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A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 annotations

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2022 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

A.X.E.: JUDGMENT DAY #1
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Valerio Schiti
Colourist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Editor: Tom Brevoort

COVER / PAGE 1: Well, that’s the X-Men on the left, the Avengers in the middle and the Eternals on the right. In the background, the looming Celestial that forms Avengers Mountain.

PAGE 2. An ordinary day in New York.

This is the voice of the Machine, originally presented as the Eternals’ artificial intelligence, but which presents itself in the current Eternals series as “the Great Machine that is Earth”. It serves as the narrator of Eternals.

The woman with green hair on the bottom left might be Polaris, not that it really matters.

PAGES 3-4. Recap and credits. Aside from briefly reminding us of the status quo of the X-Men and the Avengers, this mostly relates to events in Eternals. Mr Sinister was abducted from Krakoa in Immortal X-Men #4, as confirmed in A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment.

PAGES 5-6. Tony Stark and Sersi have dinner.

This is a callback to their rooftop dinner in Eternals #5. The last time round, she posed as an ally of Thanos in order to draw out Gilgamesh, and Tony got punched and manipulated a bit. This time it’s reversed as the Avengers ambush her.

That’s the X-Men’s Treehouse headquarters in the background of page 5 panel 1, of course.

“They are such plagiarists. Returning to life is our thing.” Resurrection was indeed introduced to Eternals a few years before it became a feature of X-Men – a parallel that was very obvious when Eternals was relaunched.

PAGE 7. Cyclops and Jean Grey react.

Phoenix. The current Phoenix is Maya Lopez, formerly Echo, who got the Phoenix Force over in Jason Aaron’s Avengers – effectively detaching Phoenix from the X-Men mythos for the moment. If you’re wondering about the whole question of whether having anyone wander around as Phoenix is incredibly dangerous, that’s already been covered in Avengers in a storyline where Wolverine appeared.

Resurrection. The protestors are reacting to the news that mutants have developed a resurrection technology and aren’t sharing it with the rest of the world – as revealed to the public by Cyclops in X-Men #12. Cyclops seems to indicate here that the technology would work for ordinary humans, but the scale of the human population makes that unworkable. (Emma also seemed to think it could be made available to elite humans in Immortal #4, and this would fit with the Scarlet Witch having Cerebro backups.)

PAGE 8. Mystique, Nightcrawler and Destiny.

Population 200,000. I think that figure comes originally from X-Men / Fantastic Four #2 (so apparently the Five haven’t made much headway on the backlog since that issue came out over a year ago). That’s slightly bigger than Aberdeen, if you’re wondering.

PAGE 9. The cast of X-Men Red.

Population 1,000,000. In X-Men #16 (2020), Cypher said there were “about twenty times as many mutants on Arakko as there are here”, but okay – this seems a bit more workable as a balance. Either Cypher was wrong or the Arakkii have whittled their numbers down in their periodic bouts of gladiatorial enthusiasm. At any rate, it seems that in population terms, Arakko is roughly equivalent to Birmingham.

Olympians and Titans. Mythologically, the Olympian Gods replace the Titans. The original concept for the Eternals presents them as the true figures who were mistaken for gods in Earth’s past, hence their home being Olympia. Their opposite numbers, the Deviants, were supposed to be the “real” demons. This doesn’t fit very neatly in the Marvel Universe, but it’s by no means obvious that Jack Kirby intended the Eternals to be part of the Marvel Universe. At any rate, while Magneto is notionally citing Greek mythology, he’s effectively saying that the mutants have superseded the Eternals as the “new gods”.

This also dovetails somewhat with events in Eternals, which has established that the actual function of the Eternals was to keep the Deviants in check while the Deviants served the more important function of stabilising the “necrofluids” (from the early issues of Aaron’s Avengers) that enabled humans to develop superpowers. Since humans have developed superpowers, the Deviants and the Eternals have both completed their purpose, but the Eternals are locked into acting it out forever anyway. So they’re literally old gods whose time has passed.

PAGES 10-13. The Avengers interrogate Sersi.

“Last month, you Eternals snuck into Avengers Mountain…” Iron Man is summarising Eternals #10-12.

“Sersi was an Avenger.” Sersi was a member of the Avengers for a decently long stretch, between 1990 and 1994.

DruigEternals #12 ends with Thanos being defeated and the scheming Druig taking his place as Prime Eternal.

