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Hellions #16

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Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

FALLOUT! The wheels have come off the Hellions bandwagon. They might all hate one another, but Nanny LOVES her latest addition! Who would be so cruel as to stomp on her happiness? It’s not who you think!

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Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
Language
English
Price
$1.99
Amazon ASIN
B099P59CFP

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    COMICON

    Everything Hellions has been building to since its debut begins to collide in a highly emotional and engaging way that never strays from the book’s winning character-focused format. Change is coming for Krakoa and this series is clearly one of the stepping stones to what will be coming next for the future of the mutant society.

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    This issue was, very obviously, setting up for the upcoming relaunch/reset that will be affecting all of the books after the upcoming Lives/Deaths of Wolverine. Wells is neatly tying off every loose and dangling string whilst cranking up the emotional stakes of this complex, entangling story.

    It’s unsurprising that an author who is so focused on crafting densely wrought, believable characters would allow us to feel the full emotional weight of the previous issue, granting us insight into how everyone is handling the aftermath. The highpoints, for me, were the snapshots we got of Kwannon, Empath, and Nanny. God knows that I never expected to feel anything approaching affection for that scrambled little psycho, but here we are.

    Psylocke’s self-directed rage is distilled from the dregs of her grief. Her scene with Scott (and her almost equal rage at the council) nicely sets up her arc in Inferno. Like Mystique, she is missing someone who is unlikely to be brought back.

    Stephen Segovia exhibited his tremendous talent throughout the issue, but his handling of Empath as his cold, psychotic mask slips (revealing something very different beneath) after his discussion with Emma, his eyes melting into grief and fear, was equal parts chilling and astonishing to see.

    As for Nanny, it’s impossible to overstate what a surprise her journey has been. Her mixture of absolutely abysmal parenting and deep dedication to ‘her’ children is complex (both in terms of the psychology of the character and also in the narrative itself) and this issue made me root for her and curse her almost in the same breath.

    I would like to briefly talk about the color work in this issue. Rain Beredo did something masterful, that it would be a mistake to overlook. In the very beginning, when we see the Hellions embedded amidst the rubble of Sinister’s lab, the background is almost monochromatic. All browns and greys. The characters really pop in this scene, they are symbolically lifted out and made perceptively more real by their distinctive shades. Their very human reality is contrasted again when the X-Men show up. Scott and his cohorts are clothed in almost a nimbus of lights, separating these very public heroes from the Hellions as dramatically as angels are divided from mankind in the paintings of Giotto. This was very skillfully done and I would be absolutely remiss not to mention it.

    I would be worried about slipping into hyperbole when praising this story, but the book’s so good that it honestly deserves it. I am absolutely in love with these murderous underdogs.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Hellions #16 is an issue of build-up expertly done. Wells lays out a script that is heavy on emotion, and it lands amazingly, with Segovias pencils bringing it all to life. This is set up done right.

  • 95

    AIPT

    Since its start, Hellions has been one of the most unique and interesting series of the Krakoa era of X-Men. Issue #16 is another strong entry, cementing this as one of the strongest runs in the line right now.

    Hellions has always felt like a series with clear direction and in reading issue #16, one gets the sense that things actually are wrapping up. Sure, it’s never fun to see a good series end, but it’s worthwhile when the run gets a proper ending — and Hellions #16 is certainly setting up just that for the series.

    (…)

    Hellions #16 hits the emotional beats where it needs to and begins to wrap up the series on a holistic note. It’s sad to see the book go, but it’s clear Wells is doing this on his own terms, giving the series a chance to reach its natural conclusion. After all, isn’t that the best way to end a story? Segovia’s pencils capture the emotional intensity of these scenes perfectly, proving why this series is just as much his as Wells’.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    The emotional components with the characters in this issue of HELLIONS #16 were outstanding. Kwannon’s devastation and loss were literally written all over her face. Empaths’ fear and loneliness were front and center even when he attempted to hide his true feelings. Moreover, Havok’s crippling anxiety and terror about his abilities as well as Greycrow’s passion for Kwannon simply make this issue one of the best in recent months. I highly recommend picking this issue up and using HELLIONS #16 as the perfect jumping-on point for the series moving forward.

  • 90

    ComicBook.com

    Hellions manages to build upon the stunning events of its last issue in a denouement that manages to be both heartbreaking and riveting in equal measures. Every member of the team bears a cost for what they have done over the course of the series, and the differences between them expose the flaws of their Krakoan society. Promised an opportunity for redemption, many of Marvel’s most traumatized mutants are only given new scars. Given the absurd nature of characters like Nanny and Orphan-Maker, the pathos displayed here is nothing short of miraculous as they (and all of their comrades) are allowed to grow in ways more mainstream characters are never permitted. Even after the fireworks of Sinister’s exploding clone facility are cleared away, each conversation holds tremendous weight and hurts every bit as bad. Yet sorting through the wreckage, it’s made clear that these individuals are too intertwined to be done in one another’s lives and so the stage is set for the finale. As both epilogue and prologue, Hellions #16 reminds readers that character has driven everything excellent about this series and the results continue to be nothing short of superb superhero comics. Hellions, you truly were the best of the “Reign of X.” While the series will be missed, I simply cannot wait to see how it all ends.

  • 80

    Comics: The Gathering

    Hellions managed to show us that even a more low-key issue could pack just as much of a punch as the more action or comedic installments of the series. There are some fantastic character moments in this issue alone that reinforces why this has been and continues to be one of the top x-books being released.

  • 60

    Comic Crusaders

    “Hellions” is a team book, so roster changes are par for the course, but in the Hickman-era no team can truly compete with the Hellions, even if they are breaking down. “Hellions” No.16 let’s readers in on the secret adhesive that holds this title together as other groups go about their fall in the vein of “X-Factor” & “Children of the Atom” . There’s evolution regardless even if the reset button is pushed a few more times.

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