- November 17, 2021
S.W.O.R.D. #10 Review
Written by: Al Ewing
Art by: Jacopo Camagni
Coloring by: Fernando Sifuentes of Protobunker Studios
Lettering by: VC’s Ariana Maher
What I love about this era of X-Men is how it takes the time to give lesser-known characters their due. This also–thankfully–has given lesser represented groups time with characters like them. What the creative team does in S.W.O.R.D. #10 by setting up an arc for Wiz Kid, is promise a story about a disabled person next.
Wiz Kid has always been a part of Ewing’s S.W.O.R.D., but #10 is the first time it’s about him. We get to see his normal everyday routine as he judges mutants and humans for their equal failings. For Krakoa’s saying about equality and letting the disenfranchised mutants live in privilege, they still other people who are disabled.
S.W.O.R.D. #10 doesn’t quite tackle why Wiz Kid doesn’t want to leave his wheelchair but will stave off his dyslexia, but it does promise to. We’ve taken a look into the lives of someone we don’t usually see-through and does so pretty well. I am abled-bodied so take my word with a grain of salt. Talk to your disabled friends what they think for sure.
It also helps that S.W.O.R.D. is the X-series that seems to be pushing along the overall narrative of the X-line the most. Arguably more than the mainline X-Men title, this series has focused not only on the shadow war with Orchis but Storm’s rule over Mars- I mean Arakko. The plot remains intriguing, and with Wiz Kid leading from the front, I see S.W.O.R.D. continuing to be something special. I would get caught up while you still can.