Hellions #16 Review

by Ryan.L on October 06, 2021

Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Stephen Segovia
Color Artist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Design: Tom Muller
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The fallout carries ramifications for many of the Hellions.
While this was not one of the more action packed or comedic installments of the Hellions series, it still had a fantastic story that really focused on several characters and the ramifications of what transpired at the Murderworld Cloning facility. The reveal that Emma Frost had her own undercover agent in Empath was something I didn’t see coming and loved every moment of it. I really love how this series has given a spotlight to Empath. While he is a morally questionable mutant, this series and issue especially gave us a deeper look into what he might be hiding under the façade he puts on. There is an interesting conversation between him and Emma in this issue. The artwork beautifully shows without Empath even actually saying any words what he truly feels about his teammates and what transpired. It helps to really make the character more relatable by showing some growth. Will we see a changed Empath after this? It might be too early to tell, but I know one thing for certain, I need a lot more Empath in my x-books going forward.
There is also an interesting conversation between Kwannon and Cyclops. This issue puts the timeline of the previous events right after the first issue of Inferno. She is obviously rattled after the loss of her daughter in the previous issue. While in Inferno she stepped up to become a captain, these events now seem to have her questioning her place on Krakoa. The conversation with Cyclops raised some interesting questions and has me really interested to see where her place on Krakoa will be next. If at all.
Havok and his long overdue redemption. While in this issue he was not really redeemed, we did get to see a great interaction between himself and Emma Frost. That conversation had me feeling like Havok was no longer going to be dragged through the mud. That he could finally be taken back to the outstanding character that he was for decades. I have loved Havok for years and felt he has gotten a raw deal. Now it looks as though things will finally look up for him. It’s long overdue but I’m so happy it's finally happening. This conversation with Emma also confirmed something that was teased in the artwork for issue eighteen. I’m so excited for that issue to come out now you have no idea.
Overall Hellions managed to show us that even a more low-key issue could pack just as much of a punch as the more action or comedic installments of the series. There are some fantastic character moments in this issue alone that reinforces why this has been and continues to be one of the top x-books being released.

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