The X-Men’s Mystique prepares us for a major Marvel crossover event


This week’s X-Men #20 set up a heck of a tease for X-Men fans by announcing that “Inferno” is coming soon. That is, Inferno, the epic and beloved 1989 crossover.

The original Inferno was set ablaze when Madelyne Pryor — a clone of Jean Grey and Cyclops’ ex-wife — made a deal with a devil, transforming her into the Goblin Queen and New York City into her own hellscape, all for the goal of taking revenge on the man who’d abandoned her and her baby, the woman he’d replaced her with, and all of their friends.

This Inferno has been simmering since the beginning of the Dawn of X era, and will doubtless have its own twists and turns, but it still has the rage of a woman wronged at the center of it: Mystique wants her wife, Destiny, resurrected. And if she can’t have that, she’ll burn Krakoa to the ground.

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“When those days come, remember these words: BRING ME BACK,” says the precog mutant Destiny, as Professor X and Magneto approach Moira MacTaggert in her hidden lair. “And if you cannot ... if they will not ... then burn that place to the ground,” in X-Men #20, Marvel Comics (2021).

Image: Jonathan Hickman, Francesco Mobili/Marvel Comics

See, Krakoa is all a part of Professor X and Magneto’s plan with the reincarnating mutant Moira MacTaggert, who holds a grudge against Destiny and all precognitive mutants. They’ve quietly prevented any mutant precogs from being given the gift of mutant resurrection. And apparently the only mutant precog that anybody cares about enough to push for is Destiny, the late wife of Mystique.

Furthermore, Destiny warned Mystique that someday people would refuse to resurrect her. And when they did, Mystique should do everything possible to destroy their works. It seems like this fall, possibly in the new Jonathan Hickman-written but still-unnamed X-Men series coming in September.

“Her skin—” “I know, right?” “Eerie.” Two parents gently unbox their new robot daughter in Made in Korea #1, Image Comics (2021).

Image: Jeremy Holt, George Schall/Image Comics

According to Korean-American writer Jeremy Holt, Made in Korea is his way of casting his own exploration of self in the clothes of science fiction. The first issue is big on world building, outlining a setting in which couples no longer have biological children, but the privileged can drop big cash on never-aging android children. These parents, however, have become the accidental recipients of a fully sentient model.

Bast, in her new form, her dark skin and hair flecked with cosmic stars, streamers in her hair in the colors of the pan-African flag, appears to the assembled Black Marvel superheroes, and then disappears in a burst of light in Black Panther #25, Marvel Comics (2021).

Image: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuña/Marvel Comics

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 50-issue run on Black Panther came to a long-delayed end this week, with many threads tied up in bows — you can read about a bunch of them in or expansive interview. And that included new incarnations for all of the Orisha, Wakanda’s gods, including their chief goddess, Bast. Daniel Acuña does a heck of a job with her new design.

Cecelia and Jessica, two badass women, wear bandannas with fang patterns over their mouths as they welcome Erica into the House of Slaughter. Erica is a tiny, nervous, but curious girl with a black bandanna.

Image: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera/Image Comics

Something is Killing the Children is kicking off a new arc with a brand new focus. We’re flashing back in time to see Erica’s childhood as an inductee to a secret organization of traumatized monster hunters, the House of Slaughter.

Two trafficked women worry that their newest fellow prisoner is in shock as she stares out of the small window of their cell. Then they begin to scream as the woman’s flesh drips and oozes to sqeeze itself through the window, face distending and fingers elongating horribly, in Batman Black & White #6, DC Comics (2021).

Image: John Arcude, James Harren/DC Comics

If you read Batman Black & White #6 for one story, make it “Like Monsters of the Deep,” in which Batman recruits Clayface to help take down a group of sex traffickers. James Harren kills it with this art.

Danarius, a Tevinter mage, demands the treasure hunter turn over “the idol” in Dragon Age: Dark Fortress #3, Dark Horse Comics (2021).

Image: Nunzio Defilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa/Dark Horse Comics

Dragon Age fans are dying of thirst in a desert perpetually, so I thought I’d let any reading this know that Dragon Age: Dark Fortress wrapped up with some hints at the red lyrium idol that seems to definitely be a big part of the next game. We’ll see!



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