Inhumans and X-Men are at loggerheads after discovering that Terrigen Mists – the chemical that awakens the Inhuman DNA – are killing some mutants. Of course, some mutants aren’t happy with this and choose to fight for their survival. If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it’s being played out right now in Marvel’s Civil War II.

This serves as the story leading up to the big comic Inhumans Vs. X-Men, which comes out in December. Scott Summers makes the discovery that Terrigen Mist is fatal to mutants, and declares war on the Inhumans to save his own kind. The mist means life to Inhumans, and death to mutants. It’s an interesting contrast.

The only thing is, this storyline is heavily predictable. Any tension that is built up in this issue is dampened and softened by our future knowledge and obvious assumptions – this is a big problem with many prequel comics. The action between the Inhumans and tonnes of Hydra soldiers is awesome, but not enough to make this a great comic.

Overall, any kind of impact this story would normally make is diminished because we know how a lot of it will play out. The art is cool and the build-up of tension would work in a normal situation, but it’s not enough. This is the only first issue in Marvel NOW! that we’ve been disappointed with so far. It’s definitely not bad, though.

7.3 Decent

Death of X focuses on the brewing of the Inhumans Vs. X-Men comic that's on the way in December.

  • Action 9
  • Artwork 8
  • Predictable storyline 5

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