Inhumans Vs. X-Men #6 – it’s finally here, and with it, the end of this controversial chapter in Inhuman-X-Men history. Despite a strong start, this event series dipped in quality a bit. But I’m happy to report the conclusion – by writers Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule and artist Leinil Francis Yu – delivers a satisfying end to this misguided war between species.
Inhumans Vs. X-Men #6 (Marvel Comics)
We open where we left off, in Iceland (seems like everybody’s going to Iceland these days), where Magneto is about to drop a Blackbird on both parties. Thankfully, he doesn’t (because then you’d be paying $4.99 for a three-page comic book). But tensions are high as the X-Men and Inhumans prepare for their final battle, with the killer Terrigen Cloud approaching in the distance.
Making matters worse is the fact that Emma Frost, who sparked this entire conflict back in Death of X, makes it clear she’s there to kill the Inhumans. Yes, just as AVX slid Cyclops into the villain camp, Marvel seems determined to do the same with his former companion in IVX. We all saw it coming, there just seems to be no coming back from this one, which should upset Emma fans who enjoyed seeing her X-leadership role.
Emma is also a bit unhinged these days. At one point, she tells Karnak, “Flawed? Flawed? I’m perfect, you weird little–” before being cut off. Emma, chill. Save your crazed rants for Twitter. Around 3 a.m. seems like a popular time to post them.
If you enjoyed the all-out action of IVX #1, you’ll be happy to see this issue is loaded with a number of dynamic images courtesy of Yu. From Emma piercing Black Bolt’s armor with her diamond arm to Magneto unleashing his destructive fury.
It’s truly great to see Yu back on art for the final installment of this series. While Javier Garron is a capable artist, his pencils can be cartoony at times (like when Magneto was possessed by Mosaic in IVX #4). With stakes so high for both species, this series requires gritty images that carry the weight of the overall story. Fortunately, Yu is up for the task.
On the writing front, Lemire and Soule deliver a strong script that manages to surprise halfway through the story. I won’t spoil it, but the battle definitely takes a cool turn that keeps the fighting fresh.
As Marvel seems to unleash an event series every other month, they can become a bit formulaic. For example, the final issue of any of these mini-series often wraps up the plot then spends the final pages setting up new books you just have to buy! That really isn’t the case here, as that’s what the upcoming X-Men: Prime and Inhumans: Prime are going to do, but IVX #6 certainly hints at the new status quo for the two species – and one specific character.
In terms of complaints, it’s clear this event didn’t have to stretch out across so many books. And unfortunately, moments that should have received more of a spotlight are covered in too few panels, such as young Cyclops’ confrontation with Emma over the damage she’s inflicted on older Cyclops’ legacy.
But overall, I’m just very happy to put one of the darkest periods in X-Men history behind me and move on to the next story – even if it’s a “back to basics” approach that could pander to longtime fans more than it X-cites.