I love the X-men. Always have and probably always will. As a minority I’ve always felt drawn the plight of mutants. So when the flagship title of the X-men line was set to make its return, by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo, it would be an understatement to say I was excited.
Bendis, who people seem to either love or hate, seems to to be rejuvenated by his new Mutant duties. On his other book “All New X-Men” as well as this one he excels at dialogue, and is a master of giving each character their time to shine. That being said Emma Frost felt a bit off to me, perhaps the lingering effects of the Phoenix force, in addition to messing with their powers.
The story is narrated by one person the entire time, and their take on past events is being relayed to Maria Hill. Much was publicized about a traitor on the team, and while I won’t spoil it, but it was pretty obvious.I will say it will certainly be intriguing going forward, to see how it plays out.
The current roster as it currently consists is Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, Magik, and new recruits Tempus & a healer who hasn’t decided upon a name (Cleric?). The “Revolutionaries” are on a mission to rescue all of the new mutants popping up all over the world, in doing so bolstering their numbers at the same time.
Bachalo does a fine job of giving the book a unique look. His style seems a bit exaggerated and full of energy, so I think it will do well with this book. The new costume designs look fantastic in action, but I have mixed feelings given that they look a lot like super villains. Magneto’s white also seems out of place here, although he would fit in nicely on Uncanny X-Force. This may be intentional though. We’re meant to believe that Cyclops is not a standard villain, so it seems strange for the costumes to look as edgy as they do.
I’ll be honest I’ve never been a fan of Cyke. I’ve always been on Team Logan. But this book has me wanting more. The X-books have always been best in my opinion when they deal with the people not the powers.
Will the first X-Man be able to redeem himself? What happens when Professor Xavier makes his inevitable return? Where does Cable fit in? Don’t forget there is a younger “innocent” Scott Summers running around too.
4.5 out of 5 nerds