By Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, and Sunny Gho
We enter issue 11 from Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men this week. Things have been slowly building through this run, but at some point, these things are going to start to take a definitive shape. This issue sees a few things start to fall in to place in regards to the Summoner. We also get a some development on Magneto as his legend continues to grow on Krakoa. This is still an Empyre tie-in, so a main narrative that Hickman wants to tell could be sidetracked for an issue or two while this event plays out.
This issue focuses heavily on Magneto, but there is a little moment with the Summoner that will be important. Hickman created this character for a reason, and in this issue, your mind should start thinking about what he is really up to. Hickman uses Exodus to tell a Magneto story to a bunch of younger mutants. This is a great move on Hickman’s part. Exodus is a strong mutant, so if a strong mutant is gushing about someone else, it carries some weight. Hickman shows Magneto as a ruthless, and tactical character. This should scare any enemies he may have right now. As you read through this issue, and you see Exodus talking to these young mutants, you have to question if it’s indoctrination too. Is the younger generation being brainwashed into thinking one time villains are heroes? Either way, this is another great issue from Hickman where he highlights one character and lets them shine.
The pencils this issue are handled by Leinil Francis Yu with colors by Sunny Gho. Yu has a very distinct style that I really like. There is a texture to his art that just makes it stand out. Yu also uses hatching and cross hatching on bodies and faces. As Exodus tells children the tale of Magneto, Yu draws a lot of close up panels that allow us to feel like Exodus is talking to us too. Sunny Gho also brilliantly colors the light from the fire reflecting off of Exodus’ face. Yu also draws the Summoner for a couple of pages, and he draws him creepy. The summoner is a weird character to begin with, but the drawings by Yu make him seem like even more of an oddball and outcast. Gho’s colors are amazing in this issue. He uses bright whites for the Summoner and a dark shade of red for his lips. The lips stand out and draw your eye every panel. The story is great for this issue, and the art is just as amazing.
As we wrap up another issue of this classic X-Men run, the wait between issues seems to get longer and longer. Hickman is one of the best writers in comics. Period. Each issue brings us closer to the end, and the build up has been great so far. You probably couldn’t have asked for a better team on art duties. Yu and Gho crush it this issue and I hope we see more of them on this series. X-Men is the best book from Marvel right now.