By Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli and Edgar Delgado
We’re finally here! Marauders #21 brings the beginning of the Hellfire Gala, and in all honesty, it’s impressive. Emma is in control and has set up a wonderful event that has all the most important players in the Marvel universe. From Doctor Doom to Captain America, everyone who is anyone is present. This is not the event to miss.
Gerry Duggan turns in his finest issue of Marauders this issue. Emma shines as she takes hold of the party and talks to nearly everyone. She is integral to connecting people and interacting with them. Duggan gives us some good character moments in this issue. Whether it’s Banshee and Emma interacting for a brief Generation X reunion, or Cyclops and Captain America having a brief talk. Duggan gives us the interaction we’ve been craving. It’s also great to see the X-Men actually be around other heroes. It seems like they haven’t really had much contact with any of the Marvel heroes in such a long time, it seems like old times again. Duggan also has a few tricks up his sleeve that will likely be played out later. Something as simple as Reed Richards whispering to Professor Xavier can pay big dividends moving forward. The beginning of the Gala is everything you would want out of an introductory issue. Your interest should be piqued and your concerns should be high.
The pencils this issue are handled by Matteo Lolli with colors by Edgar Delgado. Kudos to Lolli for drawing the whole larger than normal issue and never dipping in quality. Some of these costumes can be difficult to draw, like Emma’s, but Lolli pulls it off flawlessly. Big crowd pages look amazing as well, and we don’t lose much detail at guests who appear far away. Characters look about as good possible. Captain America and Cyclops talking at the end looks straight out poster worthy. The colors by Edgar Delgado rock this issue. Delgado uses vibrant blues as a mutant plays music for the guests. Gorgeous colored portals appear as characters walk through them. Doom gets green, Dr. Strange is gold. All these little details work out so well for this book making it a must read.
Marauders #21 is everything you hoped it would be. Gerry Duggan kicks off the Hellfire Gala with a lot of questions and some great firepower. Where things go from here is anyone’s guess. The pencils and colors work very well for the story being told. Marauders #21 is a must read issue that sets everything up for the gala.