Posted on June 4, 2013 AT 09:53pm
Another X-book has been launched, and among the main titles, this is the newest of the Marvel NOW! titles not written by Brian Bendis. This non-Bendis title focuses on an all female team, and if the first issue is any indication, this will be a much different title than the other major X-books. With a new writer and a new art team, this will hopefully be another new wrinkle to the ever expanding family of X-Men titles.
With new writer Brian Wood, this title will focus on the all-female team of powerhouse players on the X-Men roster. This line-up of heavy hitters (Storm, Psylocke, Rogue, Rachel Summers, Kitty Pryde and Jubilee) will take on some very different missions from the other titles, which have seen a lot of overlap thus far. This first arc will focus on this mysterious baby that Jubilee has brought into the group, as well as the presence of John Sublime, a very strange villain with a pretty spotty track record. This brand new plot seems a bit scattered and does not present itself too well, wasting some spectacular characters on a plot that doesn’t seem to have a direction.
Brian Wood has been absolutely amazing on some of his other titles, and this new Marvel title seems to be a bit more of a challenge. While it’s likely Wood will get through the confusion of this first arc, this issue is not indicative of the quality Wood puts into the comics world on a consistent basis.
The art team of Olivier Copiel, Mark Morales and Laura Martin handle their portion of the title well, though. The biggest obstacle to this title is to effectively push an all-female team without making it “Sexy X-Men Hour”, and thus far, this is going pretty well. All of the members of the team are extremely capable (and Storm is even one of the most respected leaders of the team), and with luck and some thought from both Wood and the rest of the creative team, they will be treated as heroes and not anything more basic. To emphasize, this book is doing well in that department, aside from one particular odd panel (See above image). All of the characters are well done, and while the plot is a bit of a mess, the aesthetic is anything but.
Summary: This book is a bit of an oddball as far as direction is concerned. The art is good, the writing is solid, but the plot is a mess. While this is just the first issue and will contain a lot of exposition, making it a bit muddy by nature, this first plot does not do a great job of bringing readers into a brand new book with a new line-up in the X-Men universe. That being said, this looks like an interesting title, if a bit confusing.
Pros: Strong Artwork, Great Concept
Cons: Messy Story, Lack Of Plot Direction
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