Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Carmen Carnero
Colors by David Curiel
Letters by Ariana Maher
The Rundown: In a bid to upend the rules of the upcoming contest, Sinister leads his Hellions on a trip to Avalon.
Empath is resurrected, much to the chagrin of Greycrow. With the rest of the mutants on the hunt for the swords they need for the upcoming contest, Sinister puts forward a proposal to send his Hellions across enemy lines to steal the swords from the Arakkii. A proposal that is met with some scorn, but a vote not only approves the plan, but also that Sinister will lead the team.
Sinister immediately begins making deals to protect himself when the team arrives and Empath and Greycrow have another confrontation that takes a different turn than their previous encounter.
The Story: First and foremost, this is a Sinister story. Sinister is the catalyst and main attraction throughout. Wells does a great job with the humor in the story, but the focus on Sinister marginalizes the rest of the team to a degree that they just seem like mute passengers. I would have liked to see Psylocke confront either Sinister or Empath, but she’s given no agency in this story beyond grunting disapproval. It’s not a bad story, it just focuses too much on Sinister.
The Art: Carmen Carnero delivers some amazing art in this issue. While I would have loved to see more action in the story, the character moments are handled with style and visual flair.