… or will Krakoa slip into the abyss…?

X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1

Who Will Be the New Sorcerer Supreme?

Debuting later this month, Death of Doctor Strange will tell the final saga in the life of Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme! Written by Jed MacKay with art by Lee Garbett, this five-issue epic will not only deal with the complex mystery behind Strange’s murder, but also introduce the dangerous mystical and other-dimensional threats that will be unleashed in his absence. Who has the skills and command over the mystic arts to save the Marvel Universe? Find out in December’s Death of Doctor Strange #4 where a hero will step up to resume the duties of the Sorcerer Supreme!

Also coming in December will be two new one-shots dealing with the impact Doctor Strange’s death has on the wider Marvel Universe.

Writer Danny Lore and artist Dylann Burnett explore the consequences for Marvel’s vampire community in Death of Doctor Strange: Blade. A long time ago, Doctor Strange destroyed every vampire in the world with one spell, including Dracula. Now, with Strange dead, Dracula’s Vampire Nation celebrates! That doesn’t sit too well with Strange’s old friend, and new Vampire Nation sheriff, Blade the Vampire Hunter! But what happens when interlopers from another dimension invade the vamp’s territory and put all the bloodsuckers’ lives at risk? Will Blade do his duty to protect them? Or will he help make sure the vamps stay wiped out this time?

And mutant masterminds writer Si Spurrirer and Bob Quinn reunite in Death of Doctor Strange: X-Men/Black Knight, a crossover issue that will pick up on the aftermath of Spurrier’s critically acclaimed Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade series and recent developments in the world of the X-Men. All manner of vile extradimensional foes are invading Earth following the collapse of Doctor Strange’s magical safeguards for the planet. Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, and his daughter Jacks, now sharing the burden of the Ebony Blade with her father, ride off to confront a terrible evil attacking London – the X-MEN?! Krakoa’s greatest heroes have been transformed – but by what?! Jacks, Dane and Faiza Hussain – wielder of the mighty sword Excalibur – must team up to save the X-Men before an even deadlier threat destroys them all!

Be there on December 22 when a new Sorcerer Supreme rises in Death of Doctor Strange #4!

Preview: Way of X #5

Way of X #5

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 18, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THIS IS THE WAY!
• What happens when the third law of Krakoa is broken?
• What happens when all other solutions have failed?
• What happens when Nightcrawler finally finds the Way?

Way of X #5

Early Preview: Cable Reloaded

Cable Reloaded

(W) Al Ewing (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Stefano Caselli (VCA) Rob Liefeld
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $4.99

THE BIG GUN IS BACK!
It’s a new era, in a new galaxy, that’s under siege from a deadly new threat…but you can still rely on one man. Cable is locked, loaded and landing on the deadliest planet in X-history – to steal the ultimate weapon…and stop the LAST ANNIHILATION!

Cable Reloaded

Preview: Way of X #4

Way of X #4

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

KILL NO MAN!
(BUT SOME EXCEPTIONS MAY APPLY)
• Nightcrawler must act fast to avoid catastrophe as the laws of Krakoa (and physics) are tested to their limits.
• Also: a nice family bonding sesh with no violent repercussions.
• Just kidding. This is Xavier vs. Legion in a boozed-up Tiki bar, with the sanity of mutantkind at stake.

Way of X #4

Dormammu Lays Siege in The Last Annihilation

In yesterday’s action-packed Guardians of the Galaxy #15, fans finally learned that the dark threat behind the upcoming cosmic crossover “The Last Annihilation” is none other than Dormammu, Lord of the Dark Dimension! The dreaded Doctor Strange adversary has merged with Ego the Living Planet and plans to use his powerful magical abilities to conquer space, forcing the galaxy to unite like never before. The saga will kick off on July 21st in Guardians of the Galaxy #16 where Dormammu’s endless army of Mindless Ones will put the new lineup of Guardians to the test. The crossover will continue in Ewing’s space-based X-Men title S.W.O.R.D. in an issue that will see Storm face one of her first challenges as the newly appointed Queen of Sol.

“The Last Annihilation” will also spin out into a series of one-shots, each focusing on a different corner of the galaxy as Dormammu unleashes his evil across space. Al Ewing will team up with artist Bob Quinn in Cable: Reloaded #1, featuring the highly-anticipated return of classic Cable who will lead a band of mutants on a mission to retrieve a dangerous weapon that’s deeply rooted in X-Men history. When Black Panther enlists the help of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda in the war against Dormammu, a new hero rises in The Last Annihilation: Wakanda by writer Evan Narcisse and artist Germán Peralta. And writer Anthony Oliveira nd artist Jan Bazaldua will deliver another chapter in the saga of Marvel’s beloved power couple in The Last Annihilation: Wiccan & Hulkling, showcasing the might of the newlywed superheroes as they’re forced to split up to defend planets against Dormammu’s overwhelming forces.

This is what the new Guardians were built to do. But will it be too much? The war to end all wars begins. And not everyone’s going to come home. Check out the fully revealed cover of Guardians of the Galaxy #16 by Brett Booth below along with never-before-seen artwork and a “Last Annihilation” checklist. Guardians of the Galaxy #16 is written by Al Ewing with art by Juan Frigeri, and colors by Federico Blee. And be there for the start of the latest Marvel space epic when “The Last Annihilation” begins on July 21st!

Exclusive Preview: Way of X #3

Way of X #3

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli (VCA) Russell Dauterman, Bob Quinn
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 23, 2021
SRP: $3.99

MAKE MORE MUTANTS.
• It’s the Hellfire Gala hangover.
• Nightcrawler tries to root out the evil working to destroy Krakoa by investigating all its laws, starting with…
• SEXY SAXOPHONE SOLO

Way of X #3

Early Preview: Way of X #3

Way of X #3

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli (VCA) Russell Dauterman, Bob Quinn
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 23, 2021
SRP: $3.99

MAKE MORE MUTANTS.
• It’s the Hellfire Gala hangover.
• Nightcrawler tries to root out the evil working to destroy Krakoa by investigating all its laws, starting with…
• SEXY SAXOPHONE SOLO

Way of X #3

Preview: Way of X #2

Way of X #2

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T+
In Shops: May 19, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A VILLAIN REVEALED!
• The dark force hiding within Krakoa begins to show its true form.
• The answers are hidden…WITHIN THE MINDSCAPE. Kurt’s – and…others.
• One of the most dangerous mutants is reborn!

Way of X #2
Almost American
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