By Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia and David Curiel
X of Swords is over and we’re moving on to the aftermath. This week sees the release of Hellions #7, which deals with Mr. Sinister as he attempts to get his team alive again. This issue contains more drama with the council, which has been more fun than it sounds. Hellions #7 also plants some seeds for character and developments further down the line.
Zeb Wells writes a good script for this issue. Following up a 22 part crossover, especially one that ended on such a high note, can be tough. Wells throws us right into the action as the team gets ready for another mission. The problem with this is that not everyone came back as they were. Wells has upgraded a couple of characters who needed to be a little more likable in the book, and it works. Wells plays on the relationship between Sinister and Psylocke in this issue. She defends him when the rest of the team starts to turn on him. This is an interesting development and it’s something that will play out in the series moving forward. Wells also draws attention to Havok feeling like he doesn’t belong on this team. This makes sense since he’s usually been a decent guy and even led the Avengers unity Squad in Uncanny Avengers. This issue works because we have a team of people that continue to not trust one another, and that dynamic is fun and interesting. Wells continues to make this one of the better books in the X-Men line. His writing seems effortless, and as readers we begin to like all of the characters. Hellions is always an exciting read whenever it’s available.
The pencils this issue are handled by Stephen Segovia with colors by David Curiel. Stephen Segovia does a fantastic job on pencils this issue. The emotions and looks of despise on the Hellions faces when they see sinister again this issue are priceless. Segovia excels when drawing Sinister close up. His look and facial reactions make this issue great. You feel the hurt on Sinister’s face as his beloved jet Clive meets it’s end. The colors by David Curiel are great as always. Curiel is a pro, and it shows on panels when our team gets off the ship and many of them are silhouetted with a nice colorful background. Great shading and tone are used in the colors for this book. As Sinister talks about Nanny, Curiel uses the perfect match of shade and different shades of colors for Sinister’s outfit. The pencils and colors in this issue were top notch.
Hellions #7 is a very good read and has some amazing art. Zeb Wells continues his hot streak on this title as it follows up X of Swords admirably. You can’t say much more about the art for this book. It continues to get better each week and is consistently some of the nicest looking images in all of comics. Hellions #7 brings the heat and intrigue to the X-books.