By Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho
Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run has made it to double digits. We’re on issue 10 this week, and Hickman chose to focus on the least known and least popular Summers brother, Vulcan. While I’m a fan of the character, anything Summers related is interesting to me, there are many who are not. If you have doubts or dislike Vulcan, Hickman is a writer who will bring you around.
One great thing about Jonathan Hickman is that he will use past events, like moments back in his Fantastic Four run, and use them well in his current storyline. That happens in this issue of X-Men. We see a group of aliens capture Vulcan and dress him down. It’s made clear that Vulcan has a fire inside of him. If you were not aware of this, read X-Men: Deadly Genesis to see how angry he can get. Hickman plants some more seeds (no pun intended) this issue, not just with Vulcan, but potentially something with Cyclops at the end as well. Hickman utilizes Sway and Petra as Vulcan’s drinking buddies. It’s good to see these characters again, but they are essentially one note here and I’m hoping Hickman has plans for them in the future. Before ending the issue, Hickman does show us what Vulcan is capable of this issue and that he still has that fire inside of him. While all 3 of the Summer’s brothers have differing terms of temperament, Vulcan clearly has the worst. Make no mistake, if Hickman is writing a whole issue about this, it will come into play later down the line.
The pencils this issue are handled by Leinil Francis Yu with colors by Sinny Gho. Yu uses his imagination in the beginning stages of the book as he comes up with different looking aliens. The sinister look on their face as they dissect Vulcan is kind of eerie in a way. Petra and Sway look great. Yu draws them full of life and their faces light up when they talk about drinking. The colors by Sunny Gho are great as usual. As Vulcan blows up plant people, the orange burns brightly and demands your attention. As Vulcan wanders out into the jungle, Gho colors an amazing blue moon; it’s stunning. The pencils and colors for this issue are amazing. This is an excellent team to bring Hickman’s words to life.
X-Men #10 didn’t disappoint on it’s return. A Vulcan centric story is always welcome with me. Hickman is a master storyteller. If he’s planting a seed, it will become relevant at some point. The art is gorgeous and will floor you as you flip through the pages. X-Men is a triumph in the comics community!