By mattydeNero 1 Comments
It's early Saturday morning here in the greatest state ever. Virginia. Say it with me, "Whaaat?!" Yeah, I'm being full of the shit. But right before I was about to hit the hay, I thought to myself, "Sweet shit, X-Men Forever Alpha drops Wednesday!!!" Why is this such a big deal to me? Easy. Chris Claremont, Jim Lee and the X-Men. Sure, we've seen this art on the covers before. I'm 27 years old, own every copy of X-Men vol. 2 #1(like 3 times of the "gatefold") much like any other 27-30 year old that still reads/collects/whatevers. It sold three billion copies. Not really. But its millions I tell you. This picture on the right was on the other side of the gatefold classic cover of X-Men #1. Can I see the hands of the kids that bought multiple copies just to put every pin-up up somewhere on your bedroom walls? Come on now "hands-downers", you can get the book for a dollar now most places. If you haven't, buy 'em and fucking do it. Cover a wall in your house/apartment/where ever. Leave it for like 15 minutes. Take a picture or something. It looks awesome, trust me. It's Jim Lee, he's the man. The Nike of artists. Everybody's gotten them before. Perez and Byrne are like the low-cut and high-top Chuck Taylor's. Every b-ball sneaker/artist nowdays would not exist without them.
But anyway, I love what MARVEL is doing with this book. It's just a reprint of X-Men vol. 2 #s 1-3, but it's the BEST volume two EVER had to offer. That's debatable with some X-fans, but if you ask me, after issue 10, it's kind of been a bum-out for 16 years. I'm just saying. In my opinion, once Jim Lee left the book, it never recovered. I hope this book sells because a lot of the new X-Men fans NEED to read this story. And then, once it kicks your ass 5 miles, you'll get back up and proclaim June's X-Men Forever #1 to be yours forever more. We now will see Claremont's vision of Fabian Cortez's destiny of crazy. And I know that some characters will die or get depowered, it's an older Claremont. But still, I hope this book stays in 1991. Like, no time-jumps to the current continuity. Or any of that Earth-[insert number here]. This is like a "What If Chris Claremont hadn't left X-Men?"
I'm super-excited. I'm a devout fan. I own every issue of Uncanny X-Men from 177 on, but also know that achieving the entire Uncanny run is crazy talk for a guy like me. My near 400 books are something that I still love to flip through. Doing the voices on the covers with the voice-bubbles. "C'MON, MESS WITH US--MAKE OUR DAY!" That one stands out. But all in all BUY THIS BOOK!! Both Covers, match 'em up, it'll be a good time.
Bedtime for Bonzo.