“A society my friends and I have left.” Sersi was one of a group of Eternals (including Ikaris, Thena, Kingo, Phastos and Sprite) who left the main Eternals society in Eternals #6 after learning that a human dies every time one of them is resurrected. Their aim is basically to find a way of breaking out of their programmed role.

PAGE 14. Druig addresses the Eternals.

“Correct excess deviation.” Like Krakoa, the Eternals have three central rules. “Correct excess deviation” was identified as the third principle in Eternals #1 (of the current run). A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment gives the first two as (1) protect Celestials, and (2) protect the machine, though they may have been mentioned earlier. The Eternals are compelled to obey these rules, but Eve of Judgment notes that there is “significant room for interpretation”. In interviews, Kieron Gillen has cited Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics as an inspiration here; Asimov wrote a lot of short stories based on his apparently simple three laws for AIs, and how they can lead to logical contradictions or be reasoned around.

“Correct excess deviation”, specifically, is mainly directed at dealing with Deviants who have gone out of control. Druig is rationalising that the mutants can be brought within this rule on the view that all superpowers are ultimately derived from the Deviants, and the mutants have gone too far. Of course, the whole point of the Deviants (per Eternals #12) was to create superhumans on Earth, so this is not what you’d call a purposive interpretation of the rules – but it’s one that’s open to Druig.

PAGE 15. Druig agrees to release Uranos.

Uranos is a long-imprisoned Eternal whose back story is covered in the recent Eternals: The Heretic one-shot. Basically, he winds up concluding that the best way to protect the Earth is to wipe out all the people on it.

PAGES 16-17. Druig and Moira.

This picks up from Moira meeting with Druig at the end of X-Men: Hellfire Gala #1.

The Damocles Foundation is basically Druig’s corporate front for our purposes. It originated in John Francis Moore’s X-Force run, where it was an alliance of Eternals, Deviants and humans trying to put their differences aside and create a new race of superhumans.

“Thanos met Uranos when he was on Earth.” In Eternals: The Heretic.

“Destiny told Mystique that if the mutants refused too bring her back from the dead, Mystique should burn it all down.” First shown in a flashback in Hickman’s X-Men #6. Moira insisted throughout the Hickman run that Destiny must absolutely not be resurrected. She seems to be giving Druig the impression that she turned on Krakoa when Destiny was resurrected against her will, although of course she was actually driven out.

PAGES 17-20. The Eternals attack Krakoa.

Egg. The member of the Five who creates the vital eggs that are used to incubate new bodies for the purposes of resurrection. In the cutaway at the start of page 17, Wolverine refers to him as “Goldballs”, which was his codename when he was a comic relief character in the Brian Bendis run.

“The Eternals. They hold no grudge that we know of.” “All the foreshadowing for this story was in their book!”

The Uni-Mind is a psychic collective intelligence formed by Eternals merging together, first seen in Eternals #12 (1977).

Druig’s plan is for the Uni-Mind to distract the Quiet Council so that the Krakoans will be leaderless. This doesn’t even remotely work because the X-Men show up to lead the resistance. Part of the point here may be that the Quiet Council isn’t actually all that important to leading Krakoa in a crisis at all – and Druig is misreading where the real leadership lies. (Or potentially lies.) However, Druig also has better ideas.

PAGE 20. Something happens on Arakko.

This is Uranos attacking Arakko, as we learn later on.

PAGES 21-24. The Eternals try to kill the Five.

Druig has figured out that killing the Five should do the job because they’re apparently irreplaceable. This is, obviously, the single point of failure in the whole scheme (and begs the question of what happens when one of the Five dies of old age, incidentally).

The guy fighting Wolverine is Jack of Knives, a mercenary Eternal.

PAGE 25. Egg and Cable are resurrected.

Luckily for Krakoa, the only member of the Five to die was Egg, who’s already completed his contribution when he makes the eggs. So, as long as he’s got some eggs in reserve, he can be resurrected by the other four.

We’ve also been told that the Five routinely make new bodies for Proteus (since he burns through them so quickly), but it’s not clear that this is actually part of the resurrection process. Generally, we’ve been given the impression that the others are not substitutable – though it’s not entirely obvious why Tempo or Jamie Braddock couldn’t be subbed in to replace Tempus or Proteus in a push.

PAGES 26-27. Uranos returns to his cell.

Page 26 certainly seems to suggest that Uranos has killed at least Magneto (whose helmet is lying broken in the wreckage) and Abigail Brand (whose glasses are in the foreground). Resurrecting Magneto and Storm would be an issue, because in X-Men Red #4 they both agreed to surrender their immortality in order to conform to Arakkii norms.

