The rogues galleries of anti-heroes who kill their enemies tend to be small, if not non-existent. In “X” #10, that situation is addressed by some fresh blood coming into town and trying to black it out. How do you think our one-eyed vigilante feels about that? It’s a sight to see how X… expresses himself this month.
WRITTEN BY: Duane Swierczynski
ART BY: Eric Nguyen
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 12 February 2014
You probably know how X will deal with this. The writing in this issue by Duane Swierczynski also feels especially crisp. Some of his descriptions feel nice and grimy and so poignant. This town of Arcadia is just plan insane in ways a Gotham isn’t allowed to be. Maybe that’s the point of X and his story. If vigilantes can run rampant, so can the horribly horrific psychos they hunt.
It’s in the visuals of how X takes care of new players that truly horrify this reader. Artist Eric Nguyen knows how to show how pain can be inflicted and how much agony a face can endure. Mobsters, drunken journalists/oracles, cowboys and glass shattering all make up a gory round at the ultra-violence buffet. The distinctive looks everyone has in this series is great to see evolve. Every body is a different type: some angular, some curvy, some stiff and unflinching.
I’m always curious to see what the end game of these kind of characters is. What if X achieves his goal of a corruption-free Arcadia? Will he take off the mask and retire? I doubt it. Will he be the last crazy violent damaged individual standing? Possibly. But what will he be standing over? A pile of bodies and a city in ruins? That seems to be the trajectory that he’s heading towards. I’ll keep my eye on him to see how he moves his agenda forward and you should too.
Reviewed by – Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady