Champions and having them get ten magic swords so that they can compete in a life or death tournament That by itself is really dumb and sounds like the plot of a video game But what s worse when the tournament starts the swords don t matter at all The book turns into a comedy where instead of sword fighting they mainly have arm wrestling matches drinking contests dance offs I m not kidding either and other stupid shenanigans There are some sword fights here and there but mainly the first half of this huge event where these swords are
ALL ANYONE TALKS ABOUT AND RISKS anyone talks about and risks to get are pointless They have a throwaway line where they handwave this by saying that the swords are really just keys to the tournament but it doesn t really sit right with me I expected sword duels and got riddle contests and spelling bees again not exaggerating The swords were a macguffin used solely to pad this thing out to bloated proportions Another mild annoyance is that all of the big SHOCKER reveals could be seen coming from a mile away view spoilerlike the big bad turning out to be Genesis You can figure that out within the first *few issues of the event without having to rub two brain cells together hide spoiler X of Swords started out *issues of the event without having to rub two brain cells together hide spoiler X of Swords started out strong the first half of the book was really good and it looked like we were heading towards a massive war between Krakoa and Arakko the stakes were extremely high we got introduced to every sword and then the story takes a huge shift in direction and ends up with something entirely differentMaybe it was me and I just didn t see it coming time will tell but at least the last issue delivered my expectations with a freaking epic finale illustrated by Pepe Larraz in fact most of the book was really good artwise except for Mahmud Asrar his art looked pretty poor to be honestInstead of expecting a massive war event like I did ou should think of X of Swords as an new take on the story of Apocalypse and his family as well as a prelude to the new Captain Britain Corps I m sure we gonna hear a lot from Otherworld and Arakko While X of Swords was always going to live in the shadow of House of X Powers of X I think it also fell victim to its own hype Other than pulling from all the Dawn of X titles into one 22 chapter silo it is essentially an elongated role call a series of oddly goofy trials and an Apocalypse side story There s a tremendous emphasis on Otherworld Lady Saturnyne and it almost begs the uestion of whether or not X of Swords is really of an Excalibur event than a large bridge across all the current X men stories And a lot of it felt tacked on they started X Factor right before the event to pull in a few characters from that tossed in one issue of New Mutants so they could grab Magik and Cypher In a way what X of Swords was best at was halting the momentum on each X series for a very meandering supergroup rock album of an event that just makes me want to get back to what I was reading beforehandNow that it is finished X of Swords certainly had its moments but it also has stretches that are dull the swords are kind of a prop and seem completely unnecessary to the whole thing and it is just nowhere near the level of Xmen magic that Mundane Grimoire you want Hickman Co to deliver Ifou re super into Excalibur maybe ou ll feel differently but I am pretty underwhelmed with what transpired over 22 issues not counting the 2 preludes that came before it The X titles just read better individually and without swords Good Even better than House of X and best crossover I ve read in ages. Rces to smash the boardCollects X of Swords Creation 2020 #1 X of Swords Stasis 2020 #1 X of Swords Destruction 2020 #1 X Men 2019 #12 15 Excalibur 2019 #13 15 Marauders 2019 #13 15 X Force 2019 #13 14 New Mutants 2019 #13 Wolverine 2020 #6 7 Cable 2020 #5 6 Hellions 2020 #5 6 X Factor 2020 E bit That alone is nearly award winning Toss in the creation of double digit new characters some of whom appear to be sticking around for awhile and there is a lot happening here Enjoy the moments Storm and Magik receivePlus Hickman created a new status for the Captain Britain Corps showed Saturnyne to be possibly The master manipulator of the Marvel Comics Universe This is a review from reading it in singles My opinionrating might change when I revisit it collected which will probably be next earFirstly this being 22 issues over a number of different books almost put me off I know X men cross over
Stories Have Done That Before But This have done that before but this my first time actually being invested in the current X men title because Hickman so I had decided if I wanted to go all in or notSo I decided to go all inAnd for the most part I really enjoyed it It does lose it a bit in the middle the tournament takes a turn that s a bitwell it s no Kung fu tournament I ll say that But overall I ve really enjoyed the storyX men is such a big brand within Marvel and this recent relaunch spearhead by Hickman has been great for me at least I think this story works because all the books have a destination point of sorts This event was a colossal waste of time It interrupted storylines to provide us with a pointless contest of champions The underlying conceit of this event was that the X Men would each carry special swords to fight other mutants wielding special swords There were multiple issues of filler because this event did not deserve 22 installments Then when the actual contests came about there was very little actual sword fightingThe entire premise was flimsy We had a random group of X Men sent to fight mutants we had never heard of before this *event wielding mostly swords we had never heard of before this event A Wakandan sword was *wielding mostly swords we had never heard of before this event A Wakandan sword was because well doesn t it just seem like those African people should have a sacred sword