Written by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Leinil Francis Yu
Colors by Sunny Gho
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: As life on Krakoa settles into a routine, a new rite of passage will force Cyclops and Nightcrawler to question their faith.
There is a new rite of passage for mutants wishing to reverse the effects of what Scarlet Witch did to the mutant population and Aero will make the decision to face Apocalypse and his Crucible.
Scott has questions about the ceremony and its ramifications so he goes to the one mutant who might be able to put things into a philosophical and religious perspective; Nightcrawler. Unfortunately, Kurt has even more questions as the new dynamic of resurrection makes him question his faith and the ultimate resolution of his soul.
The Story: The fact that House of M remains a shadow over all mutants is a brilliant and engaging story point. The fact that even “day in the life” style stories have such emotional and consequential aspects to them are a testament to the world building that Jonathan Hickman is doing with these titles. This is a great issue that doesn’t shy away from the existential ramifications of resurrection or the questions someone like Kurt would have about it and its relation to his faith. I love the tone and the subtle brilliance of every message in this issue and it serves as a great respite from the bigger action surrounding Krakoa.
The Art: Leinil Francis Yu delivers some beautiful art throughout the issue and the story progresses brilliantly through the art. Not only does Nightcrawler get a visually stunning sequence with the tower, but the Crucible is rendered perfectly and captures both the tone and the tension of the story.