Someone’s hunting the time-trapped original X-Men and their future, and past, is threatened by it. Who’s the hunter and why? Extermination delivers pure action and shakes the X Universe up.
Extermination collects issues #1-5 by Ed Brisson, Pepe Larraz, Marte Graia, Ario Anindito, Dexter Vines, and Erick Arciniega.
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It was new comic book day and we covered every new floppy released on Wednesday! So, we’ve got you covered! It was a rather quiet day still but we scoured the web to get you some news and reviews you can find below!
It was a very quiet day yesterday due to the holiday but we still have two reviews below from around the web for you. So, before the shops open to get today’s new comics, here’s some reviews to keep you busy!
It might be Christmas Eve but we’re not slowing down here! We’ve still got lots of news, reviews, and more to bring you today so stay tuned! While you await that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
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
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!
Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!
Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.
American Carnage #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – The first issue was a solid set up of a former FBI agent who has to go undercover in a white supremacist organization. We’re intrigued and excited by this series and can’t wait to read more.
Black Badge #5 (BOOM! Studios) – One of the best new series this year! Basically, Boy Scouts who are recruited into doing black ops.
Captain America #6 (Marvel) – The first story arc wraps up and its hinted at something big happening. We’ve loved this series and can’t wait to see what’s next.
Dead Man Logan #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and though this seems like on surface another “lets kill a hero and make some money” event, so far, it’s exceeded expectations.
Extermination #5/Infinity Wars #6/Spider-Geddon #5 (Marvel) – These three are on the list for the same reason… We want to know how they end!
Freedom Fighters #1 (DC Comics) – Head to Earth X for superheroes punching Nazis!
Hardcore #1 (Image Comics) – From Image and Skybound this new series written by Andy Diggle with art by Alessandro Vitti is about a program where anyone’s body can be taken over making them into human drones to target the bad guys. Interesting concept. We’re in.
The X-Men are at the end of their rope. If even one of the original five X-Men dies, our future is lost. Jean Grey and the X-Men only have one option left…and it may cost them everything.
With one more issue left and what feels like so much still to go, writer Ed Brisson amps things up with an issue that feels like a rollercoaster ride. Not only do we get tense of action, some aftermath from the previous issue, and a solid explanation of what’s going on, but we get some shocks too. Extermination #4 is what happens when you just go full throttle and able to pack everything in.
The X-Men have had their butts handed to them and things look bleak (don’t they always?). Ahab is on the hunt and we now know the “why” of it all. It makes sense, it involves time travel so it’s clear, and the solution is pretty obvious. There’s even some winks and nods making fun of tropes. We also learn more about the younger Cable who in one issue I went from hating to loving.
Brisson just nails the issue as part of an event and he’s nailed the event as a whole.
Pepe Larraz and Ario Anindito provide the art with Dexter Vines on ink, Erick Arciniega on color, and Joe Sabino on lettering. The art is fantastic. There’s some spreads that I lingered on getting all of the details. The art team are able to pack in lots of information on top of Brisson’s story making what’s said in a few bubbles so much more. Then there’s the action, which is fantastic as always. And the characters all look great too. There isn’t a feel too much is packed in so detail is dropped.
Awesome to read, beautiful to look at, Extermination has exceeded expectations for an event and brought back the awesome to the X-Men. This issue will have folks dissecting what’s revealed for some time and I’m sure this is an issue that’ll be referenced for years to come in various ways. One more issue to go in what is the best X event in years.
The weekend is almost here and we’re heading to Baltimore Comic Con. If you’re there, come find us and say hi! While we wait for the work day to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.