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Fond Memories Review: X-Men 2099 #1

Adult InferiorEgo and 11 Year Old InferiorEgo discuss the first of the X-Men 2099 series.


Yesterday, I discussed my first memories of reading the incredibly gimmicky X-Men 2099 #1 and got in touch with my ignorant inner-child. Today, I summon that ignorant child once again to reread and review the book that seemed like all flash but no pop.
 
Adult I.E.: So this book starts off with Timothy, who later becomes Skullfire, heading out of the wasteland to, well, a rave.
 
11 Yr Old I.E.: The future is totally like Mad Max except everyone has free time to party. That's so cool.
 
Adult I.E.: I guess. We're introduced to Junkpile who is basically the bouncer at the future-rave, and then we see Eddie AKA Metalhead who has the ability to touch metal and become that metal. 
 
11 Yr Old I.E.: It's awesome! He has a adamantium bracelet on and a gold bracelet on and he turns into gold here. That's amazing!
 
Adult I.E: Really? Gold is incredibly malleable. He might as well turn into clay, unless he plans on running a Cash For Gold store and "wowing" his customers. They spend a good chunk of time describing the instrument he's playing. An instrument you'll never see in this comic again. A total waste of dialogue. As this story continues, we meet Serpentina and Cerebra. Get it? Like Cerebro? And she discusses her powers with Junkpile, someone she seems to know pretty well. Why is she discussing her powers with him if they already know each other?
 == TEASER ==
11 Yr Old I.E.: She's like Proffesor X's Cerebro, but in human form. She's so cool, and she's very pretty.
 
Adult I.E.: More characters are introduced, including the leader of the new X-Men, Xi'an AKA Desert Ghost who is more of a heartless killing machine than leader.
 
11 Yr Old I.E.: He's totally a good guy! He talks about how he learned how to unite because of Professor X!
 
Adult I.E.: He also says he follows Magneto and he comes off as more of a cult leader terrorist than anything else. When you're at his rave, don't drink the Kool-Aid.
 
11 Yr Old I.E.: Yeah, but then something really cool happens. There's this sniper, and Timothy spots him and uses his Skullfire powers to shoot him, but Xi'an still gets shot, but then he tells Timothy, "I knew you'd join the X-Men."
 
Adult I.E.: He didn't join anything! He just tried to save a man's life, and frankly, did a poor job at it! Let's talk about the writing, shall we?
 
11 Yr Old I.E.: It's so good! All the...
 
Adult I.E.: Stop right there... It's terrible. There's tons of long-winded monologues, over-expository dialogue, and useless information.
 
11 Yr Old I.E.: I didn't understand half of those words.
 
Adult I.E.: While the character concepts may be really cool, especially Skullfire, he just feels like Gambit, except shooting green out of his hands instead of pink. It's recycled garbage. However, the art still stands up pretty well, and overall the story is still a lot of fun. But, why is there a preview for issue #2 of this book, in the middle of it? Spoiler alert anyone?
 

Verdict - 11 Yr Old I.E. 5/5

This was so cool! There are so many cool characters with cool powers, and like this series will go on forever! This is Marvel's best book right now! You have to buy this! Plus, there's so many cool video game ads!
 

Verdict - Adult I.E. 2/5

There's a reason this isn't in trade paperback because it's not that great. But you want to know something funny? If you ignore all the dialogue, the book's pretty entertaining. It just gets bogged down in the writing style of that time with obvious over-explanation of every little aspect. It's insulting to the reader. However, the kid in me loves this book, and there really are some cool, although recycled, characters here. My advice, if you find yourself at a flea market and find this puppy for $1, pick it up, but don't pay more than a dollar.
25 Comments
Posted by sagesebas

say what you will the cover is amazing though

Posted by EisforExtinction

11 Yr Old I.E. sounds like he likes to have a good time. 
 
Here's to having a good time all the time little buddy!

Posted by ComicMan24

It seems that the 11 Yr Old I.E. really liked this book.

Posted by inferiorego
@EisforExtinction said:
" 11 Yr Old I.E. sounds like he likes to have a good time.   Here's to having a good time all the time little buddy! "
@ComicMan24 said:
" It seems that the 11 Yr Old I.E. really liked this book. "
He also likes playing baseball, skateboarding, and girls
Posted by SupremoMaximo

I should put this in my Comics to Read in the Crapper Queue..

Posted by Dark Noldor

I saw all the X-Men 2099 collection in Midtowncomics.
I don´t have the collection anymore, I´ve donated to a friend.
But I remember to be a good reading, really pleasure time.

Posted by zombietag

well done. very convincing and funny

Posted by AmazingSpiderMike

This was a really creative review and very insightful as I have too placed myself as the 11 year old and the adult as I was reading it. When I was around that age, I picked up X-Men 2099, thinking it was way cool and exciting. The other day I went through my collection and realized that it failed miserably on all charts. The characters are are the poor man's version of what the real X-men are (except for Bloodwing, he was the only cool one). Thank god, Marvel ended this title as quickly as it began. 

Posted by ComicMan24

This book is old. I must have been five years when it was released. 
 
@inferiorego:
What other things does he like?

Edited by Jordanstine

REVIEW:

IE's Fond Memories Review: X-Men 2099 #1
Added by Jordanstine 
 
The Good: 
Always great to have 2 different perspective on reviews based on the gapping age range.  All characters (except Serpentina) were given a little background info.  The fact that the word "rave" and "kool-aid" were mentioned in the same sentence of this review.  The mention of the "Spoiler Alert" in the middle of the book helps not spoil things.  11 year old IE actually knows what adamantium is.  

