Powers of X #3 Review - Apocalypse Vs Nimrod "Nuff Said"
Updated: Jun 3, 2020
• Marte Gracia (Colorist) • R.B. Silva & Marte Gracia (Cover Artists)
• Marvel (Publisher) • Get it now from Green Brain Comics
I've liked Powers of X but it's clearly been the lesser of the two series. The story is solid but I've been more interested in the characters featured in House of X. That changes with this issue.
Hickman and R.B. Silva stick to standard storytelling. The annotations are dialed way back and the comic is better for it. The story is set during Moira X's 9th life 100 years in the future in which she allies with Apocalypse. The X-Men of this period break into two teams. One team causes a distraction while a second-team splits to obtain data for Moira so that she has the intel needed for her 10th reincarnation. The ultimate goal to get the information back to the past early enough to stop Nimrods creation.
The beauty of the issue is the atmosphere and tension created whenever Nimrod appears in the book. Thinking back to the late 80's and 90s Nimrod has always been one of the X-Men's most dangerous of enemies. He even gives the deadliest of the X-Men's foes pause when he arrives.
This issue features a direct confrontation between Nimrod and Apocalypse. I've never seen Apocalypse in a heroic light and I'm pretty sure his intentions aren't altruistic. That being said, It's pretty weird seeing him team-up with Wolverine. On paper its a fairly even matchup that would lead into a full on brawl. In reality Nimrod seems to take out Apocalypse with relative ease.
This outcome serves to reestablish Nimrod and his place in the X-Men hierarchy of villains. It also visually illustrates why Moira and the X-Men are so desperate to stop Nimrods creation in the present.
The art is on par with the rest of the series. Marte Gracia deserves special praise for his color work. The linework is great but Marte gives life to these characters, it's a beautiful book to look at. The atmosphere leaves a sense of dread on every page. You know that Nimrod is going to get off of his ass at some point. The question becomes will our heroes survive detection? I'll be reviewing House of X #4 next. The events of this book explains the desperation of the next.
This a beautiful piece of writing and I'm confident in saying that despite my earlier misgivings Powers of X has caught up to House of X in overall quality. This was an amazing issue.