By Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia and David Curiel
In my opinion, Hellions has been one of the most exciting titles in the X-line. Zeb Wells combines a group of misfit characters who have run into hard times with a diabolical villain, who is likable and charming. The book has made characters like Graycrow, formerly Scalphunter, and Wildchild fan favorite characters. This book works because it focuses on characters.
Zeb Wells has done a fantastic job on this series and has given some depth to many mutants who were considered boring. Havok has had a rough go in the Marvel universe, from being a villain to being the less popular Summers brother, he couldn’t catch a break. Zeb Wells has been building him up in this series, and this issue continues with that trend. Havok makes peace with a robot that thought of him as mutant scum, that’s progress in my book. Zeb Wells has always made this series about the characters, and in this issue he gives us some more great character moments. Graycrow saving Psylocke from killer robots is a good moment for him. Empath coming back to help the team is a good moment for him. The issue is about all these little moments for these characters as they try to take down Cameron Hodge and his killer robots. While Hodge is the main antagonist in this issue, he’s easily the least enjoyable part. I’ve never been a fan of the character and all he does here is preach. We patiently wait for our heroes to destroy him so we can get on with the good bits of the issue. Wells gave everyone a chance to shine in this book, but I would have to say the most interesting moment is one shared between Graycrow and Psylocke at the end of the issue. Where this goes moving forward is anyone’s guess, but count me as one of the excited fans waiting to see it.
The pencils this issue are handled by Stephen Segovia with colors by David Curiel. Segovia draws everyone very well, but Cameron Hodge looks especially evil. When Hodge gets angry and his eyes begin to glow, Segovia does some of his best work in the issue. Action panels, like when Graycrow fires off his huge gun, work really well here too. Segovia, who also did the inks, did fine work this issue. Pages where Wild Child and Nanny attempt to steal back the ship are shaded just the right amount. The colors by David Curiel compliment the pencils. Curiel just always seems to use the perfect palette for whatever book he’s on. For this issue, he uses lots of greens and grays. The sinister looking robots are varying shades of green depending on where the light hits them, and that’s why Curiel is amazing at his job.
Hellions #8 is another good issue in the series that hasn’t disappointed so far. Zeb Wells has really delved into what makes these characters tick, and he shows us every issue. The pencils and colors continue to showcase the top tier talent that Marvel has in their roster. Hellions is a series that is under the radar, but shouldn’t be.