By Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia and David Curiel
Hellions is an odd series for this new era of X-Men books. The premise is that mutants from Krakoa who have had a hiccup or two along the way are going to be used by Mr. Sinister to focus their destructive energy into something useful. The team line up is an odd selection of no names, with the exception of Psylocke and Havok. All of these things make this an interesting book to read. I have no idea what will happen next, but so far, this book has been fantastic.
Something cool happens when you pick up a book by Zeb Wells. You start to see characters in a different light. Scalphunter has been around for decades and I’ve never had an interest in him, but we’re two issues in to this series, and I already want to see more of him. While Hellions is headlined by Psylocke and Havok, Wells doesn’t necessarily make them the centerpiece of the issue. Wildchild, Scalphunter, Orphan Maker and Nanny all get their moments to shine in this issue. Wells also is tapping into the fact that these characters are thrown together. They are not a team in the traditional sense, so tensions run high. There is a bit of a horror element to this series this issue. There are some creepy visuals that will stick with you after you put the issue down. Wells has done a great job of making this a series that needs to be read. The cast isn’t A-list, but the characters are fun to read about. This first arc, although only two issues, is already more intriguing than some of the other books that are wrapping up their second arc.
The pencils this issue are handled by Stephen Segovia with colors by David Curiel. Segovia does a great job of allowing his pencils to match the story that Wells wants to tell. When the characters enter one of Sinister’s former labs, we see bodies hanging from the ceiling. Segovia draws this panel to rattle the reader, and he’s successful. As those corpses come to life, Segovia again, makes this panel one that you will remember from the issue. The characters are dead and decomposing, which gives them an eerie look to them. The colors by David Curiel rock this issue. His palette helps out immensely with the dark tone of the story. In the panels with the dead, Curiel uses a gray tone that works beautifully. Overall the art is the cherry on top of a well written script and a great story idea.
Hellions has been a book that has taken me by surprise. Zeb Wells has done a great job of reeling in readers and keeping them guessing. The pencils and colors couldn’t have been better this issue. Hellions is a book that shouldn’t be missed!