Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Matteo Buffagni
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Mystique’s service to Krakoa should bring her the only thing she wants back and if she doesn’t get it, things will get worse for all mutants.
The destruction of the Mother Mold was not the end of the Orchis program and both Charles and Magnus knew that just ejecting the device wouldn’t be enough. They enlisted Raven to perform another task as the team worked to destroy the mutant killing machine; plant a Krakoan gate so they could access the site again. After the team is resurrected, Raven wants what she has been promised, but the return of Destiny is not in the cards until she completes more missions.
After determining that the Nimrod program is still up and running, she returns not only with information that could destroy the mutants, but she is determined to do it herself if she continues to be denied.
The Story: Hickman introduces a new threat to mutants and one that doesn’t come from without, but within. The plot and story are full of tension and the arrogance of both Xavier and Magnus is portrayed brilliantly. One of the things that makes this series so interesting is that the stories and the characters change and evolve in ways that make you wonder whether they are to be admired or feared as they forge a new path for mutants. This story does the same thing as this conspiracy could prove disastrous to everyone. A great issue that adds new tension for the characters.
The Art: Buffagni does some brilliant work with the visuals in this issue. There are some great panels throughout and the concentration on the characters allows for the dialogue to come from expression filled faces. A great looking issue.