The seafaring mutants of the Hellfire Trading Company conclude one voyage and set their sights on another, in this week’s Marauders #27.
The final issue of Marauders basically proceeds as it always has: Kate Pryde still unable to figure out why Krakoa gates don’t work for her; Emma Frost manipulating the inner workings of the Hellfire Trading Company; Bishop & Co. doing badass pirate stuff in the middle of the ocean. Business as usual, in other words. This issue doesn’t have any world-shaking developments—at least nothing to the scale of terraforming Mars, remember that? However, anyone who has been reading since the start will be pleased with where the characters leave off, whether it’s gone from the team for now or remaining to fight another day on the Seven Seas.
Though this specific run is ending, it’s very telling that Marauders will continue with a new volume mostly unchanged from its original premise, which is a major credit to Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli’s work on the whole. While other titles in the Dawn/Reign of X era have undergone modifications (New Mutants) and/or relaunched under different names (Excalibur, SWORD, Way of X), the core concept of Marauders has endured: What if X-Men, but pirates? It’s a damn good hook for a monthly series.
Ahead of the upcoming takeover by Steve Orlando and Eleonora Carlini, Duggan and Lolli (with an assist from Phil Noto) conclude their saga in a satisfactory, if subdued, way.
- Writer: Gerry Duggan
- Artists: Matteo Lolli, Phil Noto
- Color Artists: Rain Beredo, Phil Noto
- Letterer: VC's Cory Petit
- Cover Artists: Russell Dauterman, Matthew Wilson
- Editor: Jordan D. White
- Publisher: Marvel Entertainment