S.W.O.R.D. #2

Event\Storyline: King in Black Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Valerio Schiti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 44
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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WHAT IS PROTOCOL V?
The S.W.O.R.D. station is thrown in at the deep end of a planetary crisis as Krakoa battles the KING IN BLACK! While a cross-division team take on latex dragons from outer space, Abigail Brand prepares a deniable operation all her own. What is PROTOCOL V - and can the Earth survive it?

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  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - David Harth Jan 27, 2021

    Its usually inadvisable to throw a book into a massive crossover this early, but S.W.O.R.D #2 pulls it off admirably. It helps that this book is tailor-made for dealing with this kind of thing and that Ewing is such a good writer. Hes able to hit the story beats that work for the crossover and for the book itself, which isnt easy in situations like this. Svhiti and Gracias art is perfect for this issue and captures the characters and the action wonderfully. S.W.O.R.D. is a different kind of X-Men book and its starting to show. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Jan 20, 2021

    The King in Black crossover ultimately serves as an opportunity for S.W.O.R.D to really flex its muscles. Al Ewing is great at writing high concept arcs in his books and I look forward to the many places S.W.O.R.D will go, as well as what role they might play as King in Black continues. The art falls in line with a lot of the recent X-books, which is to say that it's gorgeous. Artist Valerio Schiti draws glossy space adventure at its best, with plenty of action scenes that serve as eye candy. As the book presses on it will be interesting to see how she balances Krokoa's interests with Brand's accountability to protecting the whole world from extraterrestrial threats. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Kenneth Laster Jan 14, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D" #2 is an excellent balancing act between King In Black tie-in and second issue to an ambitious opening. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Lia Galanis Jan 13, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D.#2 is Ewing and Schiti at their best, showcasing epic battles and a narrative that respects the history of what came before it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jan 13, 2021

    Overall, I was impressed with how S.W.O.R.D. #2 turned out. I feared for things losing appeal being thrown into a tie-in in the second issue, but this creative issue is doing what they can to make this story their own. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Ross Hutchinson Jan 13, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D. #2 manages to negotiate the awkward position of having to be a Marvel line-wide tie in issue having only debuted one issue earlier by balancing a story that's relevant to the KING IN BLACK storyline as well as advancing the overall books separate narrative and character advancement. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 13, 2021

    S.W.O.R.D. #2 feels a bit like a distraction from the main show but the team makes it work. Along with strong visuals, the story overall helps build what's coming by focusing on a few characters who clearly will shake things up in upcoming issues. They make the best with what they've got and overall, it doesn't completely derail the series too much. While I'd have liked to see it continue with the seeds laid by the first issue, S.W.O.R.D. #2 does a solid job of laying even more for machinations yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - Tony Thornley Jan 14, 2021

    Krakoa gets gooey in a tie-in that plays with a lot more than just the King In Black. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Jan 14, 2021

    Overall like the previous issue this one was a fantastic read. If you want to not be a little lost when reading this issue, then I recommend Reading the first few issue of the ‘King in Black’ event first. That being said you can still get into this story and fully enjoy reading it without reading the event first. For a tie-in issue this was an action packed thrill ride that is thoroughly exciting and entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 16, 2021

    Al Ewing clearly has ideas for making his X-Men comic stand out, and he delivers well on those ideas in this second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 13, 2021

    When all is said and done, S.W.O.R.D. #2 is a strong start to this chapter of the King in Black event. It sets several gears in motion and feels like it may be putting pieces into place for its own larger storylines, as well as being a piece of a big crossover event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Robert Reed Jan 13, 2021

    Al Ewing and Valerio Schiti deliver interesting characters and deliver on the 'King in Black' plot without making the reader feel like they're missing part of the story. The humor is nicely balanced, allowing for the story to keep its stakes without feeling overly grim. The artwork by Schiti and Marte Gracia is some of the best you'll find in a superhero book. If issue three can better connect the stories of the first two chapters, the series will feel like a more coherent whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jan 31, 2021

    Out of all the King in Black tie-ins we've seen so far, Al Ewing has penned the three best. A big event isn't just a way to goose sales on a new series. It can be used to further the storytelling of both parts. In this case, we see the mutant reaction to Knull's invasion as S.W.O.R.D. prepares for an all-out assault against these terrifying forces. This has made me more excited for both series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jan 15, 2021

    The children of the atom take their hardest swing at the god of symbiotes. Will it be enough, or will Abigail Brand have to adopt more extreme measures.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Dispatchdcu Jan 13, 2021

    I said it last issue and Ill say it again, this type of book may simply have too many moving pieces for Ewing to handle. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jan 13, 2021

    Watching how Abigail treats her team sets a tone that is unlike anything else currently being published in the X-men titles. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Jan 13, 2021

    It lacks the series debut's ambition, but there are enough fun beats here to make it a worthwhile read, and Valerio Schiti and Marte Gracia make it a lush and gorgeous book. Read Full Review

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