The Eternals’ war against mutantkind has quickly engulfed the entire world and beyond, leading to not only an unfathomable amount of destruction but the resurrection of an ancient Celestial god in the hopes of saving everyone. Unfortunately, this has instead led to Judgment Day for every single being on Earth, and so far the results have been surprising, to say the least. Apart from the damnation of otherwise pristine figures such as Captain America, some of Marvel’s oldest villains have also been judged with shocking results, most of all Kro, whose cosmic approval has just altered the course of history forever.

AX: Death to the Mutants #2 (by Kieron Gillen, Guiu Vilanova, Alex Guimarães, and VC’s Travis Lanham) sees the mutants of Krakoa reeling from the recently resurrected Hex. As luck would have it, mutantkind isn’t nearly as alone as they would seem, especially not so long as the Eternals’ oldest enemies the Deviants are on their side. Led by Kro, the Deviants are able to turn the tide of battle, giving the mutants they’ve aligned themselves with a much-needed reprieve from the near constant warfare. Though Kro understands that everything he has done is an affront to the Celestials who created his kind of him, that does not stop him from adhering to his beliefs at every turn, even in the face of his cosmic god. For anyone else, this would be a death sentence, yet for Kro, it is proof that the rest of the universe was wrong about the Deviants all along.

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When judgment comes for him, Kro is ultimately determined to be worthy, as are all his people. Far from what many would have expected, Kro’s defiance wasn’t rooted in any sense of hatred or disdain for the Celestials as a whole, but rather out of deeply rooted cynicism cultivated over the course of centuries of suffering. Since Kro’s first proper appearance in the pages of 1976’s eternals #1 (by Jack Kirby), he has been the most obvious antagonist for the eponymous heroes, yet recent events prove that the Eternals are anything but a monolith when it comes to heroics.

Between Uranos’ unfathomable penchant for violence to the Prime Eternal Druig’s attempt at mutant genocide today, the Eternals have found ways to become villains in their own right. The fact that all of this was born from the Three Principles set forth for them by their Celestial creators does lend their efforts some amount of understanding. The fact that the Eternals are free to interpret these Three Principles as they see fit, not to mention one of these principles ordering them to “Correct excess Deviation,” makes it perfectly clear that the Deviants never had a fair chance.

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By not just remaining forthright in the face of the Progenitor’s judgment, but in leading his people through the ages to this point as a united front, Kro has finally opened the Celestials’ eyes to every injustice they inflicted upon their less favored creations. For that, there could be no other outcome than to be deemed worthy. On the surface, this is the second chance as well as the general acknowledgment that the Deviants have always been fighting to attain. Upon digging deeper, however, this is the judgment that will irrevocably change the entire Marvel Universe.

If the Deviants have passed, then they are likely to no longer be considered “excessive” in the way that their Eternal brethren have spent their impossibly long lifetimes believing them to be. That alone could be what comes to redefine the Three Principles that the Eternals live by, which itself could put the Deviants’ old enemies in the cross-hairs of their own gods. Even if the Eternals merely find themselves on even footing with the Deviants, that would still be a major shift to the status quo they’ve established over millennia, and there is no telling what the new one will look like.


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