Sunday, July 7, 2013

Albert Avilla Reviews: X-Men #1 (2013)

X-Men #1
Marvel Comics

Reviewed by Albert Avilla

Writer: Brian Wood
Pencils: Olivier Coipel
Inks: Mark Morales and Olivier Coipel
Cover: Olivier Coipel and Laura Martin

Primer (Spoilers!)

They had me at the cover. They hit on all the important B’s: brawn, brains, beauty, boobs, and booty. Who else can put together a better all-female team? Even the villain in this piece is female. Girls just want to wreck it. Don’t let the good looks fool you; this is a band of thieves, ninjas, and former mutant-hunters who will kick some ass. If they did a survey of the top ten favorite female comic characters, where would most of these women place?

Mr. Wood doesn’t waste our time with origins; he hits the ground running. He gives a quick background of what the X-Men will be facing. Then, we have Jubilee with a baby running from a mysterious foe. She calls the X-Men, and they go running to save her. John Sublime goes to the Jean Grey School to ask for help against his sister who has an affinity for technology. Back on the train, the X-Men reunite with Jubilee. The baby is causing havoc with the electronics on the train. The X-Men jump into action to save the passengers. They take Jubilee and the baby back to the Grey School, where Sublime’s sister proceeds to take control of Karima Shapandar’s body. Yeah, that’s right; a being that has a biological imperative to dominant the earth has the powers of the Omega Sentinel. That’s the way you kick off a series.

Wood hits us with a fast-paced story and leaves us anticipating the story to come. With a team of characters with dynamic personalities and rich histories, Mr. Wood has a source of inspiration that should lead to a multitude of great stories.

The art is great. All of the different aspects of the art accentuate each other, which make for visual pleasure. Coipel has a great hand with faces and expressions. The costume design is also good.

I rate X-Men #1 Buy Your Own Copy. #2 (of 5) on the Al-O-Meter.

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