Let’s see this all new X-Men title by fan favorite creators writer Brian Wood and artist Olivier Coipel along with the talented colorist Laura Martin and inker Mark Morales. There has been much anticipation for this X title due its new twist. This time the roster consists of a full cast of X-Women Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Rachel Grey, Psylocke and Jubilee and it seems that many more will be featured and referred to from all ages of X-Men history from the youngest to the eldest.
I too anticipated with a thrill this comic because it features my favorite female heroines from all the Marvel Universe and wanted to see how Brian Wood will handle this comic. All the characters have a big history and are known for having the strongest most dynamic personalities which thankfully Chris Claremont had built a couple of decades ago. So did Brian Wood do justice to these heroines? Yes he definitely did.
Each heroine is shown strong and dynamic using their powers as an extension of their personalities. All of them know their place on the team and how they will be more useful in achieving to save a situation from a fatal disaster. They are well-trained heroines who take the initiative to act upon a critical moment but also know when to follow orders and listen to suggestions. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen such a well-organized full functional group that use methodical tactics in an almost successful way. This does not mean that their individual personalities aren’t fleshed out.
Storm is portrayed as the ultimate confident leader, Kitty shows her usual wittiness and cheekiness, Psylocke is lethal and a strong inquisitor, Rogue has full control of her powers and is more passionate in using them; all seven of are in character to the point. They are not weak insecure females, they do not flaunt their powers and physiques they are strong confident heroines but above all with a realistic human personality.
Brian Wood has built a strong character driven comic with a lot of emotional and action moments perfectly balanced. He has created a story arc where the main villain is considered an extreme threat and you understand this by the terrified reaction another arch nemesis of the X-Men has when he realizes the villain is in the X-Mansion. Also from issue one Brian Wood is weaving a new plot thread concerning the students which eventual will become a main story at some point. Story wise it’s a great issue one promising even greater ones in the future.
Now the art is fantastic Olivier Coipel has given his best work. It’s beautifully drawn with an excellent storytelling and great perspective angles. Each character is drawn with a different body language showing both attitude and personality. Also colors by Laura Martin and inks by Mark Morales compliment the art making it a visual delight. The art on this comic is simply brilliant its level is so high that you cannot distinguish it as something separate from the story. You have to see it to understand how good it is.
So the new X-Men title has succeeded in delivering an amazing issue one and we have to thank this brilliant creative team that has approached it with total respect both for the heroines and for the readers. It’s not about how the women of X are perceived but a team book with individuals who are shown to us in the best way; dynamic, powerful and strong-minded. This is a comic book I strongly suggest to read because it promises a lot of thrilling moments in the future which people will be talking about for a long time with satisfaction.
Read it and enjoy it!
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