IVX #6 (of 6) (Marvel Comics)
After six issues and multiple tie-ins, the war between the Inhumans and the X-Men draws to a close in IvX #6. While Marvel’s made no secret of hyping up the next installment of the X-Men franchise, ResurrXion, that doesn’t mean that there still aren’t any loose ends to tie up in Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule’s event. Thankfully for us, Soule and Lemire are able to buck the trend of every Marvel event and give us a truly satisfying ending that sets up interesting stakes for not only the X-Men, but the Inhumans as well.
It’s all out war between the Inhumans and the X-Men, but the cracks are starting to show in Emma Frost’s plan. The two sides throw down in a truly epic match up, and Soule and Lemire give both sides pretty ample time in the spotlight. Many of the battles that have been teased throughout the event finally happen, as well as some pretty awesome scenes like Colossus straight up palmimg a laser beam in his hand, and Medusa using razors inside of her hair to attack Psylocke.
But the real surprise here comes when the X-Men learn the truth about why they are fighting the Inhumans. It’s an element that I won’t spoil here, but it’s from the recent Death of X miniseries, so if you hadn’t read that event, you might feel a little left out here. But it’s still a pretty stunning revelation that I honestly wasn’t expecting to witness in this series, and puts a character that’s always been a little morally grey more towards the side of evil again.
Lienil Yu is back on the art duties for this final issue, and after a few issues of fill in artists, it’s definitely nice to have him back. Yu is able to give the throw down between the two teams the epic scale it deserves. There’s really not a bad panel in the entire issue from Yu, so while it sucks that we had to have different artists in the middle of this series, the fill in artists ended up helping Yu deliver a pretty great final issue.
Unlike many Marvel events, IvX not only ended in a satisfying way, but it’s made me interested in what’s to come for BOTH the X-Men and The Inhumans (okay, that might be a stretch). This was a necessary event to get all of the correct players back into place, and while it definitely dragged in some spots, this final issue was well worth reading. Where the two franchises go next, that’s up to Marvel and the creators involved to figure out.