This. This is the book you’ve been waiting for Marvel to do for years. Lets get into the review before I go all crazy talking about it.
Its day one at the brand new Jean Grey school, and its a bad day one. The New York State Department of Regents is there to decide whether or not to approve the school’s existence. Wolverine and Kitty Pryde are showing around the representatives. That could be a boring story, but this book takes everything. Yes, EVERYTHING you have ever loved about the X-Men and really in a non DC sort of way, starts anew.
During the four above characters walk through of the school, we the readers are taken along to discover every aspect of the building. The entire campus is one big Danger Room. There are good students and bad. Many of your favorite under the radar characters are here as teachers and students. If you liked any new X-Men character from the last 10-15 years you’re in luck. Generation X, X-Force, New Mutants, they’re all here.
But don’t think for a minute the book is losing any older X-Men history. Original X-Men Beast and Iceman are on staff. There are new characters springing from the rich history that is the Shi’ar and the Hellfire Club. Plus clever extras like freaking Toad as the janitor!
I haven’t read the X-Men on a regular basis since the Grant Morrison New X-Men. It gets too complicated and doesn’t make a damn bit of sense. That’s why I love this book. Cast aside all you previously knew. We’re starting fresh here. But don’t worry, there will be mentions of former plots and stories, with plenty of exposition to help you keep up. Its fantastic. Its like I’m starting off on jump street for a whole new concept, but yet there is all of this past just waiting to be tapped into.
I think the best comparison is Jim Lee’s X-Men #1. It was new yet familiar. There was an overall idea that while respecting the past, this is going to create a lot of new ideas first. And much like that classic issue showed off Omega Red and others under “things to come” this issue closes with the same.
Also, lets give full credit to this reading like a school anime/manga. It reads like one, looks like one, and yet is so very Marvel at the same time.
This is the best book I never thought I would have liked. I’m sold. Pull list time.