Comic Book Review – X-Men (2019) #1

A Lot Has Changed Since the First X-Men Comic Book

Cover for X-Men (2019) #1. Depicts members of the team.
Cover for X-Men (2019) #1. Comic book cover by Leinil Francis Yu & Sunny Gho

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Credits:

  • Jonathan Hickman – Writer
  • Leinil Francis Yu – Artist
  • Gerry Alanguilan – Inker
  • Sunny Gho – Color Artist
  • VC’s Clayton Cowles – Letterer
  • Tom Muller – Design
  • Leinil Francis Yu and Sunny Gho – Cover Artists
  • Mark Bagley, John Dell, Israel Silva, Mark Brooks, Tom Muller, Whilce Portacio, Chris Sotomayor, Leinil Francis Yu, Chris Bachalo, Edgar Delgado, Artgerm, Marco Checchetto, & Russel Dauterman – Variant Cover Artists
  • Annalise Bissa – Assistant Editor
  • Jordan D. White – Editor
  • C.B. Cebulski – Editor-in-Chief
  • Joe Quesada – Chief Creative Officer
  • Dan Buckley – President
  • Alan Fine – Executive Producer

SPOILER-FREE ZONE

I have to admit that I haven’t kept up with the X-Men over the years. Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, X-Men were my jam. Magneto was a bad guy, and Professor X had only died once at the hands of his son Legion. I completely missed House of M. I still haven’t read about when Cyclops killed Professor X (nor how Professor X came back from the dead). I have no clue why Professor X looks like Maker now. Is that a portable Cerebro on his face? I did read and enjoy some of the All New X-Men. But for the most part, I’m pretty lost when it comes to what the heck is going on in the X-Universe.

Luckily I have already read and reviewed New Mutants (2019) #1, so I at least know about all of the mutants moving to Krakoa. This comic book touches on that a bit. I have no qualms with the art in this one. It does its job very well. The story is decent, though I am a bit lost due to not keeping up with past X-books. If you’ve been reading X-Men religiously, or are looking for a starting point, go ahead and grab this comic book. However if you’re like me and are still attached to the X-Men of the 90’s, you have a lot of back-issues to catch up on!

END OF SPOILER-FREE ZONE

You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

This issue starts us off in the past. We get to see Professor X convince Cyclops that he is safe using his infrared goggles. It then quickly zaps us to the present day. The X-Men are on a mission to save captive mutants from an anti-mutant group called Orchis. Cyclops and Storm blast through swarms of robots and soldiers, and then Magneto shows up with Polaris at his side. Of course Magneto is one of the good guys now, so he is there to assist Cyke and Ororo.

They end up finding the captive mutants and set them free. One of them, however, translocates and escapes before they can take her to Krakoa. The rest of them are taken to the living island. Upon their return, Magneto is lauded as a hero, and he happily basks in the glory presented upon him. In the meantime, Cyclops is off to go see his family on the moon.

The rest of the book switches between the Summer House and the Orchis. We get to see a blueprint of the Summer House, which is pretty cool. The Orchis are pretty much licking their wounds at this point. However one of their people, Doctor Gregor, has a secret to tell her associate. I will let you read the comic book to find out just what the secret is. At the Summer House, we get to see a young Cable. I can only assume that this young Cable is the son of the "All-New" version of Cyclops. In any case, time-travel is most definitely involved. I just don’t know exactly how. I will have to look it up.

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