Thursday, April 13, 2017

X-Men Blue #1

   The second (or third? Let's just say "latest) of the new line of X-Men comics is labeled Blue (as a separate but equal companion to the Gold series), and it stars the original team, brought through time from the beginning of their career to the present.

   Thankfully, a recent issue of All New X-Men explained why this team can't return to the past - they traveled through time and found that the young X-Men are already there, thanks to a Secret Wars anomaly - so they decided to make their home in our present-day world.

   Now they're working together again, just the "original five" - Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast and Iceman.

   As a fan of that configuration, that would be enough to spark my interest - but to hold readers they have to come up with a good story.

   They may have one here as the team goes out in search of mutant threats - their goal is to protect humanity, just like the original title.

   And they run smack into a serious challenge right off the bat, as a longtime foe returns to battle the team.

   The setup is interesting (though there are many questions to answer still), the writing by Colleen Bunn is sharp, and I like the fresh, energetic art by Jorge Molina and Matteo Buffagni - but it feels like the book isn't quite there yet (of course, it's just the first issue).

   It felt like there was too much emphasis on action (just a straightforward slugfest, at that) and too little on character. But it's a solid start to the new series, and it has potential.

Grade: B+


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