Mystique is partially transforming into Wolverine.

Inferno #4 Review

Written by: Jonathan Hickman

Art by: Valerio Schiti, Stefano Caselli

Coloring by: David Curiel

Lettering by: VC’s Joe Sabino

Magneto and Professor X stand side by side in Inferno #4, with the text, "The Nation's Founders" between them.

I absolutely love the Krakoa Era of X-Men, I’m hardpressed to say there’s a single issue I’ve hated. At the same time, I can’t say there has been anything as amazing as House of X/Powers of X. I have new favorite characters, storylines, and teams, credit where credit is due. But none break the hallowed ground of the story that first changed everything. At least there wasn’t until Inferno #4.

I specifically want to say Inferno #4. While the first three issues are great and hint at so much for the X-Men and mutants, they didn’t send a chill down my spine like this one. They didn’t wrap back around to the beginning recontextualize Krakoa again. While Inferno #3 almost did with the revelation that mutants do actually win in some timelines, that just fixed something that didn’t make sense in House of X/Powers of X.

Mystique partially shifts into Destiny while standing over someone's grave.

After Inferno #4, it feels like the entire Marvel universe has changed again. More than once, what I thought I knew wasn’t true. I don’t want to spoil everything. I think Twitter has gotten really ridiculous with posting spoilers and I don’t want to do that. There are really important twists that I don’t think should be spoiled, and unlike with DC books, you don’t have a day to read them before I do.

There are powerplays, reveals, and discoveries that set up the next phase of Marvel in a way people should love. Inferno #4 may be a sort of goodbye to Jonathan Hickman, but it’s not a goodbye to an amazing X-Men status quo.

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