Inferno #4
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Inferno #4

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 5, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 52
8.9Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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TO EMBERS!
Jonathan Hickman's time on X-Men ends with the dramatic conclusion of one of the first and best mysteries he brought to the line. Valerio Schiti returns on art to help bring down one of the foundations of the era.
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  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Jan 5, 2022

    Inferno #4 brings Jonathan Hickman's tenure on the X-Men to a close, but it also solidifies his influence on the mutant heroes' mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jan 12, 2022

    Hickmans legacy on the X-Men isnt going to be nearly as good as his legacy on Fantastic Four and Avengers/New Avengers. Part of the problem is that he didnt get to personally finish his story; part is that too many of the writers he handpicked dropped the ball that he gave them. Multiple X-Men books have been straight up bad and Hickmans own work on X-Men often felt like it was treading water as well. X Of Swords was not a good story by most metrics. Inferno is the best the X-Men or Hickman has been since HoX/PoX. However, the problem comes in that, once again, its just a really well done typical Marvel event book. It tells a story and sets things up for the next publishing initiative. The creative team does a great job and this is a wonderful read. It doesnt save Hickmans run from being kind of disappointing, though. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - B Ferg Jan 13, 2022

    With unpredictable factions and unions among mutant leaders forming constantly, new threats (and probably a few old ones we haven't seen again, yet!) the safety that seemed certain on Krakoa is gone. The mutants only hope may rest on whether Douglas Ramsey can repeat what Professor Xavier asked of him when he first arrived on Krakoa. Can he figure this one out? Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 5, 2022

    We may not have received every answer nor was each issue of each series revolutionary, action-packed, or cluttered with edge of your seat excitement. But overall, INFERNO #4 closes Hickman's chapter in one of the most astonishing, climatic, and dynamic stories since HOXPOX kicked his saga off! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Lia Williamson Jan 5, 2022

    Inferno's sticks the landing in a big way, delivering top-tier interpersonal drama and setting the stage for future books. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jan 5, 2022

    Inferno #4 is a deep comic that shows us the cracks in the Krakoan government! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 6, 2022

    Inferno #4 is an excellent end to Jonathan Hickman's legendary run on the X-Men. There was so much done here that Hickman leaves you even more excited for the X-Men franchise's future than when Inferno started. And that is really all you can ask for from the end of a creative run as Hickman leaves plenty of room for future X-Men writers, artists, and editors to explore a future with unlimited potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Gabriel De Jesus Jan 11, 2022

    Inferno #4 (Hickman, Schiti, Caselli, Curiel, & Sabino) draws the Hickman era to a close in the most Hickman way possible. The various threads he had placed over the past year come together in the gorgeous finale. However, the lack of character or continuity era subtracts from what could have been. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Jan 5, 2022

    A well-told story that bookends the time of writer Jonathan Hickman on the X-Men, Inferno #4 features some major revelations, as well as a hint at what is to come next for Marvels mutants. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 5, 2022

    Inferno #4 is a fitting end to Hickman's run. It ends his take and direction for the X line and hands it off to new creators allowing them to plant their own flags while not totally being shackled by his rules. He's opened the sandbox a little further to allow others to create. By shaking things up himself, it also doesn't feel like others are undoing what he has envisioned, it's his choice in some ways. It's a diplomatic ending that's befitting delivering an almost meta finale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Jan 5, 2022

    And, as ever, there is fantastic art from Valerio Schiti and Stefano Caselli, who seemingly continue to outdo themselves each time they take to a page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jan 5, 2022

    It's a fascinating and compelling way to end this era, even if it can't quite match the brilliance of how it all began. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 8, 2022

    Well-written characters, exciting fights and some big moments definitely make this issue worthwhile, but I don't think it's some grand shift to X-Men comics that it was hyped to be. Read Full Review

  • 10
    cincyfan Jan 8, 2022

    The X-Men books have always been my favorite since I started reading comics in the late '80s and what Hickman has done has been phenomenal! This whole inferno story was perfection to me ending with this final issue that was handled perfectly as well. This is a powerful story that leaves so many options for the next chapter in the X-Men saga. I love the X-Men and I absolutely the world Hickman has built. Although this was Hickman's last issue the writers of the other x-books have also been phenomenal so I have no doubt this will continue to be fantastic. As a diehard X-Men fan thank you to the entire creative team for such a brilliant run! Some would say chef's kiss but I'll say Jeff's kiss lol

  • 10
    Psycamorean Jan 7, 2022

    A great ending that closes stuff out, while still leaving plenty to explore.

  • 10
    Sollywoods Jan 5, 2022

    I can always count on Hickman to deliver a satisfying ending! From secret warriors, the FF, Avengers and now X-Men. I would love it if he wrote guardians of the galaxy or just overall did the marvel cosmic stuff.

    I wasn't sure how one more issue could wrap up what was started but it did.

    Now... I don't plan on keeping up with any X-Men titles after this so it didn't make me want to see what happens next. It did just satisfy me with an ending to a great story while leaving this easily open for future writers.

    This was one of the easiest 10's I've given. This is why I love comics, for stories like this!

