There are only a few characters in comic books that might deserve to be killed off multiple times, and this issue leaves the reader hanging as far as the final kill count for a very famous X-man. Extermination has been a really solid cross-over that’s not a cross-over. Appearances by members of the Blue, Gold and Red X-Men teams, as well as Old Man Logan, X-Force and plenty of others, not only keep the book interesting, but it reminds readers that just because a certain title is soggy doesn’t always apply to the characters themselves. The book, regardless of the conclusion, also promises to simplify things by sending the younger versions of the X-Men back to their home time zone.
Pepe Larraz, as Brisson relates in the back cover notes, brings “the heat” with highly detailed, sharp illustration and loads of fireworks. The journey of the original five X-men is coming to a close, with implications that will rocket throughout the timeline and Marvel Universe as a whole. While parts of the X-men ecosystem have been a little limp in the past year or so, Extermination is promising to be a total game-changer. With a highly complex storyline already established and blood on the ground, Extermination is a book with big teeth.