Yet More Set-Up
I've been enjoying this series since it started with it being one of my favourite series out the now. It has however dropped in quality ever so slightly in some of the last few issues, but overall the story is good, and looks to rise back to it's high standard within the next issue or two.
As the Apocalypse Twins, Uriel and Eimin come closer to their goal Captain America, Wasp and Havok look for some allies.
This was an amazing issue and one of the best the series has produced in the last few months, setting up the next issue perfectly. Rick Remender did a great job of adding a lot of suspense and drama to this issue, as although at the end of the day it was yet another set-up issue it managed to do it in a much more exciting way, adding some shocking developments as well. Remender also did a great job of adding some action to the issue, as although the issue mostly focused on story development, there would be a couple of action sequences that added a bit more excitement to the issue. On top of all that the dialogue in this issue was also handled perfectly, with certain interactions being very intense and interesting.
The artwork on this issue would also be amazing, and it was nice to see Daniel Acuña return for one more issue before Steve McNiven takes over. In saying that however this wasn't Acuña's best work ever, as although for most of the issue it was very highly detailed, there were quite a few imperfections that let the artwork as a whole down a bit. Acuña did however once again produce some amazing layouts in this issue, as although for the most part they were pretty standard, there was the odd moment were it would add a lot more drama and intensity to the story, also being very dynamic. On top of that Acuña also did a great job of showing the character emotions, and his inks and colours help make his art very vibrant.
This issue would start with Havok facing off against Banshee in a fight that started with Banshee against Havok, Wasp and Captain America in the last issue. Although this wasn't the most exciting fight that the series has had so far, it was still extremely entertaining, being a brilliant continuation form last issue. What I loved most about the fight sequence was that it had some interesting narration and dialogue during it, showing how the change of characteristics that Banshee has since becoming a Horseman perfectly. I also enjoyed the teamwork that would come from Havok and Wasp later in the fight.
This issue would also see Wonder Man join Scarlet Witch in helping the Apocalypse Twins. It wasn't this sequence in itself that I personally found interesting, but rather the developments that would come a bit later on in the issue when Scarlet Witch and Wonder Man get a chance to speak in private. Now I won't go into any details at all about that sequence as to avoid spoilers, but I will say that the development was ever so slightly shocking, and that I look forward to seeing how it will play out in the next couple of issues.
We'd also get to see more of the Daken torturing Wolverine in this issue, which I was very happy to see. Much like the Havok/Banshee fight the best thing about this sequence would be the dialogue, with it adding a lot more depth and drama to the sequence. I also especially enjoyed the intensity of the sequence as well, as the emotional drive from both a vengeful son and regretful father made this sequence much more dramatic and suspenseful, also making it much more exciting and entertaining as well.
I will also quickly add that there is a part of the solicit that is wrong, as Sentry doesn't kill anyone in this issue, having very little to do with the issue at all, but I personally wasn't overly bothered with this, though do hope that it will happen in the next issue.
This was a fantastic issue, as although it's still mainly set-up work it did it in a very dramatic way that has me hooked for the next issue. It also had some shocking and intense moments, with some fun action sequences as well. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, and the series so far, as although it hasn't been quite as good in recent months, it's starting to gradually get back to that high level of quality that the first five issues of this story had.