X-Men #1

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Posted by inferiorego (25613 posts) - - Show Bio

This review is spoiler free! Don't worry! (be happy?)

The Good

Jubilee has herself an orphaned baby and is heading back the the school, but she's being followed by an old and very powerful enemy of the X-Men. However, there's something bigger on the horizon that could destroy all of humanity.

I'm a bit of a flaky X-Men reader. I pretty much only read series written or drawn by some of my favorite characters. Essentially, I'm relatively new to the X-Men world, and I felt very at home with this new series, mainly because it has a tie-in to one of my favorite runs of any comic: Grant Morrison's NEW X-MEN. Even readers that haven't read Morrison's epic in the past should have no problem jumping in because writer Brian Wood does a stupendous job at explaining many aspects of the tie-in that they missed out on. The only thing, as a "new reader" that lost me a tiny bit was the ending because I wasn't familiar with the character the at the end of the issue.

Without giving anything away, I have to say the subject/villain choice for this first story works incredibly well. This isn't an over-used villain, and it's one that has the potential to pose a big threat to the X-Men and the entire Earth. We get to see some of this villain's history and their origin as well in the opening pages. I really haven't been this excited for a conflict, in an X-Men book, in a long time.

I'm really digging this new X-Men team. One thing I always loved about Brian Wood's writing is that he's great with team dynamics and relationships (Read ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN also). The team seems to work well together and there's little to no conflict within the group. Honestly, it's nice to see a team getting along from the get-go. These are all characters who have a place on this team, and there's just something special to the way Wood writes Kitty Pryde. She's much more of a frontline warrior here, compared to the Ultimate series where Wood has her in more of a diplomatic role. Rogue, Storm, and Kitty all work very well together, especially in one particular instance, and I love seeing well-established characters working together.

On the artistic side of things, X-MEN #1 delivers some well-crafted and epic scenes that are extremely intense and show movement extremely well all thanks to the creative team of Olivier Coipel (art and inks), Mark Morales (inks), and Laura Martin (colors). They opening pages of this issue are fantastic. Felt like an opening to a big budget, summer blockbuster, but in a good way. There was a great use of negative space throughout the opening as well. Coipel's work, through the rest of the issue, is eye candy, plain and simple. It's solid story telling through art.

The Bad

I had high expectations for this book because of the creative team, and I wasn't disappointed. You will most likely see this at the top of my list for this month's Top of the Pile.

The Verdict

It's Marvel's all-female X-team that never mentions the fact it's an all female X-team, and that's something I love about it. The focus is on the story and its characters and not the sex of the characters that make up this book. What Wood and Coipel have given readers is a wonderful introduction to a team book. There's a few interesting twists, right from the start, and it is one of my favorite reads from this past month. This is the start to something awesome.

Overall, I highly recommend picking this issue up.

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#1 Edited by Zeeguy91 (1109 posts) - - Show Bio

Hopefully this'll prove to have a better direction than Bendis' All New X-Men. That book has been spinning its wheels for a while.

#2 Posted by RedQueen (1171 posts) - - Show Bio

Was hoping this would get 5 stars; great review, looks like it will be an awesome read. Thankfully.

#3 Posted by Trevel8182 (751 posts) - - Show Bio

"Oh" Olivia Coipel, if we lived in Canada id make you my bride!

#4 Edited by Teerack (6623 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm still unconvinced this is going to be good. Considering you guys do sorta hand out 5 star reviews :V

#5 Edited by Xwraith (18658 posts) - - Show Bio

I want this book to be amazing, but since in my experience everything I like turns to crap after I get my hands on it, I'm not sure if it will.

Edit: You can add me to the list of people who dropped Uncanny X-Force In Name Only but will be reading this.

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#6 Edited by inferiorego (25613 posts) - - Show Bio

@teerack said:

I'm still unconvinced this is going to be good. Considering you guys do sorta hand out 5 star reviews :V

Thanks for reading!

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#7 Posted by Renchamp (2456 posts) - - Show Bio

I may drop Uncanny X-Force for this book. Or I'll get both. We'll see how much better this book is tomorrow...

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#8 Posted by pspin (891 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope this is as great as the series this replaced. His run was a little choppy story arc to story arc but the overall story was great.

#9 Posted by Grey56 (751 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego: Been prodding the wife to read a Marvel title since they really have nothing to offer her - thanks for posting this sir.

#10 Posted by Sleepbutnodream15 (570 posts) - - Show Bio

I was promised 'lots of sex' in this book. Did it deliver? lol

#11 Posted by Overlander (524 posts) - - Show Bio

I've already dropped Uncanny X-Force, but I'll definitely grab this one tomorrow.

