X-Men Hellfire Gala #1
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Kris Anka, Russell Dauterman, Matteo Lolli and CF Villa
Colors by Rain Beredo, Frank Martin, Matt Milla and Matthew Wilson
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: The Hellfire Gala is in full swing, but could the mutant’s secrets bring their nation down around them?
As Krakoa prepares for the Hellfire Gala, the mutants train to find issues with their security. Issues that come into focus when the truth of mutant resurrection is revealed to the world. The gala attracts everyone including the Avengers to the island. Unfortunately, it also brings Orchis as well with a plan to discover who is behind the resurrection. At the same gala, Cyclops finds himself dealing with the consequences of telling the truth and he turns to Emma for understanding.
Proteus finds himself confronting his mother using Mary Jane’s body. An act that attracts Spider-Man and Wolverine. Clea confronts Emma with her desire for help in resurrecting Stephen Strange and a new team of X-Men is formed. Unfortunately, one of the new members is coming in with secrets that might compromise the team and their mission.
The Story: Duggan delivers an entertaining and interesting story that delivers on all of the plot points that have been building through the different story arcs. There is some great tension throughout the story while still managing to be fun, engaging and light. I like the fact that the secrets are starting to come out and that there is a dark tone to the events. It will be interesting to see if the mutants have any allies left considering all the forces gathering against them and the friends they’ve alienated.
The Art: All of the artists bring some beautifully detailed moments together in this issue. The styles are fantastic and the characters look amazing. I love the little details throughout and the crowd scenes are wonderful places to scope out familiar faces.