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S.W.O.R.D. #8

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.


By the time you’re reading this, you know.

You know who sits in the central seat of Arakko.

You know who speaks for Sol.

Storm rules.

But when you have to prove to your people who you are, every single day without fail… What becomes of who you were?

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24 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95


    S.W.O.R.D.#8 is a love letter to Storm's legacy and outlines an exciting future for one of Marvel's most iconic characters. It's hard to read this issue and not get excited for what comes next.
  • 88

    Comic Watch

    This beautifully rendered issue serves as a deep dive into the characters of both the Arakkoan nation and the new Regent of Sol. It's well worth reading.
  • 85


    An incredibly smart spotlight on Storm turned into one of the best single issue stories in the current X-Men era. While the art needs some work, the story was just what we needed at this point.
  • 80

    You Don't Read Comics

    S.W.O.R.D. #8 shows off just what this book can be when its not bogged down in whatever sci-fi crossover Ewing gets it involved in. This is a great Storm-centric issue, showing her new life as Regent of Arakko, and it honestly kind of makes a body want a Storm on Arakko book. Vilanova does a fantastic job with the art. This issue doesnt reinvent the wheel, but it is good fun.
  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    S.W.O.R.D. #8 shows what Storm’s duties are as the Regent of Arakko. The comic gives a brief glimpse into the leadership of the terraformed Mars, white page and all, while showing a quick look into Storm’s daily routine. The back and forth between Storm and Tarn is fine enough, but the full context of the rivalry is missing if fans aren’t reading Hellions. Sadly, the comic is once again cleaning up a story that started in another series, first with King In Black, then Guardians of the Galaxy, and now Hellions. Hopefully we get a genuine story for S.W.O.R.D. to have soon.
  • 60

    Ewing, surprisingly, doesn't have much new to add to the template. Coupled with Villanova's clumsy fight scenes and Fernando Sifeuntes' flat colors, the issue doesn't offend, but it does underwhelm.
  • 50


    A waste of an issue that simply retreads the same old ground about Storm that we've seen nonstop since Dawn of X began.

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About the Author: Al Ewing

Al Ewing (/ˈjuːɪŋ/) is a British comics writer who has mainly worked in the small press and for 2000 AD and Marvel Comics.


Al Ewing began his career writing stories in the four-page Future Shocks format for 2000 AD and moved on to regular stints on Judge Dredd (2008–2015), for which his 2010 story “Doctor What?” marked Brendan McCarthy’s return to 2000 AD. They later worked together on a new series entitled The Zaucer of Zilk. Ewing worked on Damnation Station and Zombo, the latter illustrated by Henry Flint, which was collected in trade paperback in 2010.

Ewing has also contributed to Solar Wind, FutureQuake, and The End Is Nigh. He is responsible for the mobile comic Murderdrome, created with P. J. Holden.

In May 2007, Ewing created the comedy blog “The Diary of Ralph Dibney”, writing as the titular DC Comics superhero (also known as Elongated Man), Dibney’s therapist, or as the even more obscure DC Hero Richard Dragon, as they react to the events of each week’s issue of the comic book 52.

Breaking into American comic books, Ewing was also picked by Garth Ennis to provide a six-issue arc on Jennifer Blood, published by Dynamite Entertainment, and a spin-off series The Ninjettes.

His debut prose novel Pax Britannia: El Sombra, published by Abaddon Books in 2007, features a mysterious Mexican hero fighting back against the menace of steam-powered Nazis. It is set in the same Steampunk alternate history as the other novels from the Pax Britannia series. Three other novels have been published since, with a fifth on the way.

Ewing wrote Mighty Avengers and Loki: Agent of Asgard for Marvel Comics and co-wrote the first year of the Eleventh Doctor Doctor Who title with Rob Williams for Titan Comics.

Ewing has since written New Avengers, U.S.Avengers, Ultimates, Rocket, Royals, and The Immortal Hulk, all for Marvel. The Immortal Hulk was a nominee for the 2019 Eisner Award in the “Best Continuing Series” category, and had earned publisher Marvel Comics a Diamond Gem Award the previous year as “Best New Comic Book Series.”

In 2021, Ewing won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book at the 32nd GLAAD Media Awards for his work on Empyre and received an additional nomination in 2021 and one in 2022 for Guardians of the Galaxy. In June 2021, it was announced that Ewing would serve as co-writer of Venom alongside Ram V, with Bryan Hitch serving as artist.

Personal life

At the end of Pride Month 2021, Ewing came out as bisexual.

[Latest Update: July 23, 2022]

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