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Preview: Legion of X #3

Legion of X #3

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Dike Ruan
RATED T+
In Shops: Jul 06, 2022
SRP: $3.99

TO BE MAD IS TO BE DIVINE!
An Arakkii fugitive god is lurking somewhere in the shadows of Krakoa, and Weaponless Zsen must track them down or face destruction at the hands of the terrifying Ora Serrata. After hitting a number of dead ends, Zsen and Nightcrawler turn to the astral plane for answers. Meanwhile, Pixie lures the Skinjacker out of hiding with the help of Juggernaut and…Dr. Strange?!

Legion of X #3

Preview: Legion of X #2

Legion of X #2

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Dike Ruan
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 08, 2022
SRP: $3.99

GOD FOR SALE!
LEGION is offered an unholy deal by MOTHER RIGHTEOUS, wheeler-dealer of the astral plane. But is the price worth the prize for a young man stuck in his father’s shadow?
Meanwhile, the Skinjacker grows bold. Not content with stealing identities of other mutants, he turns his powers on the Legion of X…
And while newly arrived Arakki badass WEAPONLESS ZSEN has a beastly clash with a dangerous X-Man, her chaperone NIGHTCRAWLER is otherwise engaged – giving a massage…?

Legion of X #2

Preview: Legion of X #1

Legion of X #1

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Dike Ruan
RATED T+
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $4.99

SI SPURRIER AND JAN BAZALDUA BRING PEACE, LOVE AND JUSTICE TO KRAKOA!
Krakoa has its laws – but does it have justice? To remain a mutant sanctuary, Krakoa must safeguard itself against those who would damage its peace or traumatize its people. The lost must be found, and the wicked must face redemption – or retribution.

It’s up to the ever-soulful swashbuckler NIGHTCRAWLER to keep the spark alive and LEGION to host his unique team in the psychedelic mindspace called THE ALTAR. With PIXIE on point, JUGGERNAUT as a one-man riot squad and a host of X-favorites on the beat, the LEGION OF X will do anything to protect mutants’ right to pursue happiness and hope.

Kicking off with a hunt for a missing Arakkii god and a skinjacker possessing innocent mutants, read this issue and come meet WEAPONLESS ZSEN, ORA SERRATA…and a villain worth praying for. The DESTINY OF X bares it heart and soul right here!

Legion of X #1

Review: Legion of X #1

Legion of X #1

With Krakoa being a nation, some law and order must exist for it to survive. A nation of individuals with often times immeasurable power could easily get out of hand and things do happen. Who will enforce that order? Enter Nightcrawler and his Legionnaires (yes, that’s used). Legion of X #1 kicks off a new focus on that aspect to Krakoa, who watches the… mutants. It’s a police procedural mixed with spandex for a start that’s full of potential.

Written by Si Spurrier, Legion of X #1 is a decent start. It introduces us to the “laws” and vision that Nightcrawler and Legion have. It also sets up around 4 or so different plotlines and cases for characters to enjoy. It also both narrows down the cast while keeping the possibilities open for an interesting rotation of characters.

It does all of that well and does so in a way that’s entertaining. There’s a nice mix of seriousness and humor that the comic never feels too heavy and weighted down. A murder suspect is balanced by a mutant whose power is that people forget who he is. That’s played out over and over to a point it becomes groan inducing and then becomes funny again. There’s also a lot of focus on Nightcrawler’s case which ropes in Arakko, and interesting situation for that new society to fall under the arm of the “law” of Krakoa.

And Arakko is what stands out about the comic. There’s levels of thought and detail into that society that feels like it hasn’t been discussed. There’s a clear division between the mutant nations and one looks down on the other, or is at least perceived to. This potential is huge. It’s been danced around in other comics but here, it’s front and center.

The art by Jan Bazaldua is solid. Federico Blee’s color stands out and Clayton Cowles provides the lettering. The comic bounces between the real world and Legion’s created one with two styles that are very different but work so well together. Blee’s colors really stand out in the astral world Legion has created. Bazaldua also packs in a lot of characters into the issue making it all feel very lived in and busy.

