By Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta, Russell Dauterman, Lucas Werneck, Sara Pichelli, Frank Martin, Matthew Wilson, Nolan Woodard and Sunny Gho
The Hellfire Gala continues this week in X-Men #21, but this issue is slightly different because it introduces us to a new X-Men team. There are also some cameos from real life people, and we get a little more light shed on Cyclops’ story. With all that said, let’s get into the meat of the issue.
Jonathan Hickman is the architect of this X-Men story line, and he’s done a phenomenal job on this title.Hickman starts off the issue with a meeting between Namor and Xavier and Magneto. Hickman writes Namor as the cocky jerk that he is. Namor talks back to Xavier and Magneto and and sort of belittles them about Krakoa. Hickman also introduces the new X-Men this issue. There was a fan vote for the last member of the team, and Polaris ended up winning the vote. The cameos from people like George R. R. Martin and Patton Oswald are fun to see, but it’s Cyclops’ story to Kevin Feige that holds the most water this issue. Scott Tells us what his story is, and the words fit perfectly with who he is. Hickman gives him a voice that we can all relate to and appreciate. This issue of X-Men ends well and sets us up for what is coming next. I can’t wait to see where this goes and have complete faith in Hickman and company.
The pencils and colors this issue are handled by many different people. Nick Dragotta, Russell Dauterman, Lucas Werneck and Sara Pichelli handle the pencils. Frank Martin, Matthew Wilson, Nolan Woodard and Sunny Gho take care of the colors. So we’re looking at an all-star group in the art department. The early pages with Xavier and Namor are drawn with a little more grit than any of the other pages. The introduction of the new X-team is drawn smooth and with crisp lines. The colors are bright and vibrant as Jean projects projects a pretty pink psychic link. Near the end of the issue, Emma Frost dazzles in her diamond form, and she is colored brilliantly. The collection of artists and colorists did a great job on this issue. It’s hard to pick out a bad panel in the entire issue because everything is handled by true professionals on every end of the issue.
X-Men #21 gives us a little preview of things to come in the new X-Men series coming out. Jonathan Hickman gives us another good issue that raises questions and piques our interest. Where things go from here are anyone’s guess. The pencils and colors illuminate the page and bring all kinds of different perspectives to the issue. X-Men #21 is a book that will leave you wanting more.