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Check out all Ten Covers for Inferno #4!

This January, Jonathan Hickman’s transformative work on the X-Men mythos comes to end in Inferno #4. The climactic finale of this highly anticipated limited series will reunite Hickman with artist Valerio Schiti as they team up to put some of mutantkind’s biggest mysteries to rest.

Since the groundbreaking 2019 series House of X and Powers of X, Hickman has reshaped the X-Men franchise and ushered in one of its boldest eras yet. The foundation Hickman built will live on but INFERNO will deliver much anticipated resolutions to some of Krakoa’s long-running plotlines. Fans will see the final outcome to Mystique’s heartbreaking quest to be reunited with Destiny, more revelations from the past lives of Moira MacTaggert, untold secrets behind the very founding of Krakoa, and more all while the unstoppable threat Nimrod finally makes his move. 

Check out covers below by superstar artists including Pepe Larraz, Peach Momoko, Davi Go, Jeff Dekal, Iban Coello, David Baldeón, Oscar Vega, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Udon, and Jerome Opeña and don’t miss Hickman’s epic X-Men swansong when Inferno #4 hits stands on January 5.

Review: Inferno #2

Inferno #2

The first issue of Inferno was a lot of setup and maneuvering by its characters. It was a comic full of politics and not a whole lot of action. But, it set up the conflict to come with a few twists and turns in the start of Jonathan Hickman‘s endgame for his X-Men run. Inferno #2 is much of the same but delivering events from the view of Mystique. How did she return Destiny to the living? How is she manipulating everyone? We get our answers in a fairly satisfying issue.

Much of the issue is from Mystique’s point of view. We get a lot of answers around how she manipulated those around her to not just resurrect Destiny but also to get them to vote the way she wants. While it all makes sense in a way, there’s absolutely some holes in the plot of how she wasn’t detected in her maneuvering but some individuals. They’re minor headscratchers that are best to just roll with.

The issue is an interesting flipside of the coin as we get events from a different perspective. The issue could easily feel like a retread of events but Hickman manages to go beyond repeating the first issue in multiple ways. It moves the plot forward, especially towards the latter part of the issue as we see the pushback from Professor X, Magneto, and Moira as they attempt to figure out how they were outmaneuvered and what to do.

The art by Stefano Caselli is fantastic. With color by David Curiel and lettering by Joe Sabino there’s a beautiful stiffness to it all. The issue has some emotion but it’s mostly political maneuvers. There’s a lack of action but still a sense of gravitas and maturity about it all. The art perfectly captures it all in a “All the King’s Men” sort of way.

Inferno #2 is interesting as it feels like it has more in common with The West Wing than it does traditional X-Men comics. This is one of thinking and continued setup as the pieces of the puzzle come together for the final action that’s to come. After such a setup, what’s two more issues. Inferno #2 might seem like a bit of a bore but the interaction of the characters is impressive showing the X-Men as a political drama without the action might be more interesting than a showing of its flashy powers.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Stefano Caselli
Color: David Curiel Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Inferno #1 (of 4)

Inferno #1 (of 4)

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jerome Opena
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $5.99

THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN’S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
“There will be an island-not the first, but the last…” Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI… as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.

Inferno #1 (of 4)

Review: Inferno #1

A lot of Inferno #1 is a table-setting tease, but boy, it’s nice to see Moira X back in action and in direct confrontation with the one mutant that can negate her abilities and quash her plans, Destiny. Jonathan Hickman, Valerio Schiti, and David Curiel bring a small semblance of the epic thunder of House of X and Powers of X back in the high stakes arguments between Moira, Professor X, and Magneto as well as a brutal opening battle sequence between X-Force and Orchis. Plus there’s all the underlying elements about Krakoa being on thin ice culminating in a not exactly a shocker of a final sequence, but a statement piece that definitely has me invested in Inferno #2.

For all its flaws, Inferno is a book that is both time-spanning and cloak and dagger, and Schiti is good artist pick to juggle all this. He can use wide open layouts for fight and group scenes and then trim down and go tighter with nine panel grids as Mystique and Destiny confront Moira X and the use of her abilities to try to “cure” mutants once and for all. This storyline is something that has definitely popped up in X-Men stories quite a bit, but Hickman adds a SF wrinkle with the use of multiple timelines and reincarnation abilities. There’s also the failed utopia angle, and the last third of Inferno features plenty of hot people with superpowers acting like academics on a subcommittee with Madripoor substituting for the local watering hole. However, this awkwardness sells the last couple pages even more with Valerio Schiti nailing every Quiet Council member’s reaction to their new member.

