Friday, February 28, 2020

Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1

   It's always a treat (though a rare one) to pick up an issue of Giant-Size X-Men.

   (That is, of courses, the name used for the first issue of the "New" X-Men that introduced the team made up of new characters such as Colossus, Nightcrawler and Storm.)

   This issue also features Storm, but in a different way. She's found badly injured, unconscious and on the brink of death, and the only ones who can help her are Jean Grey and Emma Frost - two psychic mutants who enter her mind to try to save her.

   This issue is absolutely stunning, with wonderful art by Russell Dauterman and outstanding colors by Matthew Wilson. Each page could be a pinup, as we explore the vivid world of Storm's mind - it's honestly breathtaking.

   Writer Jonathan Hickman (who co-plotted with Dauterman) uses some impressive concepts here (which I won't spoil), which make the issue even more of a joy.

   My general rule with the new X-Men line is: if Hickman wrote it, I'm definitely buying it. This is an unusual addition to the line, but I'm so glad I got it - it's a real work of art in more ways than one.

Grade: A+


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