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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.

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 Sends Four Comics Back to Print

Four of Marvel’s hottest titles will be getting new printings! These currently sold out hit issues will be hitting stands on October 27. Complete with new covers, these exciting new printings will give fans a chance to dive into some of Marvel’s biggest current stories!

Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and artist Carlos Magno continue to unravel the true origins of one of Marvel’s most complex villains in Kang the Conqueror #2. A young, rebellious and idealistic Kang finds himself in Ancient Egypt, where an older version of himself is ruling with an iron fist as the pharaoh Rama-Tut. When the Moon Knight draws young Kang into a battle against his future self, tragedy strikes. But will it knock Nathaniel off the course of his destiny or lock him into one path forever?

Kang the Conqueror #2

Writer Jed MacKay and artist Alessandro Cappuccio’s critically acclaimed hit run on one of Marvel’s most fascinating super heroes continues in Moon Knight #3 where Moon Knight faces off against a mysterious new enemy. Moon Knight has taken on Khonshu’s duty as his own. To the people he protects, this is a blessing. To Hunter’s Moon, this is sacrilege. It is no small thing, to betray a god and take on his role. And when the Fist of Khonshu offers shelter to vampires, the ancient enemies of the Moon God? The Moon Knight requires correction, and Hunter’s Moon will bring him back to the right path — whatever it might take. Check out the new cover by Steve McNiven.

Moon Knight #3 2nd Printing

Witness the final chapter of Stephen Strange in Death of Doctor Strange #1 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Lee Garbett. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what happens when he unexpectedly dies? Who will step in to protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly…who killed Stephen Strange?! From the looks of the new second printing cover, this mystery is just beginning…

Death of Doctor Strange #1 2nd printing

And tensions were raised in X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2 by writer Leah Williams and artist Lucas Werneck. When the Avengers come to Krakoa to retrieve the body of their fallen teammate, the Scarlet Witch, an epic fight between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Magneto. And with a shocking final page, this mutant murder mystery just got a whole lot more complicated! The second printing features a cover by Valerio Schiti.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2 2nd printing

The Truth Could Destroy Everything in Something is Killing the Children #20

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Something is Killing the Children #20, the next issue in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about Erica’s early experiences with the House of Slaughter and the start of her monster-hunting career… before the horrifying events that brought her to Archer’s Peak, available on September 29, 2021.

Can Erica withstand the final stages of the mysterious Order of St. George initiation? Erica finally faces her official initiation into the Order of St. George, a torturous process that pits a child against an unrestrained monster… and bonds them to it for the rest of their life. Does Erica have what it takes to earn the Mark of St. George, embody the oath of secrecy each member of the House of Slaughter makes, and take her rightful place among the Order?

Something is Killing the Children #20 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and variant cover art by fan favorite artists Evyn Fong and Valerio Schiti.

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
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