Written by Chris Micieli
Cover Rank: 8/10
Just like the Inhumans covers I love so much, it’s difficult to mess up an X-Men cover. So many characters with varying abilities and colors and the action practically jumps off the page. Great use of fire and ice and featuring the classic original X-Men.
Best Variant Issue: 8/10
Jack Kirby 100th variant. With a premier issue of this magnitude it’s no surprise Marvel went all out with variants, and I’d have to go with this issue as my favorite. The original X-Men in their original suits heading to what we would presume is a battle. It is presented in almost a side scrolling video game type of way and really captures the old school style of how the original X-Men were drawn back in the 60s.
What I Like:
Thanks to Marvel Unlimited, I have gone back and read dozens of issues of the original X-Men. It really is great to not only see the difference in how comics are written and drawn back, then compared to now, but it’s an experience to read something that has created a vehicle for so many other Marvel franchises. To see those original X-Men back in the spotlight and have their own series again makes the insides all warm and tingly.
What I didn’t like:
This is no fault of X-Men Blue directly, but is Marvel biting off more than it can chew with all the X-Men storylines we now have. In addition to X-Men Blue we have X-Men Gold, X-Men Prime, Uncanny X-Men and Extraordinary X-Men. Plus stand alone titles like Old Man Logan and the just launched Weapon X. If you are an X-Men fan then you’re in Mutant heaven. If you are someone wanting to get into comics and specifically X-Men, good luck figuring out where you want to begin your journey.
The X-Men are in the midst of a battle on a luxurious yacht and just as they gain the upper hand a fan favorite enemy emerges. It’s the Juggernaut, bitch!
I have been keeping up with what exactly X-Men Blue was going to be about, so I somewhat knew this ending was coming. I can’t rate it due to that fact. It’s an ending that is the sole purpose of why I have great interest in the series. If Charles Xavier is no longer, who would be the last person you would expect to be in charge of the X-Men, the original X-Men? Don’t think to hard. Got it? You would be right.
What I’m Looking Forward To:
There has got to be deeper intentions as to why Magneto is in charge of these X-Men, and future issues will reveal why. Not only am I looking forward to that aspect, but if we got to see the great Juggernaut right out of the gate, who else are we going to get through the series. So much potential here and it’s off to a great start.