The Hellfire Gala kicks off this week and in Hellions #12, the team crashed the party. Outside of Havok, Sinister, and Kwannon, the Hellions weren’t invited to the party — but they still showed up.
Hellions #12 is one of the least eventful issues in the series, often feeling a bit aimless. It’s like Wells was told he had to write a Hellfire Gala issue and wasn’t quite sure what to do with that concept for this team at the same time. It certainly doesn’t forward any plots the series has been working toward, save for the final panel being a bit ominous.
While Hellions #12 feels a bit directionless at times, at the same time, it’s never dull. There’s a lot of fun in this issue and things are certainly happening despite them not having much of a larger point. Wild Child getting more of a spotlight is an intriguing idea, as the character is often relegated to the background. Acknowledging his past with Aurora is an interesting angle I wasn’t sure anyone would ever touch on either.
Most of Hellions #12 knows how light it is, with humor taking a front seat. Outside of Wild Child and Aurora, Havok’s concerns about Madelyne are the juiciest bits of plot being sewn in. He’s told to trust the Council and their decisions, but it’s clear Havok isn’t quite convinced with that. The ongoing concerns with the Council’s actions across titles is certainly headed somewhere, and it’s one of the more interesting parts of the Dawn of X/Reign of X era.
Segovia’s pencils shine once again and while the issue is a bit directionless, Wells’s writing is witty as always. Hellions #12 doesn’t change the course of the title, but it is a fun time.
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