The Archon has interrupted the local chaos and mayhem in Arcadia that our one-eyed vigilante is used to. “X” #15 looks to rectify that situation abruptly with lots of bullets and beat downs as a remedy. This issue is nice and tightly paced. All the excess has been trimmed away to keep the throttle down on this escalating story arc. Has X met someone he ultimately can’t take down?
WRITTEN BY: Duane Swierczynski
ART BY: Eric Nguyen
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: 9 July 2014
Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Rich men and gangsters. Both want what the other has. There’s blood and power on one side and legitimacy and sophistication on the other side. They often meet and almost always never end things well. As it usually happens, one forces the other to give them what they want. In our tale, we have the mobster Tango getting the raw (and bloody) end of the deal from would-be Arcadia real estate savior Peter Winter. The odd part of this equation is what Winter is really after. Writer Duane Swierczynski swerved my expectations there as to the motivations of the new, handsome villain in town.
As always, artist Eric Nguyen keeps the world of Arcadia looking dark and angular and distinctive. The training of our hero coupled with the torturing of X’s prisoner was a nice, off-putting and dynamic change of scenery in rapid succession. The gore and violence are also up to par with Nguyen’s previous work in this bloody series. None of his characters look the same in any way which is always refreshing to see in comics.
Knives, bullets, swords and dog food all go flying in this chapter. The beatings are thorough on both sides as are the double-crosses. The cliffhanger is a pretty good hook to see where the havoc train that is X will go next. Things have escalated rapidly and I’m hoping the creators haven’t painted themselves into a corner with this opponent. I’ve come to enjoy seeing the man called X kill everything in sight in the name of his mission. I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.