Marvel’s war mongering between the Inhumans and the X-men has been driving me absolutely nuts. It's no secret that this is nothing more than Marvel's war with Fox, metaphorically transposed to page, and it’s affecting our characters and stories! Cyclops is dead. Jamie Madrox is dead. Mutants are dying (more so than Inhumans). Now I’ve long since seen through the fact that Marvel is not actually planning to get rid of the X-men. We now this isn’t the case. Still. Why is Terrigen poisonous to mutants!? It’s one of the most frustrating stories I’ve had to read through. (Yes, even more frustrating than Carol going all Minority Report on us). Let’s give a quick refresher on what’s happening.
The Inhumans are humans whose genetics were altered by the Kree hundreds of thousands of years ago. They have special abilities that can only be activated by being exposed to something called the Terrigen Mists. The Terrigen Mists have no effect on normal humans. If humans breathe it, nothing happens. If an Inhuman breathes it, their genetics are activated, they are wrapped in a cocoon and emerge with some sort of ability. We recently found, however, that when mutants breath it, it causes a disease called M-Pox, and it eventually kills them. The issue is that in an act to transform their people and build their kingdom, the Inhuman royal family has released two Terrigen clouds on earth (before they knew that it could kill mutants, of course). Initially, they X-men and Inhumans worked together to fix the problem (Beast even going so far as to live with the Inhumans and work in their labs), but as time went on, some X-men took it under their own volition to destroy the clouds, and the expansion of the Inhuman population. Thus, War.
The concept isn’t bad when you take remove your love for the X-men and mutants in general from the equation. The problem is that as readers we become emotionally invested in these characters, and don’t want to remove our love for the X-men and mutants from the equation. Unfortunately for me, I love both the X-men and the Inhumans. If I had to choose one though, I’m siding with the X-men, no contest, simply because they are literally the first comic I ever remember reading. Still, I hate seeing two very loved teams fighting against one another.
The writing is good. Excellent even. I didn’t think I would like Death of X (because it told the story of how Cyclops died), but I did. The next event, presently ongoing, is Inhumans vs. X-men (IvX). I didn’t think I would like it, but alas, I’m again, presently surprised. The X-men don’t have the level of power that the Inhumans due (mainly thanks to Blackbolt) but the story is taking a trick from 80s and 90s X-men books, and using what they do best- Team work and planning. There has never been a team with greater team tactics and planning than the X-men. We might thank the Danger Room for that.
So far, both teams are showing hands I haven’t seen before, and I feel that we are getting a chance to see people on both sides show the extent of their abilities. I can’t tell you how much I loved seeing Medusa put her war gear on. It’s probably one of the most awesome and brutal depictions I’ve seen of the character ever. Furthermore, I’m enjoying the conflict arising from certain methods- such as the X-men making the mistake of putting Inhumans on Limbo to keep them “safe.” Kind of hard to do with demons and a Emplate controlled “M” running around.
At the end of the day, we know that both teams are going to emerge from this somehow, due the previews of the RessurXion books, but I’ll be glad when it’s over. It’s an emotionally disturbing event, but I’m glad we have good writers attacking it nonetheless. Many thanks to Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire for doing some amazing writing as well as Leinil Francis Yu on some incredibly compelling art. Let us see how the event turns out in the end.