Legion of X #1 is an interesting start. It has a lot of potential and hopefully as it focuses in on each plotline things get more intriguing. It fills a niche that’s needed in the world of X and the conflict to come hinted at should keep things very interesting.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: Jan Bazaldua
Color: Federico Blee Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7.35 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fox and Hare #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

Barb and The Ghost Blade (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) – We loved the first volume that had Barb kicking butt and trying to save her friends and family. Now she has a crew and they must infiltrate the monster capital, and find Franny Fire Fingers, who they hope will lead them to the Wise Wizards and the power to fight Witch Head.

Batman: Fortress #1 (DC Comics) – It looks like a global attack and Superman is missing. Batman must lead the charge in response. A solid first issue that builds on the unknown.

DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1 (DC Comics) – A key issue for those reading the series. It feels like the transition from the first half of the series to the second.

Devil’s Reign: Omega #1 (Marvel) – It feels like forever since this even wrapped up but this issue delivers what the final issue didn’t, teases of what’s next!

Fox and Hare #1 (Vault Comics) – After a lot of anticipation the first issue is here and we can’t wait to check out the series about a mega corporation that wanrs its data back from a black market coder. The art looks awesome!

Hellboy & the BPRD: Night of the Cyclops (Dark Horse Comics) – We’re always fans of Hellboy one-shots that you can pick up and just enjoy. It’s like a dime store pulp novel in comic form.

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue surprised us as a celebration of Image but not the past, what is and what will be. We’re hoping for more of that and the series highlighting the publisher’s potentially bright future.

The Killer: Affairs of the State #4 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – The series has been a fantastic spy/crime series that leaves readers with something to ponder after every issue.

Land of the Living Gods #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been fantastic giving us an apocalyptic story that has a great attention to small details that makes it stand out.

Legion of X #1 (Marvel) – Who will police Krakoa and help pursue happiness and hope? Legion of X!

My Little Pony #1 (IDW Publishing) – Spinning out of the Netflix movie, we’re interested in seeing how the series transitions and who it’s focused on as far as readers.

The Naughty List #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue had a lot of humor but this Santa goes on a revenge trip also had a lot of heart too.

Past the Last Mountain #3 (CEX Publishing) – This world about monsters running to freedom after interment delivers a lot to think about.

Spectro (AfterShock) – Juan Doe, nuff said.

Wolf Never Sleeps Vol. 1 (Yen Press) – The manga debut has a feel that’s much more traditional fantasy. While a bit slow, it’s a solid start that has us excited to read more.

Preview: Legion of X #1

Legion of X #1

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Jan Bazaldua (CA) Dike Ruan
RATED T+
In Shops: May 25, 2022
SRP: $4.99

SI SPURRIER AND JAN BAZALDUA BRING PEACE, LOVE AND JUSTICE TO KRAKOA!
Krakoa has its laws – but does it have justice? To remain a mutant sanctuary, Krakoa must safeguard itself against those who would damage its peace or traumatize its people. The lost must be found, and the wicked must face redemption – or retribution.

It’s up to the ever-soulful swashbuckler NIGHTCRAWLER to keep the spark alive and LEGION to host his unique team in the psychedelic mindspace called THE ALTAR. With PIXIE on point, JUGGERNAUT as a one-man riot squad and a host of X-favorites on the beat, the LEGION OF X will do anything to protect mutants’ right to pursue happiness and hope.

Kicking off with a hunt for a missing Arakkii god and a skinjacker possessing innocent mutants, read this issue and come meet WEAPONLESS ZSEN, ORA SERRATA…and a villain worth praying for. The DESTINY OF X bares it heart and soul right here!

