Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Nick Dragotta, Russell Dauterman, Lucas Wernek and Sara Pichelli
Colors by Frank Martin, Matthew Wilson, Sunny Gho and Nolan Woodward
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: As Krakoa continues to work to gain influence, the island gathers to choose the new X-Men.
The tension at the Hellfire Gala continues to increase as invited guest Namor finds himself face to face with Xavier and Magneto. As Xavier continues his pitch to have both Namor and Atlantis as allies of Krakoa, the king of Atlantis reveals his true wishes for the world and its people. The meeting does not go as planned. Later that evening, the mutants and other guest including members of the Avengers, gather to see who will become the new members of the X-Men.
Jean reaches out to the mutants to allow them to both lobby and select the new members of the team. When the new team is chosen and revealed, the party continues. Among the guests, more shadowy business is going on as Emma Frost seeks a dangerous object and closes out the gala with a show of her own. One that will connect her to the minds of her guests and possibly mask a threat waiting to strike.
The Story: Even without big, bombastic action, Hickman gives a story filled with tension, drama and intrigue. Both the political drama and interpersonal moments are brilliantly done and fun to see. There is so much deep, rich story to be had in this issue and series that it continues to draw me in as a reader. The new X-Men team is interesting as well and I cannot wait to see what happens with them.
The Art: Every artist brings some brilliant, beautiful panels to each page. The issue is filled with great visual moments and tones that draw the eye.