Inhumans vs X-Men #6 Review

Posted March 8, 2017 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire

Art by: Leinil Francis Yu

Publisher: Marvel Comics

The fight for the future of our planet comes to a close with a bang.

This book serves not just as finale for the I vs X story-line, what it also serves as is a new status quo in both X-men and Inhumans comics. It is going to be interesting where things go from here, but as it stands, this was a relatively satisfying ending if not a little bit rushed. Some things were just too convenient and did not make much sense.

Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire did however manage to put a story together out of what really seems like Marvel trying to reinvent themselves, and through stories like these, are trying to find a new footing and really a new direction for their universe as a whole. Soule and Lemire have managed to set up a pretty interesting premise with this story especially with what is going to happen with Medusa after the way this story ended. There are some interesting interactions between several of the characters, especially Logan and Human Torch, and even Emma Frost and Magneto, that  add some additional charm to the book. Where this book falters as many other Marvel event books is at the fact that it doesn’t look like the writers have a lot of creative freedom to play with these events and characters, and overall just looks like to serve a greater scheme of creating another event, or another wrench in the Marvel universe. Well oiled cogs in a machine sort of speak, and it is a shame, as both Lemire and Soule are very talented writers.

Leinil Francis Yu comes back to finish off the book, and his art was missed, with his unique take on the both Inhumans and X-men, and he is never going to disappoint with seemingly he is always tasked with doing these epic story-lines for Marvel. He did Secret Invasion, and Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk prior to this and he never disappoints when it comes to these epic clashes. There are some panels here that just jump off the page, and it is just something that was missing in previous issues of this book. The final clash between Inhumans and X-men was executed perfectly and the series as a whole would probably be lot better if it had the same intensity as some of these panels.  And Yu was always a master of getting the most out of every battle scene, as proven here as well as his previous work.

Overall this issue served a pretty good closing point for this versus chapter, even though at the end it did seem a bit shallow in a sense not so much the writing is bad in these books per say, it is more a question of just how much freedom these writers really have as in the greater scope of the Marvel universe. It seems like Marvel’s answer to everything is events events events, prior to this we had Civil War II, and now after this we will have Secret Empire. It would be good if they would give some time for these events to bare fruit sort of speak, because ultimately if you keep changing the status quo every few months, none of this really matters. But if you are a fan of X-men or Inhumans you will get a kick out of this book, just don’t expect anything earth shattering.

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