Legion of X #1

Superhero High Fashion Returns to the Hellfire Gala

This year’s Hellfire Gala will once again be a night overflowing with action, drama, and FASHION. And this time around, mutants won’t be the only ones slaying the Green Carpet. The other heroes of the Marvel Universe are getting into the fun with extremely stylish looks of their own, all designed by some of the industry’s most inventive artists! Superstar Russell Dauterman returns to lead the campaign to elevate Marvel Comics fashion like never before alongside artists Carmen Carnero, Iban Coello, Chris Bachalo, Jen Bartel, Mateus Manhanini, Mahmud Asrar, Miguel Mercado, Meghan Hetrick, InHyuk Lee, and Eric D’Urso. Combining real fashion trends with classic super hero aesthetics, mutant power signatures, and more, these bold takes on your favorite Marvel characters can be seen in both the upcoming X-Men: Hellfire Gala one-shot and on a series of 20 gorgeous variant covers throughout June!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Spider-Man
  • BLACK PANTHER #7 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by ERICA D’URSO – Captain Marvel
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #45 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Doctor Doom
  • IRON MAN #21 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by IBAN COELLO – Iron Man
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #39 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Black Widow
  • MOON KNIGHT #12 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Scarlet Witch
  • WOLVERINE #22 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Wolverine
  • AVENGERS #57 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by CARMEN CARNERO – Captain America
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SYMBOL OF TRUTH #2 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MATEUS MANHANINI – Captain America
  • GAMBIT #2 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Gambit
  • HULK #8 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – She-Hulk
  • KNIGHTS OF X #3 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MAHMUD ASRAR – Rogue
  • MARAUDERS #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Synch
  • X-MEN RED #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by JEN BARTEL – Jean Grey
  • IMMORTAL X-MEN #4 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by MEGHAN HETRICK – Emma Frost
  • LEGION OF X #3 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Havok
  • NEW MUTANTS #27 HELLFIRE GALA VARIANT COVER by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN – Magik

Secrets Could Send Mutantkind Into a Spiral

Prepare to enter the Destiny of X, the radical next era for your favorite X-Men titles! Ushering in the second age of Krakoa, Destiny of X will see the emergence of new enemies, the formation of new X-Teams, and bold paths for your favorite characters. It all kicks off later this month and right now, fans can peek ahead to discover what’s to come this June in their most anticipated X-Men ongoing series!

Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz present the grand climax to the Krakoan X-Men’s first year in X-Men #12! On the eve of the Hellfire Gala, threats have closed in on the X-Men from all sides. The secret machinations of Doctor Stasis, the terror of Gameworld, even the threat of the X-Men’s own secrets getting out…it’s all led to this!

X-Men #12

Kieron Gillen teams up with artist Michele Bandini for a Hellfire Gala story ripe with drama, revelations, and betrayal from a shocking uninvited guest in Immortal X-Men #3! Emma Frost will do anything to protect the children, including the metaphorical child that is the Hellfire Gala. Last year’s was a fantastic success. She would not like it if someone ruined the second. She would not like it at all… The events of this year’s HELLFIRE GALA will lead directly into Gillen and Valerio Schiti’s A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY, the next Marvel Comics crossover epic launching this summer. Stay tuned next week for more HELLFIRE GALA announcements. Featuring a cover by Mark Brooks!

Immortal X-Men #3

In Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill’s X-Force #29, X-Force make their last stand AGAINST KRAKOA, THE ISLAND THAT KILLS LIKE A MAN! As Cerebrax captures and turns the mutants’ powers against them, it sets its sights on the biggest mutant of all — Krakoa itself! A fight this big is going to take all the power X-Force can muster…and the true Omega to live up to his potential! With a cover by Joshua Cassara.

X-Force #29

Wolverine runs out of allies to trust in Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert’s Wolverine #22. Wolverine is trapped in an adamantium prison, and it’s probably Deadpool’s fault.  But the betrayal of Maverick stings worst of all! Just what is so valuable in that briefcase that it pits mutant against mutant…against C.I.A.?

Wolverine #22

Mutantkind’s great Otherworld quest is in jeopardy in Tini Howard and Bob Quinn’s Knights of X #3. Gambit and his team gain a momentary victory over the Furies in Crooked Market, but as the group is hit by another wave of attacks by Merlyn’s army, Rachel Summers’ connection with Captain Britain is severed before she can call in reinforcements. In Sevalith, the Captain and her team face off against blood thirsty vampires as they seek out a lethal potential ally. Their quest required ten knights to begin, but no one said anything about the end. A knight dies here – and the hateful quest goes on. With a cover by Yanick Paquette.

Knights of X #3

Meet the FIRST GENERATION OF MUTANTKIND in Steve Orlando and Eleonora Carlini’s Marauders #4. The Marauders have gotten some jailbreak mixed into their heist! Pryde and her crew might’ve convinced Xandra to confront the Shi’ar’s crimes against mutantkind together, but the fanatical Kin Crimson are ready to defend those secrets to the death. What hidden truths and horrors does the Shi’ar Chronicle hold? Deep in a pandimensional prison lies the answer – but will it unite two societies in progress, or destroy them both? Check out the cover by Kael Ngu.

