S.W.O.R.D. #6: Al Ewing & Valerio Schiti

S.W.O.R.D. #6: Al Ewing & Valerio Schiti

S.W.O.R.D. #6: Al Ewing & Valerio Schiti

In S.W.O.R.D. #6, written by Al Ewing and illustrated by Valerio Schiti, we witness the aftermath of the Hellfire Gala’s dramatic events. Following the grand spectacle of the Planet-Size X-Men world-building, this installment delves into the next phase of the Krakoan agenda for the Sol system.

s.w.o.r.d. #6 phase of the Krakoan agenda for the Sol system

After the terraforming of Mars, a pivotal conversation unfolds between Doom and Captain America amidst the departing guests. This exchange is notable for its depth, with Cap humbly acknowledging the mutants’ influence while expressing optimism for the future. Surprisingly, Doom extends an offer of assistance to Cap, a departure from his usual demeanor.

At the Peak, Abigail Brand addresses a gathering of ambassadors from various galactic powers, outlining Krakoan plans for Mars. She entices them with a gift of mysterium, a mutant-created metal, in exchange for recognition of Planet Arakko as the capital of Sol. This presentation showcases Brand’s leadership prowess, adeptly wielding diplomacy to advance Krakoa’s interests.

Doom interrupts the proceedings, demanding to know who commands Sol. Brand reveals Storm as the leader, a significant revelation that sets the stage for future dynamics within the galaxy.

s.w.o.r.d. #6 Gala, Scarlet Witch seeks out Magneto for a conversation.

Returning to Mykines after the Gala, Scarlet Witch seeks out Magneto for a conversation. Ewing skillfully portrays Scarlet Witch’s anxiety and Magneto’s complex emotions towards her, creating a poignant interaction between the two characters.

s.w.o.r.d. #6 Guardian of Alpha

Valerio Schiti’s illustrations breathe life into the narrative, capturing the emotional depth of each scene. From intimate exchanges to grand revelations, Schiti’s art elevates the storytelling, culminating in a stunning double-page reveal of Storm.

S.W.O.R.D Character Details

S.W.O.R.D.  Crew

Abigail Brand, the Station Commander, leads the charge alongside her team, including Frenzy, Manifold, Wiz-Kid, and the formidable Storm, who now holds a significant position of authority.

Supporting Characters

Captain America, representing Earth, stands alongside other delegates from the Galactic Council, including Nova Prime and representatives from various galactic empires such as the Kymellian Empire and the Rigellian Empire.

New Alliances and Entities

A notable addition to the diplomatic mix is Empress Kuga of the Zn’rx Empire, and representatives from the Galactic Rim Collective and the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda. Each entity brings its own interests and agendas to the table.


The looming threat of Orchis, represented by Henry P. Gyrich, serves as a reminder of the dangers lurking in the cosmos, necessitating vigilance and cooperation among the gathered powers.

Other Characters in S.W.O.R.D

Among the attendees are familiar faces like Guardian and Thing, adding to the diverse cast of characters present at the gala. Meanwhile, the absence of certain key figures like the X-Men and Iron Man is felt, hinting at their involvement in other matters.

Diverse Races and Species

The gathering showcases the diversity of the galaxy, with representatives from various races and species including humans, mutants, Kymellians, Rigellians, Zn’rx, Skrulls, and hybrids such as Human-Spartax and Kree-Cockroach hybrids.

Locations in this Comic

The events unfold across different locales within the Sol System, from Earth’s North Atlantic to the remote Mykines island and the orbiting S.W.O.R.D. stations. The significance of Krakoa, Earth’s newest addition, is highlighted, while mentions of Arakko hint at future developments.

Items of Interest

Notable items include Captain America’s iconic uniform and shield, Guardian’s battle-suit, the mystical Flowers of Krakoa, and Doctor Doom’s formidable armor. The presence of gateways facilitates interstellar travel, while mysterious substances like Mysterium hold promise for technological and diplomatic endeavors.

Covering Up S.W.O.R.D. #6

With a rich tapestry of characters, alliances, and threats, S.W.O.R.D. #6 presents a dynamic snapshot of the galactic landscape, setting the stage for intrigue, diplomacy, and conflict in the issues to come.

S.W.O.R.D. #6 emerges as a standout installment of the Hellfire Gala saga, not for its groundbreaking events, but for its adept portrayal of the monumental occasion. Ewing and Schiti collaborate to deliver a captivating comic that continues to establish S.W.O.R.D. as essential reading within the X-Men universe.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the S.W.O.R.D. Symbol?

The symbol of S.W.O.R.D. is a sword. This symbol carries various meanings, including power, protection, authority, strength, and courage. Metaphysically, it represents discrimination and the penetrating power of intellect. The sword is often associated with masculinity, with its blade being likened to a phallic symbol, while the sheath represents femininity. In the context of S.W.O.R.D., it embodies the ideals of knighthood and chivalry, reflecting the organization’s mission to defend and safeguard against cosmic threats.

What is the meaning of S.W.O.R.D. Necklace?

Wearing a sword necklace can carry various meanings. It often symbolizes power, protection, and chivalry. It can also represent truth, enlightenment, action, and justice. In Christian beliefs, a sword necklace is associated with righteousness. Among Congo tribes in Central Africa, swords hold significance as symbols of transition, particularly between life and death.


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