Inferno #1’s extended length leads to plenty of Jonathan Hickman self-indulgence, including double data page spreads, a Warlock and Cypher interlude that might be Krakoa’s last happy moment before everything burns, and very long conversations. All the Orchis/Quiet Council maneuvering aside, Inferno is really the story of two couples: Xavier and Magneto, Destiny and Mystique. They are joined together via Moira X and set at cross purposes by her with Destiny seeing Moira’s real threat in her tenth life (The aforementioned cure). On the other hand, Moira sets Xavier and Magneto against Destiny and says she’s a threat to Krakoan stability, which leads them to do some very morally questionable things. This is par for the course in the “Dawn of X”/”Reign of X” era, their characters in general, and definitely backfires as evidenced by the issue’s first image of them crawling out of resurrection pods before a Cerebro-rocking Emma Frost. This page is a shining example of how Inferno #1 is more appetizer than full meal.

The Xavier/Magneto scenes definitely feel like they could be plucked from the better parts of Hickman’s X-Men run and also showcase Schiti’s skill with character acting. David Curiel also ups the intensity of the colors depending on the flow of conversation. Moira X is Krakoa’s ringer, and why they keep attacking Orchis over and over even as this starts to expose the resurrection protocols to their enemies. As anyone who has interacted with X-Men media knows, Sentinels are bad, and mutants are good. But after the double digit failures in taking out Nimrod, Magneto and Xavier start to wonder if a partnership with these machines might be a good idea. Unfortunately, Moira X has seen the future and knows this isn’t a viable path and directs their energies to a pre-cognitive mutant instead. Schiti draws panels of them sabotaging the resurrection process with close-up shots of Mr. Sinister (Or a clone) and Krakoan language vials that scream death of a utopia.

However, Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti keep things ambiguous and basically smash cut to the election of a new Captain Commander and the ending Quiet Council meeting saving the consequences for a future issue. Sneaky, morally ambiguous Xavier and Magneto is a great time though even as they speak about humility and posture about resigning their positions of leadership and letting a new generation take over. It’s unclear how Inferno fits with Trial of Magneto, but these are two mutants that definitely don’t seem to be relinquishing power any time soon, hence, the shady shit with Moira X.

Inferno #1 returns to one of the most interesting plot threads from House of X/Powers of X: Moira MacTaggert being one of the most powerful mutants, who also acts as a kind of meta-commentary on the ideological evolution of the X-Men. (I can take or leave the Orchis stuff.) She has plenty of panel time in this issue, but it’s all set up for future conflicts that will hopefully shake Krakoa at its core and end Hickman’s run on the mutant books in a suitably dramatic fashion. For now, there’s a lot of speeches, posturing, and everyone’s favorite, data pages.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Valerio Schiti
Colors: David Curiel Letters: Joe Sabino
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Inferno #1 (of 4)

Inferno #1 (of 4)

(W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Jerome Opena
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $5.99

THE CULMINATION OF JONATHAN HICKMAN’S X-MEN BEGINS HERE!
“There will be an island-not the first, but the last…” Promises were made and broken. The rulers of Krakoa have been playing a dangerous game with a dangerous woman, and they are about to see how badly that can burn them. Mastermind of the X-Men JONATHAN HICKMAN brings his plans to a head, joined by an incredible lineup of artists beginning with VALERIO SCHITI… as one woman follows through on her promise to burn the nation of Krakoa to the ground.

Inferno #1 (of 4)

Marvel Unlimited Gets a Boost with New Exclusive Comics and Upgrades

Marvel Unlimited

Marvel has revealed after days of teasing that Marvel Unlimited is getting some updates, a new look, as well as new exclusive comics.

Taking a queue from popular webcomics like Webtoons, Marvel has launched “Infinity Comics“. The new comics are designed for phones and tablets and are exclusive to Marvel Unlimited. New issues will drop every week and features creators like Jonathan Hickman and Skottie Young. Hickman is writing X-Men Unlimited with Young taking on Giant-Size Little Marvels.

This a big focus of Marvel’s with the launch of 27 comics available today and a plan for 100 by the end of the year. While other publishers have partnered with popular platforms, Marvel seems to be taking a different path and keeping things “in house”.

“Infinity Comics” will also be in-universe which opens up a world of possibilites. Will key events happen in these comics? The move echoes Marvel Studios’ move of integrating their big screen theatrical releases with their Disney+ show releases forcing die-hard fans to subscribe and keep up with everything.

Beyond new comics, there’s also updates to the platform.

  • Unlimited Downloads – you can now download as many comics as you’d like for off-line reading. The previous limit was 12 issues. You can also now save an entire series with just one tap instead of issue by issue
  • Follow Characters, Series, and Creators – It’s now easier to follow what you enjoy
  • Loyalty Program – this is now integrated into the app making it easier to earn points by doing tasks liek starting and finishing comics

Marvel Unlimited currently features over 29,000 comics for $9.99 a month or $69 a year. For $99 you get a year subscription and a membership kit and other perks.

Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men Run Concludes with Inferno #4

This December, Jonathan Hickman’s transformative work on the X-Men universe comes to end in Inferno #4. The climactic finale of this highly anticipated limited series will reunite Hickman with artist Valerio Schiti as they team up to put some of mutantkind’s biggest mysteries to rest.

Since the groundbreaking 2019 series House of X and Powers of X, Hickman has reshaped the X-Men franchise and ushered in one of its boldest eras yet. The foundation Hickman built will live on but INFERNO will deliver much anticipated resolutions to some of Krakoa’s long-running plotlines including Mystique’s heartbreaking quest to be reunited with Destiny. And fans can also expect more revelations from the past lives of Moira MacTaggert all while the unstoppable threat Nimrod finally makes his move. 

Check out Jerome Opeña’s cover below and don’t miss Hickman’s epic X-Men swansong when Inferno #4 hits stands this December.

Inferno #4

Mutantkind Faces a Fiery Destiny in the Inferno Trailer

On September 29, the X-Men’s world will go up in flames in Inferno #1! Crafted by writer Jonathan Hickman, this four-issue limited series will serve as the climactic finale of Hickman’s bold X-Men era that began with 2019’s transformative House of X and Powers of X. Hickman will team up with a different superstar artist on each giant-sized issue, starting with Valerio Schiti, known for his acclaimed work on titles such as S.W.O.R.D. and Empyre.

A high-stakes mutant drama, Inferno will provide the startling payoff to long-running plotlines including Mystique’s quest to be reunited with Destiny, startling shakeups to the Quiet Council, and the looming threat of Nimrod. Alliances will be broken, secrets will be revealed, and the once-bright future of mutantkind will be endangered like never before. Fans can get their first look at this revelatory saga in the all-new Inferno trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork.

A day of reckoning is upon mutantkind. Be there for this game-changing story when Inferno #1 hits stands on September 29 with colors by David Curiel and a cover by Jerome Opeña!

Comic Creators Head to Substack Joining Transphobes and Alt-Right…

Numerous comic creators announced their shift to Substack today in what seems like a coordinated move to make a splash. Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ram V., Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Al Ewing, Molly Knox Ostertag, and more all had various splashes and approaches to the paid newsletter platform. Tynion is going so far to step away from his writing gig on DC Comics’ Batman. More creator announcements are coming.

Substack is similar to Patreon where subscribers pay for different tiers and in this case receive chapters of comics to consume. In Snyder’s case, he’ll be providing a Comic Writing 101 interactive class through the platform. Our understanding is creators will then publish the comics in print down the road though those details have not been released.

While new avenues for distribution and revenue for comic creators is great, each of these creators have a question they need to answer:

Why are they ok working on a platform that not only has allowed transphobia and alt-right indeology to flourish but also has possibly courted it?

In June, Substack’s move into comics was released where it was revealed that Nick Spencer would lead the project. Spencer himself has courted controversy in numerous ways with things blowing up when Spencer and Marvel turned Captain America into a Hydra fascist (aka Nazi allegory).

Substack has had a lot of issues being charged with enabling bigotry. It has become a haven for alt-right individuals and alt-right adjacent regressive attitudes. Any comic creator who takes part in this will should be pressed on the controversy. You can read about it here, here, here, and here.

To quote from one:

Substack denies that it plays an editorial role, maintaining that the writers are solely responsible for what they create — and declining to meaningfully moderate the content published by those writers — but it’s nonetheless begun to look very much like a publication, and that publication has a clear stance against trans rights.

The platform claims neutrality and that it doesn’t play an editorial role but it’s also clearly courting individuals for their editorial content and lets face it, controversy sells.

While the concept of “micro comics” through a newsletter is nothing new, Substack’s willingness to buy talent is. Creators will have to decide if they’re willing to accept money from a company that has so far built itself partially on hate.

No mutant can be trusted in Jonathan Hickman’s upcoming X-Men epic, Inferno, on sale in September!

The X-Men’s world is about to go up in flames! Alliances will be broken, secrets will be revealed, and the once bright future of mutantkind will be threatened like never before in writer Jonathan Hickman’s upcoming limited series, Inferno. The next chapter in the mastermind writer’s grand vision for the X-Men, Inferno promises to be a high-stakes mutant drama that will provide the startling payoff to seeds planted in House of X and Powers of X, and fans can see what’s to come in new teasers by acclaimed Powers of X artist R.B. Silva. An homage to the original house ads for 1989’s milestone X-Men crossover Inferno, Silva’s artwork presents all the major players of the upcoming saga and teases the day of reckoning that will soon be upon them.

All three of Silva’s images will also be available as a special homage cover for Inferno #1. Check out the teasers now and be there when the shocking revelations begin in Inferno #1 on September 29th! Written by Hickman, it features art by Valerio Schiti, and a main cover by Jerome Opeña.

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