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X-Men: Red #12

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The White Sword – the mutant Omega healer who could raise the dead and bind them to his service – had One Hundred Warriors. Now the first and last of the Hundred have come to tell the tale of the one who destroyed them…one who is coming to test the mutants of Arakko once again…

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  • 80

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    I have thoroughly enjoyed the recent X-Men run and appreciate the multitude of intriguing concepts emerging from the X-Men titles. However, I hoped that X-Men Red #12 would delve deeper into the issues specific to Arakko rather than rehashing themes already explored in the Krakoan narrative. Nonetheless, this issue is skillfully written and well-designed.

  • 70


    There’s definitely good to be found in X-Men: Red #12, and it’s a great setup for the coming Genesis War. Yet, with Orchis ties being expanded and diminished art quality, it’s a low point for the run so far. Still, it’s worth reading, if only for Sunspot and Nova’s bickering and White Sword’s fascinating development.

  • 65


    I enjoyed this issue, but it definitely had some weak points. The tale of the White Sword and his warriors is a welcome one. The Swordbearers were fascinating parts of the first year of Krakoa, but only a couple of them have gotten any development since then. We get that here, as well as hints of what happened to Genesis and the First Horsemen after X of Swords.

    But really, that’s it. It’s surprisingly slight, and is probably the first Ewing issue ever that made me say “is that all?” It’s also set-up with almost no plot development and that makes it feel like a letdown, especially after so many strong single issues in the last year and a half.

  • 60

    Like so many series in Marvel’s line of X-comics, X-Men: Red #12 is focused on laying the foundations for apocalyptic events in “Fall of X,” quite literally in this case. After a long hiatus in the wake of “X of Swords,” Genesis and the lost land of Arrako are revisited and drawn into events closer to Earth (and Mars). Much of the issue serves as prologue, reminding readers of several Arraki mutants set to play a pivotal role in upcoming events. That leaves the issue largely detached from the series’ emphasis on an evolving governing body and Arraki culture. While it’s clear that those elements will tie in to the conflict that is building, this extended set up serves only to create anticipation. The children of Apocalypse are still a daunting force to behold on the page, but many of the panels outside of a few action sequences underwhelm with some inconsistent depictions of Storm and others. While X-Men: Red remains one of the most exciting series in the entire X-line, this surprisingly quiet chapter is largely focused on past stories being drawn into this one.

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