Written by: Kieron Gillen
Art by: Valerio Schiti
Colors by: Marte Gracia
Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Mark Brooks
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: August 24, 2022
A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 forces the assembly of Avengers, Mutants, and Eternals to make a very hard choice – kill a god and possibly millions with it or accept the god’s judgment.
Is It Good?
A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 feels like the series is slipping into a chaotic and directionless place. Issue #1 hit like a hammer on glass with all force and consequences. Issue #2 was less impactful, but it made up for the trademark Gillen verbosity with a banger of a last act. Now, big things happen, but the issue ends in the same place as it started – confronted with judgment by the new Celestial god, Progenitor.
In short, this issue is a lot of noise and eye-popping visuals, but the story makes no progress beyond “we threw a Hail Mary, and it didn’t work.” In fairness, there are some developments. We see a few judgments offered, starting with Captain America. We learn how the different groups choose to deal with the new Celestial. And, we’re reminded that the random citizen from issue #2 (Katrina) is still tweeting.
The art by Schiti is solid in this issue. The battle that happens (or does it?) looks exciting. And a new player enters the fray on the last page that could spell interesting developments for the event. In short, come for the visuals, but you could skip this issue and not miss anything.
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Bits and Pieces
A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 continues the war with plenty of engaging visuals during the battles, an interesting moral dilemma, and an intriguing last page reveal. However, the issue ends almost in the same place it started, so if you choose to skip it, you won’t miss much.