Marvel's X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 Comic Review | CBR – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn’s X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 offers a smart reinvention of an iconic Marvel villain while teasing a new mutant frontier.
Hot off the heels of Way of X, Onslaught returns to haunt the X-Men in X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1. Written by Si Spurrier with art by Bob Quinn, the issue reimagines Onslaught for the modern X-Men landscape while tackling themes of purpose, forgiveness and growth. It is a thoroughly inventive comic that feels fresh and different from any other superhero story being published right now. At the same time, X-Men: Onslaught Revelation provides breathtaking action and a “big season finale feel” that’ll surely x-cite any X-fan.
X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 picks up where Way of X ended, with Onslaught inside of Professor Xavier’s body as the inhabitants of Krakoa gather for the Cruciball. Nightcrawler and Legion abduct Pixie to purge her mind of the Onslaught infection and gather a team of mutants to destroy Onslaught. Unfortunately, with Professor X under his control, Onslaught is nearly all-powerful and is deleting the backup brain scans of mutantkind. Now, Nightcrawler’s team has to act fast and stop Onslaught from destroying the X-Men once-and-for-all.
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Writer Si Spurrier continues to impress in X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1. Spurrier understands how to balance absolutely insane ideas with engaging character progression. Given the villain’s tumultuous track record, Spurrier’s decision to bring back Onslaught is inherently bold. With that being said, this might be the most organic chapter in Onslaught’s history. He now exists as a specter that haunts the X-Men in their time between resurrections, encouraging them to embrace chaos and disregard life. It is a fascinating idea that perfectly fits within the cracks of the Krokoan age of X-Men and it’s something that only Spurrier could have come up with. Onslaught’s new role also gives Nightcrawler a renewed sense of purpose. For years, Kurt has been lost in a crowded field of X-Men, but the threat of Onslaught has allowed him to step up and prove that he is one of the greatest X-Men leaders of all time.
X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 is drawn by Bob Quinn, who showcases some sensational art. Quinn has a dynamic range and is able to effortlessly transition from huge fights to quiet, dialogue-driven scenes. He breathes life into his characters with distinct body language and expressive reactions. Additionally, his layouts and panel compositions keep things visually interesting at all times. Quinn constantly moves the camera around and fits an astounding amount of visual information into every frame. As if that weren’t enough, Quinn’s new Nightcrawler’s design is a fantastic upgrade to his classic costume and compliments his development over the course of the last year.
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One of the most remarkable success stories of Way of X and X-Men: Onslaught Revelation is the growth of Fabian Cortez. Cortez has been considered to be one of the most detestable X-Men characters for decades, known more for being a pompous jerk than for actually succeeding at accomplishing anything substantial. Spurrier leans into those character beats here and delves into Cortez’s troubled mind, exposing his childhood and how he came to inspire such vitriol. While his new origin doesn’t excuse Cortez of his past actions, it does show that he is not beyond redemption. With the help of the X-Men, Cortez has made substantial changes to himself and is on the path towards a better way of life.
Overall, X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 is an appropriate end to the journey started in Way of X. The over-sized issue is filled with incredible action and impactful character moments. Though other X-Men titles may offer marquee mutants or promise to shake up the franchise’s status quo, Spurrier and Quinn show that there are still significant stories that can be told by revisiting and reimagining classic concepts. Nightcrawler and Legion’s battle with Onslaught is absolutely captivating. X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 is an exceptional read for longtime fans.
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Henry Varona is a writer and comic book connoisseur who never seems to take himself too seriously. He has worked with Midtown Comics, Multiversity, and ScreenRant. Along the way, he has collaborated with some of the biggest names from comics and film, but has never forgotten what truly makes entertainment special – the fans. He’s passionate about wrestling, comics, action figures, and pineapple pizza. You can find him on Twitter at @HAVcomics.


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