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The First X-Men #1 - Children of the Atom Review

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Who were the First X-Men? Where did they come from?

The Good

I like the idea of this story. I want to see where these characters come from and how they came together. Why wouldn't you want to see a collection of mutants working together prior to the inception of the X-Men?

I love the dynamic between Sabretooth and Wolverine, and frankly, it's just nice to see Sabretooth in a comic again (a non cloned one). This is a pre-Weapon X Logan, so his personality is a bit different, another aspect of this book I thought was great. He's a leader, and he won't take your crap, yet there's this odd aspect of compassion within him. It's not the character we truly know today. It's refreshing.

The color work of Matthew Wilson is great. He's great with putting in darker shades at the appropriate places and his work is consistent throughout the book. This was one of the few times where I noticed how great the coloring looked before I could make my mind up about anything else.

What I'm most excited for, which we get a bit of a tease towards the end is how Magneto is going to play into this. He's full of such rage and he'll make a great member of this new team which Wolverine may or may not be running.

The Bad

Neal Adams art is a bit inconsistent. He is a legend in the field and done some amazing things, but the art in this book ranged from "that looks awesome" to "to extremely dated." Case in point, the opening page, panel two is just Wolverine as a close up and it reminds me of some of Francis Lenil Yu's art. It looks fantastic. Next page is a great splash page. And the pages after that, the become a bit feral and then there's a page of Wolverine getting shocked where is body is in this bizarre position that no one would make if they were getting shocked. Adams has some great work here and some not so great work. I was a bit let down.

The technology these guards use at the facility in Virginia is a bit much for me. They look like a cross between Stiltman's (RIP) armor and Iron Man's functionality. It just seems way to advanced in this universe for the time, which we are told in the beginning is "many years ago." I'd rather just have an actual date.

The Verdict

I'm pretty split on this issue. I think the idea and the story are fantastic and a good start to the book. Matthew Wilson's colors are great, and at times, Adams' art is wonderful. The problem is that his art is a bit inconsistent in this book. One panel will look great and another can look like it came from a bronze age book.

I'm enjoying the dynamic between these characters as well. We all know these guys and it's cool to see a hidden past between all of them. I'm excited to continue reading it.

Overall, I give this a mild recommendation.

28 Comments
Posted by cattlebattle

I cannot stress enough how much I wish Sabretooth and Wolverine were not in this, otherwise, I think the concept was a good idea and I plan to check it out.
 
I just hope it doesn't get too insane with the retconning.

Posted by feargalr

The sci-fi/comic book nerd inside of me wants to know how this will fit into continuity, but the Magneto fan inside of me wants to read anything with Magneto in it.

I hate worrying about continuity, but I can't help it!!

Posted by Pwok21

So what is the actual team then?

It looks like: Wolverine, Sabretooth... is that Magneto, plus who is the girl and the other guy?

Posted by mikeclark1982

do i sound like a flamer if i say this book makes no sense? we already found out that during the "krakoa/giant size x-men" arc 40 years ago we were introduced to a new group of x-men who came before those guys, now we are supposed to believe that there were x-men before scott, jean, hank, bobby and warren?!?!! ugh! WHY?!?!!?

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Not Interstested. We got enough X books

Posted by Master_Thief

Just say Wolverine and Sabertooth are brothers

Posted by xtremexfan

I honestly hated everything about this comic...seriously. I hate the concept, the story line, the art. This book needs to be discontinued before it screws even more things up.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Stiltman RIP, Rest in Peace<3

Posted by TheCrowbar

Cannot Hate This Series Enough.

Posted by RiddlingGambit

what the hell is this? "the first x-men" sounds and looks terrible. make it go away

Posted by The Black Hood

It is becoming the exception to find a book from Marvel that doesn't have Wolverine or Deadpool or both in it. The cover looks horrible and the concept is another retcon mess. Its too bad no one can write a good book in current continuity because they are always getting shoved into whatever crappy event of the month Marvel has running. At least the Ultimate books are Wolverine free.

Posted by SavageDragon

@TheCrowbar: lol yes. Me too i need to read it before i completely judge it. In store read for sure.

Posted by SoA

i dreaded this title till i read it. and it wasn't too bad not bad at all. 5-stars for me lol

Posted by JohnnyWalker

the issue wasnt bad. quite good, not great. but good. the art sometimes really kills the mood but sometimes it works suprisingly well. but my question is THIS IS IN CONTINUITY WITH 616?? IS THIS A JOKE??

Posted by AgeofHurricane

Yeah, no.

Posted by Iron Fist Angel

@xtremexfan said:

I honestly hated everything about this comic...seriously. I hate the concept, the story line, the art. This book needs to be discontinued before it screws even more things up.

I thought some of the art was decent, (I just can't bring myself to hate Neil Adams, lol), but I agree on every other point. The very existence of this comic actually makes me angry. I wish it would just go away.

Posted by Superdork

@SoA said:

i dreaded this title till i read it. and it wasn't too bad not bad at all. 5-stars for me lol

Posted by Superdork

@Pwok21 said:

So what is the actual team then?

It looks like: Wolverine, Sabretooth... is that Magneto, plus who is the girl and the other guy?

Holo and Bombastic

Posted by hectorsquall

@xtremexfan said:

I honestly hated everything about this comic...seriously. I hate the concept, the story line, the art. This book needs to be discontinued before it screws even more things up.

@TheCrowbar said:

Cannot Hate This Series Enough.

@JohnnyWalker said:

THIS IS IN CONTINUITY WITH 616?? IS THIS A JOKE??

@Marvel:

Posted by Saren

The art was terrible. Logan and Creed looked like vampire monkeys.

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Posted by mesosteros

Hated everything in it. The art for reasons already stated, but specially the plot... if this is 616 continuity then it's absolutely stupid and absurd.

Posted by KNlGHTWlNG

Posted by ALittleTooRaph

I'm sorry, but the art is just offensively bad.

Posted by iLLituracy

Neal Adams trying to convince me that Wolverine and Sabretooth started the X-Men. Nope.

It's funny how Sabretooth has now been an Avenger and X-Man before everyone else.

Posted by Mercy_
@iLLituracy Look who's alive
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Posted by ComicMan24

@iLLituracy:Sabretooth was an Avenger and an X-Man before it was cool :p

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Posted by BaBaBoom

Hate the art

got Logan overdose before I even started reading comics

not reading this book even if its free

If these are all new mutants that I haven't seen before then I would give this chance but, seeing that it isn't, I won't even give this a chance.

Posted by Zeeguy91

The writing was god awful. I'm actually mad that I bought this!! The entire premise was cliche. I had to force myself to finish it.