S.W.O.R.D. #7 Review

by Ryan.L on July 29, 2021

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Color Artist: Protobunker’s Fer Sifuentes-Sujo
Letterer: VC’s Ariana Maher
Design: Tom Muller
Publisher: Marvel Comics
This was an interesting issue. It is a tie-in issue to the Last Annihilation event. This series cannot seem to get away from constant tie-ins to events and we are only on issue seven. This one though is a little bit different from King in Black. Where you didn’t need to read the King in Black event to be able to really follow what happened in the S.W.O.R.D. tie-in issues, this one you kind of do. I was a little lost at first reading this issue as I’m not following the Last Annihilation. This issue just sort of hit the ground running and I really didn’t know what was going on. Hulkling does give a short briefing to Captain Glory so we get brought up to speed somewhat, but I don’t feel it was enough. A good portion of the issue follows Hulkling and his team.
Where this book did shine really well was the scenes with Storm and Doctor Doom having dinner on Arakko. Fans have been saying for years that Storm needs more to do and act more like the goddess we all know her to be. We really get to see her step up and be just that in this issue. I found myself wanting more of the interaction between her and Doom. It was far more interesting than what was going on with Hulkling and his team.
We also get to see some of the shadiness of Abigail Brand. She has many secrets and we get teased about some of them in this issue. I hope that they don’t come back to haunt her as I think this is the best iteration of S.W.O.R.D. we haven't yet.
While I am not a fan of tie-in issues and usually would advise to skip them unless you are reading the event, but in this series a lot happens that affects the rest of the mutants so you can’t really skip these books. Mysterium is brought up again and the conversation surrounding it will most definitely come into play at some point. Either good or bad for the mutants we have yet to see.
Overall this was an interesting issue. It had some great moments with Storm but it was a little harder to follow if you are not reading the Last Annihilation event.

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