hidden away somewhere I can honestly say I am not sure we saw anyone actually use said sword but okay Similarly we watched Saturnyne sculpt a sword from the material of the Starlight Citadel with her bare hands A sword we had never heard of before this event A sword that then served no purpose in the plotMy biggest complaint is what I brought up in every review of each individual issueSATURNYNE DOESN T HAVE ANY POWERSShe was an ordinary human from Earth 9 who got swept up in Captain Britain s adventures in the 80s She is not a mutant This particular version of her is not a sorceress although alternate reality versions of her have been magic users It was essential to her character that she worked her way up to a position of importance working with Roma and Merlin at the Starlight Citadel based on her own merits When she and Captain Britain fought the Fury a terrifying techno organic character threatening than Doomsday who literally slaughtered an entire world Saturnyne could only participate in the fight by shooting a massive 90s style gun Now she is replacing Merlin and Roma as the Omniversal Majestrix Writers looked her up saw that she had this job of multiversal importance and then just assumed They seemed to have made assumptions throughout all 22 issues of this event and NOT A SINGLE FUCKING CHARACTER COMMENTED ON THE FACT SHE DISPLAYED POWERS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVERWriting is dead Continuity is dead A hard one to rate This book made me literally roll my eyes and groan in exasperation and et I couldn t put it down So first the main things I hated The plot revolves around finding ten. Mutants will wield the blades Weapons both new and familiar are drawn from their scabbards as the X Men prepare to do mythic battle against a truly daunting foe Jonathan Hickman and his fellow visionary creators who have painstakingly put all the pieces into place during Dawn of X join fo.
Summary X of SwordsThe hordes of Arakko are on their way but to trample *Krakoa they must pass through Otherworld and the Lady Saturnyne has something to say about that Instead of all out war *they must pass through Otherworld and the Lady Saturnyne has something to say about that Instead of all out war proposes a contest To the winner the spoilers But first the competitors must assemble their swordsX Of Swords is a 22 issue crossover with something like 6 of those issues being over sized It s an ambitious project with a huge number of people involved to make sure that the moving parts come off right You d think it d fall apart under its own weight but aside from a little misstep it s
surprisingly cohesive all the way throughThe first half of the book assembling of the swords and *THE NICETIES THAT SATURNYNE FORCES THE X MEN AND *niceties that Saturnyne forces the X Men and s swordsmen to go through is great The way in which the swords are assembled is varied and clever and draws on all of the involved X Men in some uniue ways Then throwing them all together in a big mix gets the blood pumping before the tournament begins That little misstep I mentioned is the tournament itself the third uarter of the story gets bonkers fast as what we thought was just a swordfight turns into something else with and ludicrous contests and score rulings making things seem overly padded and daft It all pulls itself together for the final uarter though with the last three issues or so being a truly perfect endcap to everything that went on in the rest of the bookI was very pleased to see that most of the books involved in this crossover didn t lose their individuality as the story went on either issues of Marauders focused on Storm Cable s solo issues were about him etc So even though there were a myriad of titles swept up they all still felt important without just becoming Part X of 22The artwork was all phenomenal as well most of the artists assigned to each X book showed up while Phil Noto even pulled double duty and pencilled some additional issues as well The three book end issues were Pepe Larraz in all his glory who really has become the era defining artist for Hickman s X epicX Of Swords isn t perfect But given all that it is and all that went in to make it it s also far better than it has any right to be It flags a little around the midway point but it recovers nicely and manages to be entertaining and easy on the eye almost all the way through It started off really well but took so much of time to get going and the first 11 parts were just them collecting swords and then when ou expect the b Yep I will wonder until the end of his run on the X Books how many if any of Hickman s changes last Until then I m along for the ride even after the skepticism I had about this story arc when it was advertised Among other things Hickman has done well is that he managed to take a threat from the debut issue of New X Men decades ago and turn it into a viable supporting character of its own Then he adds because I feel like using this term a dark side version of Krakoa in Arrkko that has been stranded in another dimension Said counterpart had been sealed away because of threats from it and the other dimension and as I write this I think Hickman could write a comics adaptation of the end times going on in Stross Laundry Files seriesIn some ways Apocalypse does resemble Stross Bob Howard in that Apocalypse is doing what he believes is the right things regardless of how much damage his actions does to him or others Never did I think I could become engaged in this IMO pretty lame villain as a main character in a storyHell they even managed to redeem Scott Summer a littl. A tower A mission A gathering of armies Swords will be drawn in the first epic crossover of the astonishing Dawn of X Wolverine the X Men Cable X Force Excalibur X Factor the New Mutants the Marauders the Hellions and the rest of Krakoa’s residents will all feel the effects but which ten.actually surprisingly cohesive all the way throughThe first half of the book