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.
A school for gifted youngsters is a classic conceit in comic books, the most famous being Charles’ Xavier’s star-crossed institution of higher learning. Hogwart’s, a spin on the old classic escapist fantasy of a school where weird is normal, is another prime example, one which quickly seeped into the cultural lexicon. The school of wizardry is even referenced in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, a time capsule of notable literary touchstones. The solicitation for Evan Dorkin’s Blackwood initially looked like a variation on a theme, which it is, but it’s one that has more in common with H.P. Lovecraft than J.K. Rowling.