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Neither Can Live While the Other Survives

The X-Men Go to War to Wipe Out the Source of Their Peril

Terrigen Mist, the source of The Inhumans’ abilities, is deadly poison to Mutants. Mutants, naturally, want the Terrigen Mist destroyed. The Inhumans will protect it at all cost. Cyclops was able to destroy one Terrigen cloud before losing his life, leaving one remaining cloud. The Inhumans and X-Men called a truce in the aftermath of Cyclops’ demise in an attempt to resolve the issue amicably.

At the start of the new story, Inhumans vs. X-Men #0, Beast moves into a lab in New Attilan to work with Inhuman Iso in an attempt to scientifically reach a mutually agreeable solution to the problem. After nearly eight months, Hank and Xiaoyi reach the conclusion that it isn’t possible. In order for Mutants to survive and retain their powers, a unique cure would have to be designed for each individual.

Meanwhile, Emma Frost and Medusalith Boltagon are each working on antithetical contingency plans that benefit their respective teams. While the White Queen is recruiting Mutants to destroy the remaining Terrigen cloud, Queen Medusa is positioning her Inhuman subjects around the cloud to protect it from annihilation at the hands of Mutants. The fragile truce between the Inhumans and Mutants is about to snap under palpable mounting tension.

This Means War

In the latest issue (Inhumans vs. X-Men #1), Beast has gathered the X-Men together to release his findings. There is no cure for Terrigan Mist poisoning and the Mist is spreading. As the Terrigen cloud dissipates, it is covering a larger area. It will soon make Earth uninhabitable by Mutants.

Without the Terrigen Mist, The Inhumans will lose all their superhuman abilities. If the Mist continues spreading over the globe, the Mutants will die. As Dr. McCoy so aptly describes the situation, “There are no solutions. There are choices, but no solutions.”

Writers Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire are setting up for an amazing war with this slow burn in this limited 6 part series. Both sides seem perfectly reasonable in their respective vacuums. When the two perspectives are lined up, though, it becomes abundantly clear there can be no peaceful resolution.

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Inhumans vs. X-Men #1, Marvel Comics, Release date December 14, 2016, Written by Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire, Art and cover by Leinil Yu, $5.99

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Written by Brendan Allen

Brendan Allen has probably had more jobs than you would reasonably believe. Dog trainer? He’s done it. Flooring contractor? Yep! EMT? Army NBC specialist? Road dog for a Celtic rock band? Yes, yes, and och aye! Now he reads comics and writes about them. His kids think he's Batman, and he just may be.