Final judgment for the red planet! — an A.X.E. Tie-In!
As the dust settles and the costs are counted, change is coming to Arakko — starting at the top.
After the catastrophic war with the Eternals, the Great Ring declares that Isca The Unbeaten is no longer fit for the Seat of Victory.
But Isca’s power is never to lose.
If she won’t step down… is there anyone on Arakko who can make her?
You Don't Read ComicsX-Men Red #7 is a clinic in how Ewing has made this book a cut above the rest. A reader may look at the cover and expect a big dumb spectacle, like this was Duggans X-Men, but what they get is so much better. Caselli, Blee, and Sifuentes-Sujo do an amazing job bringing the script to life, making the whole thing work. From beginning to end, this issue is a tour de force.
Comic WatchThis was an astonishing story, told with passion, skill, and more than a measure of contemplative thought. This story reminds us of what comics can do, what they can be, as an art form. This series stands tall amidst the rubble of lesser attempts, promising something entirely better.
ComicBook.comThe opening sequence featuring Magneto's last words is absolutely gutting and this issue could stand on the strength of that extended soliloquy and the soulful portrayals of both Magneto and Storm alone. That it immediately pivots back to the political upheaval of Arrako and the series' own central conflicts is a testament to the most effective event tie-in since Gillen was writing Journey Into Mystery. While the sequences read as separates segments, they pair well together like an epilogue followed by a prologue – as one chapter closes, another opens. The ways in which that reshuffling of the Great Ring unfold are every bit as inventive and surprising as Ewing has made past conflicts. Individual powers and logic problems are addressed with cleverness that can't help but draw attention to itself. X-Men Red has already made Arrako the most exciting locale in all of X-Men comics and the most recent tie-in issue redounds to that truth.
Major SpoilersI’m on the fence about what I think about the direction of X-Men Red. I don’t know what is going to happen next issue. Despite that, the creative team has a vision, and I’ll be interested to see what they do with Storm and the rest of the Great Ring.
Comic Book RevolutionAl Ewing and Stefano Caselli do a wonderful job handling Magneto's death and Isca The Unbeaten previous betrayal. Both showcase what has made X-Men: Red one of Marvel's best comic books is the emotional connection with every character on this title. Its that emotional connection that make even the brief moments where X-Men: Red #7 stumbles a bit does not take away from how engaged you are in what takes place in this comic book. Magneto's final moments in particular makes X-Men: Red #7 a must read.
The Comicbook DispatchX-Men Red #7 directly follows up after the events of A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 and shows the fate of Magneto and the people of Arakko. On top of that, it resolves the matter of Isca The Unbeaten and her betrayal, brief as it was, but the encounter proves to be both intriguing and anticlimactic. However, the ending does bring the promise of something better and certainly more exciting happening in the next issue.