#12 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

I am in tears, just sobbing in great, big heaving breaths --- so happy this got the thumbs up from Matt!!!

(Yes, I am fan-girling and no, not over Matt - over the the book. Calm down.)

I have yet to come across a book Matt liked that didn't turn out to be liked by me as well. Thank you for the review, I can hardly wait to hold this in my hands. **beams - stars in eyes**

#13 Edited by Farkam (4931 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeap, i'll be looking into this then :)

#14 Posted by TheAcidSkull (18032 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

I am in tears, just sobbing in great, big heaving breaths --- so happy this got the thumbs up from Matt!!!

(Yes, I am fan-girling and no, not over Matt - over the the book. Calm down.)

I have yet to come across a book Matt liked that didn't turn out to be liked by me as well. Thank you for the review, I can hardly wait to hold this in my hands. **beams - stars in eyes**

well at least i know what i can get you for the PRIZE you won ;)

#15 Edited by Hawkguy (572 posts) - - Show Bio

Gonna check it out but I'm not too excited about this. Preview didn't really interest me, probably because the characters don't really do much for me. The art looks nice though!

#16 Edited by thejedster (9 posts) - - Show Bio

I dropped All New X-Men, Uncanny X-Force and Uncanny X-Men from my pull but I was super excited to see this new X-Men title show up on the solicits. Now I can have a new X-Men title on my pull that looks and sounds (based on Mat's review) promising. Picking this up tomorrow for sure.

#17 Posted by The Stegman (24640 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm really quite tired of the X Men and all six million of their books. My friend picks them ALL up and forces me to read them, I'm sure he'll get this one too..so I'll check it out that way, though I'm not really excited about it.

#18 Posted by sora_thekey (8176 posts) - - Show Bio

WANT!

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#19 Edited by Killemall (18598 posts) - - Show Bio

Its meant to be out tomorrow right? I will probably get it after a week, sounds pretty cool will totally check it out.

#20 Posted by inferiorego (25613 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

I am in tears, just sobbing in great, big heaving breaths --- so happy this got the thumbs up from Matt!!!

(Yes, I am fan-girling and no, not over Matt - over the the book. Calm down.)

I have yet to come across a book Matt liked that didn't turn out to be liked by me as well. Thank you for the review, I can hardly wait to hold this in my hands. **beams - stars in eyes**

Man... I thought I had a fangirl for a minute. I was super-excited, then super-let down.

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#21 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio
#22 Posted by evilvegeta74 (4530 posts) - - Show Bio

Finally

#23 Posted by kid Apollo (714 posts) - - Show Bio

@trevel8182: ... you know Olivier Coipel is a dude right?

can someone pm who the villain is? wont be able to get to the comic shop til this weekend

#24 Posted by akbogert (3224 posts) - - Show Bio

I clicked the link to this on Facebook and spent the time it took for the page (and rating) to load holding my breath. The enthusiasm of the review itself is encouraging, and I can't wait to read this.

...but I'm going to have to, unless someone takes my standing offer of exchanging digital codes (I ordered a variant and have to wait for it to be mailed here, and I would love if someone who buys an issue tomorrow were willing to give me their code until my copy shows up and I can give them mine).

#25 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego:

As soon as I get my hands on this book, I am sure I will return to this review to post the following:

Of which I shall use in the future. ;p

#26 Posted by HAWK2916 (1826 posts) - - Show Bio

I have a question about the line-up. Is Jubilee still a vampire on this team?

#27 Posted by copete (1087 posts) - - Show Bio

I wonder why the lastest Uncanny X-men was not reviewed? :(

#28 Edited by inferiorego (25613 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

@inferiorego:

As soon as I get my hands on this book, I am sure I will return to this review to post the following:

Of which I shall use in the future. ;p

Judging by the tattoos, shirt, and facial hair, this picture is 7 years old.

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#29 Posted by Reignmaker (2235 posts) - - Show Bio
@teerack said:

I'm still unconvinced this is going to be good. Considering you guys do sorta hand out 5 star reviews :V

Good point.

#30 Edited by MyNameWasDeleted (679 posts) - - Show Bio

@teerack said:

I'm still unconvinced this is going to be good. Considering you guys do sorta hand out 5 star reviews :V

noticed this too -a bit too much love and not enough critique if you ask me... a 5 star issue ought to BOTH 1)make someone have a life altering emotion of some sort and 2)be rendered in the most amazing artwork. I fear very few of the 5 star reviews here have met those criteria. Meh, we're all fans though so no biggie i guess (?)

