If there is any member of the X-Men that you do not want to pull into your twisted alternate reality, it’s Lucas Bishop. Prisoner X #3 shows us exactly why.
Vita Ayala, German Peralta, Mike Spicer and Joe Sabino put Bishop in the driver’s seat, as he pulls back the curtain on the Danger Room.
Unseen for most of the issue, Bishop confronts the mysterious power behind the Danger Room. Meanwhile, we learn Dani Moonstar’s true role in the prison- using her illusion casting powers to placate the prisoners. This leads to the horrifying revelation of the prisoner manipulating everything… LEGION.
Ayala’s story is so intricately woven that I had to re-read it several times after I got to the last page reveal. They give us a massive mystery, while answering one of the series’ biggest questions. It clicks so well and sets up some awesome conflicts for the remainder of the series. It also does some amazing character building with Bishop, even though he doesn’t show up until the second to last page.
Peralta and Spicer’s work continues to be the MVP of the series. They thoughtfully design the world of each character, giving each of the leads their own unique prison as well as putting their fears on the page. It also builds tension, using the visuals Dani’s unraveling to land the reveal of Legion perfectly.
This is one of the most engrossing psychological thrillers I’ve read in comics in a long time, and with this issue’s stunner, I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
Prisoner X #3 is available now from Marvel Comics.