By Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia and David Curiel
Hellions is one of those books where you have no idea what you’re going to get issue to issue. You have no idea what twists or turns the story is going to take, but you know that they will make sense. Recently, Mr. Sinister was abducted after being betrayed by Mastermind. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Mr. Sinister, although my personal favorite X-villain, is a total scumbag. The interesting thing about this is that Arcade is the one pulling the strings. While in the past Arcade has been seen as a bit of a joke, villains can become more deadly as time goes on, it just takes a creative writer to make it happen. That brings us up to date. Arcade is back and seems formidable, and the Hellions are on a mission to free Sinister.
Zeb Wells is at the helm once again of this story, and it’s business as usual for him. Wells has made Arcade kind of likable in this book. From the beginning of the issue when he calls Sinister a weird albino rabbit eye, you can’t help but laugh. Wells allows Arcade to use his intelligence to outsmart both sinister and the Hellions. Hearing “confirmed” after every sentence may be annoying, but once the reasoning is explained, it makes complete sense and is genius. Wells comes up with some decent ideas for the characters as they are stuck in Arcade’s trap. Alex gets to see Maddie again, Graycrow is back in the war. These are events that traumatized our heroes, so it makes sense that they are back there so they can be broken down. If you’ve been reading Hellions and have been waiting for Mr. Sinister to get his comeuppance, this is the issue it happens. Arcade is taking no chances and is making sure Sinister suffers. This is another fine issue by Zeb Wells.
The pencils this issue are handled by Stephen Segovia with colors by David Curiel. Segovia is at a point where everything that he does is just good. His style is clean with some nice cross hatching going on in some of the pages. Distance is not a problem for Segovia and detail doesn’t get lost with further characters. We can see in Psylocke’s manipulation that she is a young child. As she approaches her mother, we can still see that Segovia gave her a face and mouth. Some artists don’t do this, but Segovia used a less is more approach on this panel and it works. The Wild child manipulation is similar to something that Jim Lee drew during his stint on Uncanny X-Men. The outfits and positioning just gave me a feel like it was something Jim Lee would draw. The colors by David Curiel are also outstanding here. In the Wild Child page above, Curiel nails the colors down for Wolverine, Sabertooth and Wild Child. The blood gushing from Sabertooth’s neck is great too. Curiel also kills it in the Psylocke pages. He sets us up for calm experience due to the gorgeous blue water and how peaceful the village seems, only to rip the rug out from us later in the issue.
Hellions #10 is a fine issue that plays on all of the main character’s emotions. Zeb Wells continues to roll out quality work month after month. The art by Segovia and Curiel is probably some of the top work you’ll find on any comic this week. Hellions continues it’s hot streak in the X-line.