PAGES 28-30. Druig addresses the public.

“I could use telepathy, but we consider that intrusive and crass.” Druig is alluding to Professor X’s worldwide telepathic announcement of the founding of Krakoa in House of X #1. He’s also sucking up to the quality of humans’ mobile phones, which are not remotely impressive technology as far as he’s concerned.

The Hex have been mentioned from time to time in Gillen’s Eternals, but this is the first time we’ve actually seen them.

PAGES 31-33. Ajak and Makkari arrive at Avengers Mountain.

In Eternals #12, Ajak learned the truth about the Eternals and Deviants’ functions, and essentially concluded that the Celestial religion she had been worshipping for a million years was merely part of her programming to keep her in line. Her plan is apparently to use the dead Celestial which currently forms the Avengers’ headquarters to alter the Eternals’ Celestial programming. That would allow her to end the war but, though she doesn’t say it, it would also presumably achieve her more pressing aim of allowing the Eternals to escape their programming and take control of their own destiny.

PAGES 34-35. Trailers.

 

 

Bring on the comments

  1. Diana says:

    Well, if we were hoping for someone to make sense of Moira, it’s apparently not Gillen – unless we’re meant to think she’s being wildly self-deceitful and egomaniacal in claiming the mutants “betrayed” her when she was secretly planning to wipe them out via her cure

  2. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    This was a fun start.

    I don’t think the narrator at the beginning was the Machine from Eternals.

    I think it’s either…

    A) a new machine for Earth, possibly a “bad” one.

    B) the old machine, altered or corrupted.

    C) a new machine for Mars.

    Note the red coloring of the text blocks.

  3. Diana says:

    Also, wasn’t there a data page early in the Dawn of X period that specifically talked about possible replacements for the Five? I seem to remember Synch and Mr. M being mentioned, but certainly Rogue, Fabian Cortez, Jamie Braddock and so on would presumably do the job just as well

  4. Asteele says:

    For reasons that probably are not good ones I actually bought this. Probably the first New Marvel comic I’ve read in several years. Does all the art look like this now? It’s terrible!

  5. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    What’s good art?

    Jim Lee?

  6. Ceries says:

    The requisite mob of humans shown at the beginning and end, as usual, appears to be considerably more racially diverse than the actual X-men team. This does odd things to the mutant metaphor, especially in an era where the mutants are so racialized.

    I think it’s partly because the writers and artists are conscious that New York is itself a very diverse city, so they seek to portray that in crowd scenes-but it stands out with the X-men, who haven’t really developed on that front since Claremont.

    Because what we’ve got here is a nameless sympathetic black woman with a dead daughter who’s angry that only white people (and Storm) get to live forever, who is then shown celebrating the impending mutant genocide. In a franchise so deeply concerned with metaphor, that’s a very notable one.

    Between this and Emma’s moral posturing to the Chinese ambassador in the last issue of Immortal, I don’t think Gillen is totally unaware of the racial dynamics he’s setting up-though a third incident where a white X-men character is contrasted against a nonwhite human over mutant immortality would be needed to convince me completely. Where he’s going with this if it is deliberate, though, I have no idea.

  7. Asteele says:

    I was re-reading Moore’s Providence earlier today and it is light years better the coloring is insanely shiny and aggressive. Not for me!

  8. Chris V says:

    Well, yeah, when you’re going to compare a comic aspiring to literary respectability with the next blockbuster corporate superhero crossover, you may find this to be lacking. I don’t think the comparison is exactly fair.

    Diana-I don’t remember that. I think it may have been for something else. The backstory was that Moira specifically bred Proteus for the purpose of the resurrections, so I don’t think they had replacements for The Five lined up. The Five were supposed to be developing a collective consciousness through working together also.

  9. Asteele says:

    (Having now finished it). Given that Orchis is a deep state stand in, it does seem like they shouldn’t be teaming up with people who are invading the western seaboard with giant robots. Government oversight really is a mess in the Marvel Universe!

  10. Omar Karindu says:

    A few of these bits were set up earlier, oing back tot he 2006 Eternals series by Neil Gaiman and John Romita, Jr.

    Issue 6 of the 2006 series establishes that “the Machine” is “planet Earth” in dialogue on page 8, panel 1.

    Page 15 through 18 of that same issue confirms that the Eternals must act to prevent others from harming a Celestial. On page 18, panel 1, Ikaris states that “I’m just designed to protect Celestials.”