Marauders #4

Al Ewing teams up with Juann Cabal, Andrés Genolet, and more for a harsh lesson about the Martian way of death in X-Men Red #4! Recent revelations threaten to profoundly alter the Destiny of X – and Arakko isn’t immune from the fallout! With the clock ticking down to interstellar war, Storm faces a Galactic Illuminati… Magneto attends a meeting of his own that might decide both their fates…and Roberta Da Costa ponders a recent return from the grave alongside the strangest guest star of all! With a cover by Russell Dauterman.

X-Men Red #4

Nightcrawler’s squad faces a divine threat in Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua’s Legion of X #3. An Arakkii fugitive god is lurking somewhere in the shadows of Krakoa, and Weaponless Zsen must track them down or face destruction at the hands of the terrifying Ora Serrata. After hitting a number of dead ends, Zsen and Nightcrawler turn to the astral plane for answers. Meanwhile, Pixie lures the Skinjacker out of hiding with the help of Juggernaut and…Dr. Strange?! Dike Ruan‘s cover is below.

Legion of X #3

Fall into the looking glass in Vita Ayala and Rod Reis’ New Mutants #27. With her Soulsword shattered, Magik spirals into unfamiliar territory as she confronts her legacy in Limbo – dragging Mirage and Wolfsbane down with her! And while Magik faces the demons of her past, present, and future…Madelyne Pryor inches closer to the throne. Leinil Francis Yu provides the cover.

New Mutants #27

The X-Men Embark on a New Path in the Destiny of X Trailer

Rising out of the ashes of Inferno and emerging out of the vital time-travelling mission in X Lives of Wolverine/X Deaths of Wolverine comes The Second Krakoan Age of X-Men: DESTINY OF X! Mutantkind is reshaped once more, as Krakoa’s greatest triumphs and most crushing challenges still lie ahead. The possibilities are endless as your favorite ongoing X-series embrace their future!

  • The rulers of Krakoa strive to hold mutantkind together, no matter how much they want to tear each other apart in Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck’s Immortal X-Men #1
  • Kate Pryde enlists a new crew to rescue rescue mutants and unravel a vital mystery stretching two billion years into the past in Steve Orlando and Eleonora Carlini’s Marauders #1
  • Mutantkind has taken over Mars and now they have to fight for it. Join Storm, Magneto, Sunspot, and more as they strive to save the red planet from war in Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli’s X-Men Red #1
  • Krakoa’s deadly strike team deals with the mind-melding new threat known as CEREBRAX as Benjamin Percy and Robert Gill launch an all-new arc in X-Force #27
  • Captain Britain recruits nine knights to join her on a magical quest for the holy grail of mutantkind in Tini Howard and Bob Quinn’s Knights of X #1
  • As numerous new threats begin to close in on Krakoan’s first team of X-Men, an old enemy emerges as Gerry Duggan continues his hit run on X-Men alongside artist Javier Pina in X-Men #10
  • Nightcrawler assembles a squad to bring justice and peace to Krakoa and protect mutantkind from its most soul-crushing threats yet in Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua’s Legion of X #1 
  • Magik and the recently resurrected Madelyne Pryor compete for the throne of Limbo in Vita Ayala and Rod Reis’ acclaimed run of New Mutants, igniting the all-new ‘Labors of Magik’ arc in New Mutants #25
  • Wolverine continues to take on mutantkind’s most brutal missions… with some unwelcome help from Deadpool as Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert continue their masterful run on Wolverine in Wolverine #20

Get your first glimpse at what’s to come in in the all-new Destiny of X trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork! And enter the Destiny of X starting on March 30!

Judgement Day Approaches as Destiny of X Reshapes Mutantkind

The next era of X-Men is on the horizon! With fresh new titles, exciting creative team changes, and cast shakeups, Destiny of X will be a season of radical transformation for the X-Men line and its characters. The possibilities are endless as the second Krakoan age begins over the next few months. And right now, fans can discover more about what’s to come this May in their favorite and most anticipated X-Men ongoing series! 

