X-Men #18

Marvel Comics

Written by Gerry Duggan

Art by C.F. Villa

Colors by Matt Milla

Letters by Clayton Cowles

The Rundown: Two Wolverines face a personal reckoning as a bigger threat looms for the mutants.

After rescuing the older Laura from the Vault, the question for the mutants of the Quiet Council becomes what to do with both of them. At the same time, Laura and Synch touch down to help another X Team deal with a nest of vampires. A team that happens to have the younger Laura as one of its members. As the two Wolverines deal with the vampire infestation, they decide to deal with the reality of their existences and lay down some rules going forward.

At the same time, the rest of the X-Men must work together to save an enemy. One whose dedication to destroying them could complicate things going forward. While out in space, someone with a connection to the mutants sends out a final call as an intergalactic threat gets closer to Earth.

The Story: Duggan crafts an entertaining story that deals with some great personal issues among the characters. The story is filled with great dialogue and conflict among the external threats and great action. I love how the complications within the story serve the characters and the bigger arcs as well and I really enjoyed the dark and ominous finale of the issue.

The Art: Villa crafts some beautiful art in the issue. Not only do the characters look great, but the visuals perfectly play into the tone of scenes as well as the tension.

X-Men #18

8.7

8.7/10

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