  11. GN says:

    Uncanny X-Ben> I don’t think the narrator at the beginning was the Machine from Eternals.

    I agree, it’s subtle but the narrator is not the Machine. The Machine’s captions were blue lettering on black boxes whereas this new entity has pink? lettering on black box captions.

    Also, this narration says “I do not yet exist”. The Earth Machine (created by the Celestial First Host to guide the Eternals) is over a million years old.

    We know two things about this Narrator:

    a) The Narrator is like the Machine – similar captioning style indicates Celestial origins for both
    b) The Narrator is very powerful – they are speaking through time to the reader (at a moment prior to the point of their birth within the story)

    Putting this together, I believe the Narrator is the New Celestial that will be raised out of Avengers Mountain. Not necessarily the Progenitor resurrected, but a new kind of Frankenstein Celestial based on its corpse + the remains of Tiamut (from the Utopia era).

    I think the ‘Eternals vs mutants’ portion of this story is just the first act. In order to end an endless war, Ajak, Makkari, Iron Man and Mister Sinister will raise a new Celestial. This Celestial will indeed end the Eternal-mutant war, but it will not stop there – a God’s purpose is to judge, and it will judge the entire planet. Judgment Day.

    “Who is the hero? We will find out.”

  12. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Yes that’s also possible.

    I wonder if they’re going to make a Celestial that’s a bit more…. human?

  13. Allan M says:

    The Arraki truly are the Worf of the X-Men universe – a race who endlessly prattle on about how they are a proud warrior race with millenia of martial heritage who never surrender, and proceed to get stomped by anyone vaguely competent. What a pack of losers. Good riddance.

    Also, I think Isca officially has the most useless mutant power imaginable. She cannot lose! Unless it’s important in which case she can! She shattered Betsy for nonsense magic reasons (who got better immediately) and has otherwise been foiled 100% of the time. She’s really circling the drain for me of all-time X-character failures alongside Graydon Creed, Birdboy, and Cardinal Panzer.

  14. Rob says:

    Yeah, I also read the narrator as being the voice of the new Celestial. After all, it says on page one that he doesn’t yet exist, so it can’t be the Machine.

  15. K says:

    Well, how will Ewing write himself out of his entire cast getting killed off screen?

    And that’s just the first of three crossover issues!

  16. tq says:

    House of X #5 has a data page about possible Five stand-ins. It’s right after the data page that explains the role of each member of the Five.

    “Note: While it has not yet been tested, it’s believed that upgrades/extensions/stand-ins could be assisted by mutants such as Synch or Mimic.”

    Though really, Proteus or Jamie Braddock could do all of the Five’s jobs by themselves. Jamie Braddock resurrected both Brian and Betsy before. This reminds why I hate reality warpers and how ridiculous their powersets are.

  17. MasterMahan says:

    @Asteele: You might prefer Esad Ribić’s excellent art for the regular Eternals series. He favors a far more washed out look.

    Personally, I thought the art was fine. The panel of the Uni-Mind manifesting above Krakoa was great.

    There was a data page about Krakoa exploring understudies and power duplicators for the Five, yes. We’ve never seen them actually trying, though, which seems rather short-sighted.

    The easiest way to handle losing one of the Five would probably be asking Sinister to whip up a clone. Which is conveniently not an option right now.

  18. Bengt says:

    Yeah there seems to be quite a lot of redundancy for the Five between just people with the similar powers to power copiers. But how easy is it to replace Sinister and his DNA libraries? There have been some scenes where people go directly to him to check out samples, is he the only one who can access his stores? If so Ajak may accidentally have done more to hinder resurrections that Jack of Knives heh.

    Anyway it was established in Eve of Judgement that damaging Krakoa goes against “Protect the machine” when Druig wanted to use a big bomb, so how useful will giant robots be? Seems like a high risk of them shutting down from doing collateral damage.

  19. K says:

    Eve of Judgment said that annihilating Krakoa breaks the rule, but it never said anything about damaging Krakoa. I expect this is exactly how it’s going to go.

    And this is why “Three Laws” stories just come of as endless rules lawyering, forever.

  20. Luis Dantas says:

    A good start IMO.

    If we must have groundshaking events every few months in order to sell the perception that these groups with ever expanding powers and ambitions are in some kind of danger and thereby cause temporary book sales spikes, it is probably best to at least attempt to show some of the logical consequences on panel.

