What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Marauders #17! After finally seeing what revenge and justice looks like for Kate and Emma, I think we’re all ready to see what comes next for this book. Just like everyone else, there are pieces to pick up for the Hellfire Trading Company. Both because of their own, and due to the events of X of Swords.
One of the main things we begin to take notice of is how control of operations began to change after bringing justice to Sebastian Shaw. It made sense that roles might begin to flip, and that the handling of business might need to change considering the kind of dangers they have faced in the past. In general we were seeing all the moves a good business would make in order to stay in the game. All of this actually gave you more reason to be impressed with this version of Emma Frost. You know that she knows how to manage money and jobs like this, but it always helps to see that process with your own eyes. So as a follow-up issue to what happened in Marauders #16, I would say that this creative team jumped into all of this with a solid gameplan in mind. When things gets sidetracked for an event, sometimes a creative team will allow themselves to lose direction of a story. So far we have been fortunate to see that this is not the case for Marauders, yet.
Speaking of Emma, I didn’t mind seeing that there may have still been some loose ends to deal with after Sebastian Shaw. If everything stopped with just confronting him, than just about anything else could have still happened afterwards. It was great to see that Emma is the smart woman you know she is that there would be no stone left unturned.
Now if there was one thing we knew we should look forward to from this issue, it was a rematch between Storm and Calisto. This part right here I really wanted to jump into, because it was hard to make sense of it. You knew that these two had history, but in this world it would never make sense for the two of them to come to blows, let alone personally, unless one person suddenly decided to act on some buried hostilities. I enjoyed seeing that there was much more to this than what we were seeing on the surface. That there was an importance to one confronting the other given the current state of the mutant nation after the tournament. In the end, it was honestly a beautiful scene. Even now it is good to see that there are books like this one still trying to fully embrace the new mutant culture.
The one thing I loved the most visually was Emma’s newest acquisition. It never ceases to amaze me the things that the mutants can now create, and the touch they will give it to show that they are in control. Aside from this I also continue to love her changes in wardrobe. Right now there should never be an issue where this art team isn’t having fun with something Emma will wear that is unique to her. They actually seemed to have fun with a lot of things in this issue. The playfulness with the characters specifically made for such an engaging issue. Like I for one definitely did notice the exchange of looks a certain two characters gave each other, and things like that I like to see in books like this. Without that? You lose the visual investment in the characters and the way they interact with the world around them.
I wasn’t sure what we were going to get out of Marauders #17 before picking it up, but I’m glad to see that this is still the same genuine book we were talking about before. Some things are changing, while others of course would stay the same.