Battle The Hate With Marauders #6

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

The Hate-Monger and X-Cutioner have attacked the Krakoan ships, the Marauder and the Upstart. Pyro and Kate try to hold the duo off, but the villains have a good bit of back-up. Donald Pierce arrives to complicate the situation further, but Storm and Bishop arrive to dispel Hate-Monger, X-Cutioner, and Pierce from the ship. The Marauders split up from here, leaving Kate Pryde and Lockheed on their own. This proves dangerous, as Sebastian Shaw, aka the Black King of the Hellfire Trading Company, arrives to enact his betrayal.

Marauders #6 cover by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson
Marauders #6 cover by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson

Marauders #6 finds the team at the mercy of Hate-Monger, X-Cutioner, Donald Pierce, and other non-mutant villains with an urge to wipe mutants from the Earth.

It’s an action-heavy issue which finds the Marauders fighting a miss-matched horde of mutant-hating psychopaths where, seemingly, the good guys win undoubtedly.

That is, of course, undermined by Sebastian Shaw, but saying too much more would be spoiling the finale of the issue. This ending is somewhat predictable, but, I’ll admit, Shaw’s betrayal coming this soon and this dramatically was surprising. I wasn’t expecting the mutant united front to fall apart this soon.

That said, it’s a fun comic and it shows our beloved Marauders fighting against racist, bigoted, mutant-hating villains. It’s intense, action-heavy, and, at times, brutal.

Marauders #6 art by Matteo Lolli, Mario del Pennino, Erick Arciniega, Federico Blee, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
Marauders #6 art by Matteo Lolli, Mario del Pennino, Erick Arciniega, Federico Blee, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Matteo Lolli and Mario del Pennino are the artists on the venture and their art stylings jive with one another quite well. The overall comic looks damn good and the action scenes are brilliant and impactful. Erick Arciniega and Federico Blee give the comic a lively and enjoyable comic palette.

Marauders #6 is another fun issue for the X-Men centric series. We find our heroes fighting a team of mutant-hating bigots and the issue gives us an enjoyable extended throwdown rendered by a very talented artistic team. This one gets a recommendation for sure. Feel free to give it a read.

Marauders #6 comes to us from writer Gerry Duggan, artists Matteo Lolli and Mario del Pennino, color artists Erick Arciniega and Federico Blee, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Russell Dauterman with Matthew Wilson, and variant cover artist Alan Davis with Chris Sotomayor.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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