Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
This series continues to be one of the best comics being published today. What Hickman has bee able to accomplish in such a short amount of time is not only impressive, but it could serve as a lesson on how to breathe life back into a franchise. Along with Leinil Francis Yu, he has put out (in my opinion) 4 perfect issues. Each one is standalone and completely unique while also world building in the subtlest of ways. This issue is by far my favorite so far, let me tell you why.
The majority of this issue has no action, instead we see Xavier, Magneto, and Apocalypse flexing their strategic muscles. The Krakoan leaders attend and economic forum to show the humans what real power looks like. Bringing along Cyclops and Gorgon as their "muscle". What at first glance seems like the human leaders extending their hands in peace, their deception becomes clear once Xavier detects two security forces waiting to attack.
As Xavier and Magneto address these deceitful political leaders, Cyclops and Gorgon make quick work of the soldiers. Once they're taken care of, Magneto and Xavier give their final warning. That while Xavier still loves humans and wishes for peaceful coexistence, that next time they won't leave so peacefully. Next time they will reciprocate accordingly.
Hickman's characterization of Xavier and Magneto is by far my favorite part of the book. I don't ever remember liking Xavier as much as I have during this current series. His Magneto is flawless, continuously reminding me why he's one of my favorite characters at Marvel. The relationship between these two former enemies has been one of the best aspects of the X-Men books since Hickman took over and I can't wait to see how it grows from here.
It's not often you get an X-Men book devoid of action yet so exciting. Like I've said, this is one hell of a time to be an X-Men fan. What Hickman and the rest of the creative teams have been putting out is amazing. It's unlike anything else out there and I can't wait to see where it goes next.