Engineered Conflict(What If? X-Men Review)

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Neil Edwards & Giannis Milonogiannis
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Rahzzah
Variant Cover Artist: John Tyler Christopher
Graphic Designer: Anthony Gambino
Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Editor: Jordan D. White


Someone has captured Erik Lehnsherr and means to corrupt him with the use of a virus called Nimrod. Charles Xavier sends out Domino and Cable to retrieve him.


The 21st century has become proliferated with cyberspace through the efforts of Erik Lehnsherr and lead to the birth of Exe-Men. An unknown party means to sabotage Erik’s efforts at peace between the Exes and the Basics through the use of Nimrod. Wanting to keep Erik from being corrupted by the virus, Charles Xavier sends out mercenaries Domino and Cable to retrieve Erik. Not all is as it appears when a far darker conspiracy unveils itself.


I thought the story’s progression was fine. The reveal of the villain was not unexpected given the characters involved, yet I did feel some surprise of what they had done to manipulate others. Visually I was reminded of the Matrix films as it carried a cyberpunk aesthetic. Bryan Edward Hill gave thoughtful and nuanced dialogue.The artwork was exceptional for this story and the colors did a lot of the heavy lifting.

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Danielle Lemos

Danielle Lemos

If you're a fan of Bryan Edward Hill, you'll enjoy this issue. Even if not, I still think it's worth picking up and giving a read.
  • Hill's writing was good and the art complimented it. Everything was put to good use.
  • This issue's biggest sin is that it's fine. There is some gain, but as a whole, its not exceptionally note-worthy. I got what I wanted out of it.

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