    Hickman’s period at the helm of the x-books went out of its way to avoid doing that. We had little fallout from what ammounted to a revolutionary new status quo for mutants with largely unexplored understones of a weapons race, nationalism, supremacism and even normalized racism. At first I wasn’t even sure whether HoXPoX shared any continuity with the other Marvel books of the time, because it shook things up so completely yet attempted very hard to avoid showing the logical consequences.

    In retrospect, it looks like Hickman wanted to tell a very specific story and put the toys back in the box after he was finished. It just happened that his stories use huge toys as storytelling pieces, and Marvel Editorial eventually decided that it was in its best interests to develop the general tale in a slightly more logical way with even bigger toys.

    Choosing to do so with Kieron Gillen books at the core was apparently the choice, and seems like a good call to me. Gillen handles groundshaking with lasting consequences fairly well, and has a lot more interest in addressing the shared universe than Hickman ever did.

    If nothing else, this issue sells well the idea that relevant and consequential tales have been told in the Eternals series that just concluded. That is good and necessary. As a concept, Eternals must be consequential and also react to consequential events in the MU. Similarly, the Avengers have finally been fully acknowledged in the Krakoa era.

    Kind of funny that Thanos has apparently been a major threat in the Eternals series very recently and that amounts to just minor background noise here. Sells well the idea that the stakes are not only huge but also moving, and also hints quite properly that for the most part Eternals events are in a scale beyond our perception and expectations, which translated nicely into having limited series sparsely distributed. A.X.E. may well be setup for some sort of new Eternals limited or ongoing series, but I hope not; they are just not very good at sustaining their own regular series. Their ideal place is as distanced supporting characters that sometimes come visit the spotlight to change the status quo and remind us of the larger picture.

    It is interesting to see how the MCU movies have changed the perception of Iron Man. He is now at least as much the core Avenger as Captain America, and more so than Thor. He also shows his face a lot more often, and his characterization is all the better for that. The Avengers, too, are shown in carefully chosen amounts of panel space that sell well the perception that meaningful events have been happening with and around them without distracting us from the story being told. Loved the very meta yet very natural line from Cyclops about how it is weird to feel possessive about the Phoenix Force.

  21. wwk5d says:

    Looking at the checklist…wow, this is going to be a longer crossover than I thought. Hopefully it won’t derail much of the X-titles…

    I haven’t read anything Eternals related in a while, so am a bit lost regarding most of them. Were some of them Nick Fury juniored?

  22. Mike Loughlin says:

    I agree that the narrator isn’t the Earth/Machine. In addition to the color of the boxes, the tone was completely different.

    Ceries point about the crowd being more diverse than the X-Men public team echoes something I wrote in the comments of the Hellfire Gala issue: why, in 2022, is the X-Men team almost entirely white? Sure, most Marvel characters are white, but maybe stop featuring them so frequently? Why swap Sunfire for Firestar? Why not put Bling, Dust, Armor, M, Gentle, or Frenzy on the team instead of Havok or Magik? Why are both Scott and Jean necessary?

    Anyway, good start to an Event & I’m looking forward to the rest.

  23. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Wwk5d-

    They came up with a way to easily diversify the Eternals.

    When they die they get resurrected by the Machine, but can look different/swamp genders Doctor Who style.

  24. CitizenBane says:

    The data page in PoX said Proteus and Legion were both specifically bred by Moira and Xavier in order to have a mutant with the power to manipulate primal matter for the Five’s circuit. As far as I know that makes Legion the only named substitute for a member of the Five, though the way the father-son relationship is written I doubt Xavier could stomach to ask David to sub in unless he had no other choice.

  25. Allan M says:

    WWk5d – Just to further elaborate, the Eternals all got killed off at the start of Jason Aaron’s Avengers run about five years ago, and then the current Gillen Eternals run resurrected them in mostly closer-to-the-MCU forms, as X-Ben explained.

  26. Luis Dantas says:

    Looks like the idea that the Eternals could ressurrect was introduced in the one-shot published in 2000, “New Eternals: Apocalypse Now”.

    Who could have expected that throaway idea to have so many consequences later on? It seems to have been a strong influence on the Hickman setup.

  27. Nu-D says:

    Druig has figured out that killing the Five should do the job because they’re apparently irreplaceable. This is, obviously, the single point of failure in the whole scheme (and begs the question of what happens when one of the Five dies of old age, incidentally).

    It’s well established that there are other cloning methods in the MU. Shouldn’t it be possible to make a body and have a telepath restore the memories. Maybe the five are needed to run the operation at scale. But for one of them, it should be possible to hack something together.