#31 Edited by SavageDragon (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

Its Brian Wood people. (DMZ, Northlanders, Demo) Believe.

#32 Posted by Reignmaker (2235 posts) - - Show Bio

@teerack: @mynamewasdeleted: I actually tend to rely on IGN more heavily than CV when it comes to reviews. I don't always agree with their assessments, but the 10 point scale seems to allow for more variability when it comes to their reviews. They also seem to be more reserved about what deserves a 9+ rating.

Other than that though, CV's community is obviously much cooler and I tend to like the articles (non-reviews) more.

#33 Posted by inferiorego (25613 posts) - - Show Bio

There's no pleasing some people. I give something a 2 or a 3, people flip and say I'm being too harsh. I give something a 5, and I'm too generous. Good thing my job is to review comics and not to please commentors.

Its Brian Wood people. (DMZ, Northlanders, Demo) Believe.

and Ultimate X-Men, which is currently super-rad.

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#34 Posted by bsmith1190 (90 posts) - - Show Bio

Now all we need is to get X-23 back here and away from those Avengers Academy geeks and I can die a happy man

#35 Posted by Mercy_ (92760 posts) - - Show Bio

:')

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#36 Posted by YoungJustice (6863 posts) - - Show Bio

There's no pleasing some people. I give something a 2 or a 3, people flip and say I'm being too harsh. I give something a 5, and I'm too generous. Good thing my job is to review comics and not to please commentors.

@savagedragon said:

Its Brian Wood people. (DMZ, Northlanders, Demo) Believe.

and Ultimate X-Men, which is currently super-rad.

Every day I get a new reason to stay here.

#37 Edited by inferiorego (25613 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego said:

There's no pleasing some people. I give something a 2 or a 3, people flip and say I'm being too harsh. I give something a 5, and I'm too generous. Good thing my job is to review comics and not to please commentors.

@savagedragon said:

Its Brian Wood people. (DMZ, Northlanders, Demo) Believe.

and Ultimate X-Men, which is currently super-rad.

Every day I get a new reason to stay here.

lol

I'd stay on a website too, if I saw a staff member have a mini-meltdown.

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#38 Edited by God_Spawn (37950 posts) - - Show Bio

@lykopis said:

I am in tears, just sobbing in great, big heaving breaths --- so happy this got the thumbs up from Matt!!!

(Yes, I am fan-girling and no, not over Matt - over the the book. Calm down.)

I have yet to come across a book Matt liked that didn't turn out to be liked by me as well. Thank you for the review, I can hardly wait to hold this in my hands. **beams - stars in eyes**

Man... I thought I had a fangirl for a minute. I was super-excited, then super-let down.

Don't worry, IE. You're too good for her. And besides, you'll always have K4tz.

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#39 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7297 posts) - - Show Bio

HURRY UP WEDNESDAY!

I'M ABOUT READY TO START READING CLASSIC CLAREMONTIAN X-COMIX AGAIN.

#40 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

@inferiorego:

It's the expression on your face in that particular photo -- it has that certain stoic assertiveness to it that matches the sentiment of the meme.

#41 Posted by DH69 (4258 posts) - - Show Bio

just read it, review is almost bang on.

#42 Posted by EnigmaLantern (763 posts) - - Show Bio

Looking at most people's reactions and/or expectations of this series, I might give it a shot. I'm feeling a bit rebellious lately..

#43 Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom (89 posts) - - Show Bio

@zeeguy91: I disagree as I feel it shows a lot of character development, and having a slow pacing is find by me as I like reading comics that have various pacing, keeps things interesting.

#44 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (7021 posts) - - Show Bio

HELLZ YEAHHH!!! XBOOKS>>>Zvengers Book

#45 Posted by CommanderShiro (186 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely going to pick this up tomorrow.

#46 Edited by John Valentine (16310 posts) - - Show Bio

I've already dropped Uncanny X-Force, but I'll definitely grab this one tomorrow.

Good to see that people have taste. Uncanny X-Force Vol.2 is AWFUL.

#47 Edited by iceslick (790 posts) - - Show Bio

@hawk2916: Yeah Jubilee has both of her powers now. So she's a sparkly vampire now. lol

#48 Posted by AgeofHurricane (7297 posts) - - Show Bio
#49 Posted by Onemoreposter (4065 posts) - - Show Bio

Is Jubilee still a vampire? Did she ever get her powers back? Whats up with her?

#50 Posted by Rickbarry (1797 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember when I was excited about this title.

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