  • 10
    thecomiccookebook Jan 5, 2022

    Wow. Not surprising that yet again, Hickman nails the ending of his run but also keeps it open for the other writers to expand and explore new concepts with the groundwork he established. His goal was simple: fix the X-Men. And I believe he has done that. Hopefully post-Hickman is still compelling but I just have to applaud him for making the X family of books a talking point again.

  • 9.0
    Loafy Trophy Jan 6, 2022

    Hickman sticks a near perfect landing here, providing both major revelations and some great building blocks for the next phase of books, Destiny of X. He's a true master of intricate plotting.

    The Magneto/Charles vs Orchis fight was full of rich moments between the two old friends and the callback dropped on Erik by the Omega Sentinel at the end was absolutely terrifying. Every moment between Mystique, Destiny, and Moira had me on the edge of my seat, before Doug Ramsey swooped in to save the day through the power of negotiation and cooperation. It really highlighted his character's evolution the last three years, while positioning him as a power player on Krakoa going forward.

    Just really inventive stuff all around more

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Jan 6, 2022

    It is the best ending we could have considering the situation the X-Office is in right now and that's not a bad thing necessarily. Hickman delivered the ending that ties up some loose ends in spectacular fashion and sets up future writers to play around in his sand box until he comes back someday (one can dream!). We'll never know what the real thing would have been but I'm glad I was there and this issue delivers. We can't get a true HOX/POX ending but this a fitting 2nd course.
    Valerio Schiti and Curiel were outstanding here and the style and inking kept changing in key scenes and I loved it for that. Kudos to them!

  • 9.0
    Colleen St. Lucie Jan 6, 2022

    My only gripe is Moira's characterization-- and her honesty to Mystique and Destiny which didn't make sense to me.

    But otherwise a solid conclusion, and Hickman will be missed.

  • 9.0
    Onomatopoeia Jan 5, 2022

    The grace in which Hickman left this story is admirable. He could have left this in shambles, but instead, he built something that any writer can appreciate and will look back on with praise. I have loved the last few years of X-Men and it revitalized my fondness of the characters that started back with Morrison's run.

    I admit that my faith faltered during 'Inferno,' and while the story was rushed at times, it did have a satisfying end. Cypher was... incredible. I would have laughed had you told me he would be (in my opinion) the MVP of this storyline, but man was he spectacular here. The Quite Council needed conflict to grow, so kudos to Mystique and Destiny. I didn't think they would win me over, but here we are.

    I more

  • 9.0
    RiseLegend Jan 5, 2022

    This is a great finale to this short but sweet series. I definitely didn't see this ending coming. I did not want the Hickman era to end, but it does feel like a good end and a new beginning. It feels like a new era. The new X-Men era opens up a lot of great possibilities. There's definitely some things left unresolved but you can tell someone else or who knows maybe even Hickman can pick up these story threads later. The art is also amazing. A lot of crazy action and great character moments that made me pause and appreciate a job well done. Pick this up if you like great character moments, awesome action, and of course love for the X-Men.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Jan 5, 2022

    A few minor issues with power scaling and such is not nearly enough to sour the fantastic writing here. This basically resolves a lot of ongoing plot threads for the time but I have to say that its done well. In true Hickman fashion things feel epic and the decisions matter. Agaun there's some conveniences here and there. But conveniences can never be completely avoided, only well hidden in a story. Such is the nature of storytelling. And these ones are hidden well enough.

    The character work is on point, Charles and Mags are written very well. Every other character behaves as you'd expect them to. Mystique cares for nothing but herself and her loved ones. Emma Frost is vindictive and arrogant. Destiny is Destiny. Her po more

  • 8.5
    DDJamesB Jan 12, 2022

    It's a very interesting book but, it also had some parts that felt not needed. I do wish Hickman would stay around to see this story out.

  • 8.5
    Merlyn Jan 5, 2022

    I love Hickman and I think I can say without exaggerating even a little bit that he made history with the X-Men these years. HoX-PoX is enough to cement him as one of the fundamental writers for the X-Men, there have been decades before him when the X-Men were stale as a franchise and he radically changed that. So I'm thankful for that. As per this... well, it's good but I would lie if I'd said it was spectacular. It's rushed as hell and that's not his fault, the other X-Men writers made him rush it and Marvel approved it which is a shame on their part, but at the end of the day, this is the comic I have to read and you can tell this is very rushed. A lot of stuff seems made up on the run while throwing away stuff we've established in the p more

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  • 8.0
    SinceAge7 Jan 10, 2022

    Missed opportunities....thats all I can say after reading this.

  • 7.0
    Jawsh Jan 5, 2022

    Fantastic artwork here as always.
    And there are some cool characters moments too.
    Just wish that it did not feel like the major players here were put on hold for two years for this to happen.
    It all feels inconsequential and too quickly paced.
    This issue alone could have been an entire arc in one series.
    Hickman wrote "heavy is the head. now wear your crown"

    I supposed this is him putting it down.

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  • 6.0
    Jeff Plaza Jan 5, 2022

    I love Hickman and his run on Xmen has been legendary. That said, I feel this issue was very rushed and not satisfying to this story or his overall xmen story. Hopefully, the xmen people will call him up again when sales start declining and need his next phase of the story.

  • 6.0
    maelstron Jan 5, 2022

    Weak end to Hickman ternure on X-men books

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