Writer: Gerry Duggan
Art: Stefano Caselli, Matteo Lolli, Mario Del Pennino, Erick Arciniega, Federico Blee, VC’s Cory Petit, Tom Muller, Matthew Wilson, and Russell Dauterman
Release Date: February 5th, 2020
As Verendi’s plans against Krakoa grow, the Marauders find themselves missing something vital… something that brings Storm and the White Queen at odds (or so says the solicits). Could that something be a someone? And, what does Callisto have to do with all of this? Is she really working for Emma? More importantly, is Kitty ok after he showdown with Sebastian last issue? Let’s dive into this week’s MARAUDERS #7 by Gerry Duggan and see if we can find any answers to these questions and more!
Gerry Duggan deploys and otherwise unenthusiastic issues this week as readers discover who the new White Knight is but get absolutely no new answers to any questions from the last issue. Readers will not discover any news on Kate AND technically nothing new is shared throughout this week’s story other than what you could have implied by this week’s MARAUDERS #7 cover. After repeated issues involving action, excitement, and some killer cliffhangers, Duggan lays an egg in this installment providing zero progression in the narrative.
This reviewer honestly can’t tell you what happened… because genuinely nothing transpired this issue. That said, I believe Duggan endeavored to drop subtle hints to indicate that Captain Kate is fine, which most fans would assume anyway. However, this reader was also a bit discontented in the lack of information surrounding Callisto, the current situation with the Morlocks, and the absence of development with Verendi. In an issue coming off of so many dangling plot threads, this x-fan leaves the series dishearten for the first time in Duggan’s tenure on the series.
This week’s tale wasn’t exciting, gripping, or even unduly entertaining. Sure, the character voices were accurate but nothing encapsulated my attention. Nothing in the story was overly involved. Again, the issue wasn’t confusing or hard to follow. Heck, the comic wasn’t even that wordy. There just wasn’t much of a story to follow. The plot was insubstantial and lacked strength causing a rather mediocre issue from Gerry Duggan, which was so surprising. This comic has been rock solid since day one, which is partly why my disappointment is so much higher than it would normally be. If you’re an avid collector and fan of this book, you have no choice but to get the issue. However, if you’re trying to save a buck, you could easily skip this issue and pick up with number eight completely unshaped. This may be the week you simply skip MARAUDERS. However, DON’T drops it from your pull list. I have faith that Duggan will right this shipwreck in issue nine!