By Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia and David Curiel
Happy Superbowl weekend everyone, and remember, go Tom Brady! With that out of the way, lets get down to comics. Hellions has consistently been one of the most enjoyable books in the x-line. Although the line up on paper doesn’t look to have many heavy hitters, Zeb Wells has fleshed out these characters and they’ve grown very likable. This team has grown to like or at least respect each other on some level. So what happens when one of their own gets kidnapped? that’s a very good question, especially since it’s Mr. Sinister.
As mentioned above, Zeb Wells has been great on this book. A few panels of Graycrow comforting Wildchild goes a long way in showing that these characters have grown closer. Wells establishes Mastermind as a big threat in this issue. He takes Mr. Sinister off the board, which is not an easy task to do. Wells gives us a good panel where the team cracks up when they find out that Sinister has been taken. Although Mr. Sinister is my favorite X-villain, he would be a nightmare to be around. This is exactly the kind of reaction I would expect anyone to have when finding out that Sinister has been abducted. The rest of the issue serves as a mind screw to show what Mastermind can do, and Wells lets us know he’ll be a tough out. This of course is setting up for something bigger, but once again, Hellions provides a fun ride for the week.
The pencils this issue are handled by Stephen Segovia with colors by David Curiel. Segovia has grown with each issue he draws, and this one may be his best yet. The look on Empath’s face as he messes with Havok while he lifts weights is great. The characters on the page look amazing, and quality isn’t lost in further panel shots. Although I won’t spoil the last page, I can say that Segovia has drawn it beautifully. The colors by David Curiel work very well with the pencils. For the most part there is a darker color palette used here as many of the backgrounds are dark. Panels with Sage have a cool looking lime green as she goes through her computer to find what happened to Mr. Sinister. The art on Hellions is some of the best in the X-line.
Hellions continues it’s hot streak of entertaining issues and fan service. Hellions #9 starts a new arc that seems very promising and includes old adversaries that haven’t been seen in a while. Zeb Wells knows these characters and he writes them like they are his friends. The pencils and colors are top notch, but that’s nothing new for this book. Hellions is a must read for X-Men fans.