Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Cover Price: $3.99
The times, they are a-changin’.
Look, as a huge Marvel fanboy, I’ll totally admit I’ve been head-over-heels in love with this book since issue 1. That being said, I’ll also admit that it’s had a couple less than perfect issues, recently. Issue 12, however, gives me hope.
If you followed AXIS at all, you know that Medusa, Queen of New Attilan, had her mind/personality altered and got all dark side for a few issues. Issue 11 ends with her finally shaking off her altered state and returning to New Attilan as it was coming under attack from Ennilux.
The issue opens on a few of the NuHumans getting their first real taste of action. Naja, Inferno, and Flint face hundreds of Enniluxian soldiers with Frank in a sort of leadership role. The art in these panels is fantastic and I loved the bonds that started to form when our younger protagonists finally joined the fray.
In a risky move, Soule takes the focus off of the huge battle being waged on Attilan soil and shifts it to the return of Black Bolt and the effect it has on the fragile state of affairs. The King, having been absent from New Attilan up to this point, returns and makes himself at home on his throne, outraging Medusa. If, before now, New Attilan’s Queen hadn’t been entirely the fiery, regal bombshell we all had known for so long, she was back with a vengeance in these panels. Compensating for one of the characters remaining entirely silent, the issue relied heavily on Stegman’s art, here, which was on point. Black Bolt was back in all his glory, as well, seeming very kingly and almost condescending, at times.
The book ends with Black Bolt conceding his throne to Medusa and leaving, Medusa sitting alone and broken-hearted on her throne, and Lineage observing with a pleased smile.
All in all, this issue finally seems to bring things together in a satisfying way, giving us some exciting prospects for future plotlines. While it wasn’t perfect, this was one of the best issues in a while, and this book remains on my must-pull list.