I had no idea what was going to happen to the original X-Men after the end of All-New X-Men. In X-Men Prime, they agreed to leave, but I thought one thing was very odd. Where are the others? Where are Kid Apocalypse, Wolverine, Idie, or Pickles? In the very last issue of ANXM, Kid Apocalypse and Idie both mentioned applying to a school, and I guess that’s where it was left. Laura, I have no idea. I suppose I could find out if I subscribed to her standalone series, but BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that’s never happening. But Pickles? Where did he go? Iceman says that Cyclops said something that upset him so he left, but when was that? He was still there in ANXM, but he was gone in XMP. I always thought his character was a little, well, too convenient for my personal taste, so I’m not sad that he’s gone. I would just appreciate a proper explanation when characters suddenly disappear. Saying Scott pissed him off barely cuts it.
Other than that, the series started a lot like X-Men Gold. This new team is on a mission against an old foe, they work their kinks out, blah blah blah. That said, though, the issue was completely boring until the last several pages. That’s when I sat straight up in bed and removed my finger from the Unsubscribe button on Comixology.
Now the writing isn’t bad, I’m not saying that at all. I mean, how could it be; Cullen Bunn is writing it. He writes the team as though he has been writing them for years. Of course Jean Grey (now called Marvel Girl again) has changed, as well as Beast. He uses magic more than science, which is weird on numerous levels. Sure, it’s nice to have one different Hank in this reality, but it doesn’t mean it’s not weird to see him conjuring spells to take care of Black Tom Cassidy and Juggernaut.
Well, I said they were old familiar foes, didn’t I?
Fighting Black Tom and Juggernaut were about as exciting as you would imagine. At least Bunn managed to sneak in some funny lines.
When the team wrapped up their assignment, they went back home to a mansion, which was curious, because the Xavier mansion is in the middle of Central Park. I have no idea where they really are, but it’s who they are reporting to that is the most surprising.
I really thought that was the end, and I was about to close the comic. Instead, I continued to swipe left, and wait, another story is somewhat tucked in. It includes a possible other Wolverine/Logan, complete with claws? Curiouser and curiouser.
I’m still not entirely sold on this series. The art is stellar except for Marvel Girl. I’m not sure if it’s her new haircut or what, but her face just looks wrong all throughout. Whether I stay will vastly depend upon the next couple of issues and who this Wolverine-ish character is. If it’s another displaced Logan or if this is an announcement that original Wolverine isn’t truly dead, I’ll cancel all my X-Men subscriptions and never look back. I know I won’t, but I’ll really, really want to.
Our Rating: meh
Author: Cullen Bunn
Artists: Jorge Molina, Matteo Buffagni, and Matt Milla
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publish Date: 04/12/2017
Acquired via Purchase