Wednesday, November 4, 2015

X-Tinction Agenda #4 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

Guggenheim really wraps up this series nicely.  The two teams are forced to work together to take down a resurrected Hodge, and Di Giandomenico and Woodard do a great job of showing us just how epic of a battle it is.  Unlike "Age of Apocalypse," Guggenheim and Di Giandomenico have always done a great job of making it easy to keep everyone's allegiances straight.  (I'm not sure what technique they used that Nicieza and Sandoval didn't, but there you have it.)  As such, when the two teams combine, it makes it all the more impactful, since you know why it's a big deal.  Moreover, it really sets up the ending:  Havok, Rahne, and Tabitha sacrifice themselves to kill Hodge, and Rachel realizes that the teams need to unite as the X-Men once again to resurrect a devastated Genosha.  If the test of these "Secret Wars" tie-in series is whether or not they portray a believable future of previous events, this one really succeeds.  It might not be the best of the bunch, but it's a solid entry in the contest.

*** (three of five stars)

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