The Bad: 

No background given for Serpentina, probably the prettiest tatooed X-Men 2099 character ever.  We'd have to wait months for 11 year old IE to write another review again.


Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 
An entertaining read, especially if you are 10 years or younger.  Wish there was a counter for the many cool times the word "cool" was uttered.  In the end, this review will be an instant classic review in the depths of Comic Vine community.  Only thing missing is for G-Man and Babs to do an Unscripted Video Review.

Posted by EisforExtinction
@inferiorego: Cowabunga dude.
Posted by cmaprice

I remember enjoying the concept and design of Junkpile.  
 
Just to be a dick, my 11 year old self wishes to make a correction to your grammar.

However, the kid in me loves this book, and there really are some cool, although recycled, characters here.

Heh. ;)

Posted by Thor'sHammer

Ok this should be an ongoing feature. Reviewing the comics of your youth, as your youthful self.  It's hilarious and our generation lived through a big transition in comics storytelling from the 80's and 90's to now. 

Posted by SirSparkington

I have an unhealthy amount of 2099 comics. 

Posted by Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!
@inferiorego said:
" @EisforExtinction said:
" 11 Yr Old I.E. sounds like he likes to have a good time.   Here's to having a good time all the time little buddy! "
@ComicMan24 said:
" It seems that the 11 Yr Old I.E. really liked this book. "
He also likes playing baseball, skateboarding, and girls "
So does this mean you don't like baseball, skateboarding or girls??
I think I've lost respect for you! :p
I don't really care about skateboarding.
Posted by CRACKERMAN92

X-MEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by ArtisticNeedham

Great article.  I remember ordering this through the mail.
I was allowed to get s subscription when I was a kid, I saw the name X-Men 2099 and thought it was about Cyclops and Wolverine in the future, I even drew what I thought it might look like.
But then it came out and it had different characters.
Back then I sort of read stuff for the art and didn't pay attention to the story anyways.
 Once the subscription ended I lost track of the book.  I did like the art and it seemed fun.
I do remember thinking after one storyarc, I think when they introduced the guy with the gold blate mask in the desert and the big devil looking guy, it started seeming to me that it was getting off the point or something.
I also got Spider-Man through the mail, including the story about his parents returning I think, the anniversary issue with a holographic cover, and carnage.

Posted by inferiorego
@Mr.Hulk_Smashin'! said:
" @inferiorego said:
" @EisforExtinction said:
" 11 Yr Old I.E. sounds like he likes to have a good time.   Here's to having a good time all the time little buddy! "
@ComicMan24 said:
" It seems that the 11 Yr Old I.E. really liked this book. "
He also likes playing baseball, skateboarding, and girls "
So does this mean you don't like baseball, skateboarding or girls?? I think I've lost respect for you! :p I don't really care about skateboarding. "
I now like football, naps, and women... things change.
 
@cmaprice said:
" I remember enjoying the concept and design of Junkpile.  
 
Just to be a dick, my 11 year old self wishes to make a correction to your grammar.

However, the kid in me loves this book, and there really are some cool, although recycled, characters here.

Heh. ;)

"

The 11 year old version of me proof-read the article.
Edited by Donovan Montgomery

Great job, both of you :) 
 
...I was twice your agewhen that came out D= 
Yet I enjoyed it much better than the x-men of the day because of the lack of baggage. 
 
Like I said in your previous article, I have the whole collection from that set (Spider-Man 2099 right to 2099 Manifest Destiny {big let down}) and enjoyed pretty much all of it....still do re-reading it. 
 
...I'm wondering why your previous article isn't in the X-men 2099 forum?
Posted by Mr.Hulk_Smashin'!
@inferiorego said:
" @Mr.Hulk_Smashin'! said:
" @inferiorego said:
" @EisforExtinction said:
" 11 Yr Old I.E. sounds like he likes to have a good time.   Here's to having a good time all the time little buddy! "
@ComicMan24 said:
" It seems that the 11 Yr Old I.E. really liked this book. "
He also likes playing baseball, skateboarding, and girls "
So does this mean you don't like baseball, skateboarding or girls?? I think I've lost respect for you! :p I don't really care about skateboarding. "
I now like football, naps, and women... things change.
 
I agree with B and C, just not A.
Posted by Illyana Rasputin

I remember the death of Serpentina being shocking to me. Everybody is going to remember the death of Serpentina, right?

Posted by Hadez

i own this issue and it's one of my favorite comics I own I out it with my original X-Men issue 16 and 32 in my list of treasures. I live that you get to know Serpentina and they kill her off and not in a good way. Plus you really get to know how much of a douche the Junkpile is and Xian going into the cocoon I've never seen i that in a comic or in a story arc period. and Bloodhawk is one of my absolute favorite characters ever the fact that he goes from this Professor X looking dude to the giant red demon looking guy who really wants nothing to do but blow stuff up. Thats awesome.

Posted by reaper2923

I remember 2099 I miss it, in other words I only miss Spiderman 2099

Posted by emmbro30

While I liked the 2099 universe, the titles I really miss are the Marvel UK comics.  Those were some great stories.  I especially liked the Battle Tide mini series.

Posted by suavearte

The 90's man. You had to be pubeless to appreciate it!