There is a time of change for the mutant nation of Krakoa. Can the mutant nation have unity before Orchis finally gets the upper hand? Find out in Inferno #1 by Marvel Comics!

INFERNO #1 (OF 4)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Editor: Annalise Bissa
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: September 29th, 2021 

Previously in Inferno: Check out the miniseries that marks the next chapter for the mutants of Krakoa! After faking Moira’s death, she has been living in the Krakoa blackout zone. Meanwhile, the Quiet Council of Krakoa has a few empty seats that must be filled. While Krakoa is powerful, the government is still young and naïve and must figure out how to stabilize before it is too late.

BLAST FROM THE PREVIOUS PAST

Inferno #1 has a lot of things going on. There is a glimpse of Orchis working on their Nimrod robot, learning how to fight mutants, and understanding a little bit about their resurrection prosses. When Orchis realizes something is off by one of the Krakoan portals they are monitoring, they begin to mobilize against them. There is also a scene from one of Moira’s past lives where she is attacked by Destiny and Mystique’s brotherhood of mutants and killed violently.

In the present, Magneto and Charles Xavier are meeting with Moira and tries to ask for advice. After a bit of arguing back and forth, she finally tells them to worry about the robot Nimrod and not to resurrect Destiny. She then pleads to get rid of Destiny’s DNA and remove Mystique from the Quiet Council. Xavier and Magento destroy Destiny’s DNA and start to prep the Quiet Council to replace empty seats while also insinuating that leadership changes must happen. Before they can make their case against Mystique, Mystique tells them her council nomination. Mystique has gone behind their back and resurrected Destiny before her DNA was destroyed and the Council must now vote to accept her into the Quiet Council.

FALSE START

There is a lot of content in Inferno #1. Being a double size issue, I guess that isn’t surprising, but it still reads surprisingly slow. There is a lot going on in each page and I am unsure of where to start dissecting the book for content. I think we are supposed to focus on Moira the most, but she doesn’t feel like a main character. This had to deal with an unclear inciting incident.  Were we supposed to focus on Moira’s death by Destiny or perhaps the Orchis mobilizing? But in actuality these story points felt like false starts to the story because they were designed as exposition. The inciting incident is actually Destiny joining the Quiet Council. But it leaves the reader confused and uncertain by the time we get to that point.

But maybe that is a harsh criticism, and it is just my English background brain overthinking it. The story itself is solid and now that we have the hook we can focus on the plot and the great ideas that are coming from it. With solid art, I think this is a series to look out for.

BOTTOM LINE: ROCKY START

I love Jonathan Hickman’s interpretation of the X-Men. While I think this issue didn’t have start well, I am hopeful for a great miniseries, and I am excited to see Moira back in the limelight. 3.5 out of 5 for Inferno #1.


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Inferno #1 (of 4)

Inferno #1 has some great ideas that needed a little bit of reorganization to have that engaging start.

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