Hey! It’s a new week of comics, albeit one without any obvious picks for Book of the Week. Let’s look at a recent fave then, as well as the rest of my picks for the week in the latest edition of The Pull.
Book of the Week: Way of X #4
This series has a very specific identity, and it owns it so, so, so well, using Nightcrawler as a jumping off point for exploring the nooks and crannies of Krakoan life, revealing some of the cracks in its utopian image. The fact that it’s built off a small crew of outsiders exploring these questions, with Nightcrawler as their insider gaining them credibility, makes it all the more interesting. And this issue finds the ultimate outsider – LEGION – face off against his pappy and ultimate insider, Charles Xavier, with Onslaught – ONSLAUGHT! – in the midst of all of it. That’s a wild sentence to type, but a beautiful one all the same.
Shouts to Si Spurrier, whose bold approach and meticulous nature makes this not just one of the best examples of the ideas this era of X-Men comics is capable of, but one of the best comics period. Pair him with Robert Quinn – someone I’ve heard a bit of skepticism about, even though I believe he’s a strong fit – and you have a title that just completely works, even if it operates as a counterpoint to the rest of the line. Or maybe because it operates as a counterpoint! I don’t know! All I know is this comic rules and I’m ready for more of it.