JUDGMENT DAY IS COMING! Tying together current story threads in Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals, writer Kieron Gillen and artist Valerio Schiti bring you the next Marvel Comics epic this summer. See the first seeds planted for this upcoming saga in issues of Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck’s Immortal X-Men! May’s Immortal X-Men #3 will dive into one of the most fascinating objects in the X-Men mythos: Destiny’s diaries! Over one hundred years ago, Irene Adler wrote twelve books. A sequel is long overdue. Check out the cover by Mark Brooks!

Immortal X-Men #3

The main team of Krakoan X-Men won’t be safe from the effects of Judgment Day either! Creative powerhouses Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz continue their hit run in X-Men #11. The women of the X-Men are heading for the hottest action in the galaxy…Gameworld! But if it’s true that the house always wins, our X-Ladies might be in over their heads…

X-Men #11

THE QUEST IS REVEALED in Tini Howard and Bob Quinn’s Knights of X #2! Betsy Braddock has assembled her Knights! Their mission: to save Otherworld from Merlyn and his powerful henchmen…by finding the holy grail of mutantkind. But Otherworld is vast, and innumerable armies stand in their way. When Merlyn targets the Crooked Market, a safe haven for mutantkind, the Knights must split up. Will Captain Britain find the grail? Will Gambit lead the others into a deadly trap? Death looms over the Knights — in more ways than one. Yanick Paquette provides the cover.

Knights of X #2

Meet Mother Righteous in Si Spurrier and Jan Bazaldua’s Legion of X #2! Legion is offered an unholy deal by this major new character, the self-proclaimed wheeler-dealer of the astral plane. But is the price worth the prize for a young man stuck in his father’s shadow? Meanwhile, the Skinjacker grows bold. Not content with stealing identities of other mutants, he turns his powers on the Legion of X… And while newly arrived Arakki badass Weaponless Zsen has a beastly clash with a dangerous X-Man, her chaperone Nightcrawler is otherwise engaged – giving a massage…? With a cover by Dike Ruan.

Legion of X #2

Launched in last month’s hit Marauders Annual #1, Steve Orlando continues his new run alongside artist Eleonora Carlini in Marauders #3. Panic in Shi’ar space! The Marauders are prisoners of the Kin Crimson, a secret society stretching back billions of years, who outrank even the Shi’ar Majestrix…or so they think. But Captain Pryde and the Marauders aren’t giving up, not with the Shi’ar holding the last survivors of mutantkind’s first generation hostage. With the weight of history looming like a nuclear threat, can Kate Pryde convince Xandra to side with mutantkind against her kingdom? With a cover by Kael Ngu.

Marauders #3

Vita Ayala and Rod Reis’ acclaimed run heats up in New Mutants #26. While the queen is away, demons will play! A new queen has taken the throne of Limbo — Madelyne Pryor, A.K.A. the Goblin Queen! Meanwhile, separated from Limbo, Magik faces an enemy she thought she had banished long ago… With a cover by Leinil Francis Yu!

New Mutants #26

Wolverine masters Benjamin Percy and Adam Kubert take Logan deeper and deeper into DANGER in Wolverine #21! Outnumbered and surrounded, Wolverine unleashes his berserker rage, and Deadpool embraces his deadly fighting skills in a last ditch effort to save mutant lives. But what’s with all the Robot X-Men, and what do they have to do with the X-Desk?

Wolverine #21

And over in Percy and Robert Gill’s X-Force #28, Cerebrax stalks the island of Krakoa, and no one is safe! Its hunger for minds is insatiable…but what happens when it absorbs the minds — and powers — of the most powerful mutants?! X-Force will have to STEP. IT. UP. – and Kid Omega leads the way! Check out that cover by Joshua Cassara!

X-Force #28

And expect planet-size power grabs and enormous omega-level feats in Al Ewing and Stefano Caselli’s X-Men Red #3. Tarn the Uncaring waged war and torture on Arakko for centuries. He’s the most hated being on Mars…and he sits on their ruling council. Abigail Brand has a plan to remedy that — and reap the rewards. So does Roberto Da Costa. But only one of them can win…and Tarn’s going to make at least one mutant pay the price for it! With a cover by Russell Dauterman.

X-Men Red #3
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