    Anyhow, this story sounds an awful lot like the underrated Judgment War story from X-Factor v.1 #45-50. A planet where mutation is out of control, divided into three factions, and facing judgment by a celestial. If Phoenix plays a prominent role in the climax…

  28. Dave says:

    I found Ribic on Eternals to be really lacking in detail. LOTS of empty background space.

    “when she was secretly planning to wipe them out via her cure”.
    Shame this was never shown. And by shame, I mean HUGE, story undermining omission.

  29. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Yeah I loved Ribic on Thor but his Eternals feels really rushed.

  30. K says:

    With Ribic on Eternals, the goal was clearly to have a 12-issue monthly Ribic run with as few fill-ins as possible.

    And they managed to only need, what, 1.5 issues of fill-ins? Seems miraculous all on its own.

  31. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Yeah I think his style just isn’t built for that speed.

  32. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    I’m not a fan of the Arakko purge – the setting has been barely explored. I guess Ewing must have okayed this and it won’t derail Red – considering how close the x-writers are supposedly working these days – but it still seems too early for such a move.

    Even though everybody here has been saying Arakko will get hit by an event sooner or later.

    Other than that – good opening issue. Can’t remember the last time I was this positive about a major summer event. Gillen’s Eternals was good, his Immortal X-Men is good, I’m hoping for good things here.

    Could do without Murder-Happy Moira being involved, but what can you do. Maybe she’ll get to skin Xavier or roast some puppies or whatnot, that’ll be fun.

  33. Michael says:

    @Mike Loughlin- It was revealed over the weekend that the X-Men team will be taking part in the Dark Web crossover with Spider-Man and Madelyne Pryor. So Scott, Jean, Alex and Illyana were chosen for their links to Maddie and Firestar and Iceman were chosen because they’re the Amazing Friends.

  34. Miyamoris says:

    “I’m not a fan of the Arakko purge – the setting has been barely explored. I guess Ewing must have okayed this and it won’t derail Red – considering how close the x-writers are supposedly working these days – but it still seems too early for such a move.”

    Yeah this is where I’m at too. I get you have to sell the new threat and maybe if you squint there’s a point to be made about how the mutant elites cannot protect their most vulnerable populations, but we were just starting to look more into that culture.

    Though looking at solicitations I do think there’s a catch – Arakko had a lot of powerful people, and they were just getting informed about a conflict coming, so there could be more survivors than initially expected.

  35. wwk5d says:

    Not familiar with the character, but is Uranos that powerful that he could wipe out all of Arakko on his own? Or even a good chunk of the people on there?

  36. Mike Loughlin says:

    Michael – Thanks for the info, that at least explains the character selection.

    Re: Arakko purge: the page was so vague there has to be more to the event than what we’re shown. Or it will get walked back/ Arakki will be resurrected/ timey-wimey stuff, etc. Maybe some of the Arakki will be resurrected against their wishes leading to a schism with Krakoa.

    Otherwise, it’s a colossal waste.

  37. Luis Dantas says:

    @wwk5d: Uranos apparently only appeared in very few cameos in flashbacks until very recently.

    Nearly all that we know about him comes from the recently concluded Eternals twelve issues series and its one-shot spin-offs, notably “Eternals: The Herectic” which shows him talking with Thanos.

    All of his characterization is therefore very recent. He is portrayed as even more dangerous and genocidal than Thanos and deeply feared even by other Eternals.

    I will venture to guess that at some point in the crossover his brother Kronos, who has achieved “mastery of time” and exists in a very strange state even by Eternal parameters, will intervene and retroactively undo the damage and death on Arakko. Perhaps indirectly, by undoing Uranos’ actions or even existence at some point prior to the ravaging of Arakko. Or maybe Thanos will intervene, since he is said to now be banished through time in a way suspiciously vague on details. Then again, the Avengers are currently dealing with a time displacement storyline and, as it happens, the current Earth-616 Starbrand is among their current members. And IIRC Legion is currently living in a form of astral dimension pocket near Arakko.

    The bottom line is that there are multiple ways to fix Arakko through some form or another of Power Ex Machina. The hard part is making it appear drammatically fulfilling instead of a cheap development.

    For good or worse, this is a storyline with very, very epic characters and events.

  38. Chris V says:

    With Gillen’s ret-con in “The Heretic”, we had actually never seen the real Uranos until that comic.
    It was explained that the Uranos we saw in those few earlier flashback stories was a far less powerful clone created by his followers, while the real version had remained trapped (as detailed in “The Heretic”).

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