Comic Review – Extraordinary X-Men #1

  • Writer: Jeff Lemire
  • Artist: Humberto Ramos
  • Inker: Victor Olazaba
  • Colourist: Edgar Delgado
  • Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Release Date: November 4, 2015

This opening issue follows the vein of all of the new number ones of Marvel lately, a large change to the status quo in the several month gap that follows Secret Wars. Much like almost all X-Men titles it follows a large problem they face as a race, this time it being another version of no more mutants, except this time it’s not de-powering them. They’re slowly dying and being sterilized, which is kind of far worse for them to have to deal with.

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 cover by Humberto Ramos
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 cover by Humberto Ramos

Lemire tackles the writing for this issue and he does a fairly good job of setting it up. He seems to really understand the nature of the X-men as they seem to function more as a family group as they do in some of the best arcs of the X-men such as when Bryne and Claremont had their legendary take on the title. As number #1s go this does a really good job; it sets up the team dynamic and lays out what the characters are like under the pen of this writer, which seems to be fairly consistent with the idea of the characters in general. Best of all, it has enough intrigue with what’s going on such as the introduction of Old Man Logan and Jean Grey remaining steadfast that she doesn’t want to be a member of the X-men anymore after whatever mysterious thing happened with Scott Summers, that even Uncanny Xmen #600 didn’t manage to clear up, as the dark Scott they seem to talk about in the issue just simply doesn’t exist in that issue.

The art for the book is handled by Ramos who is a very hit and miss style of artist. He remains consistent to that in the framework of this issue; his heavily kinetic style remains excellent when it comes to the rendering of powers. Magik in particular gets some wonderful moments showing off the scope of her powers. She’s almost never looked as powerful as she does under the work of Ramos. However there are issues with the art work here, such as the fact that some of the face work looks horribly rushed. There is also issue with some of the proportions of the characters as they occasionally look less than human, which even though they’re mutants is just a weird look. Not to mention the fact that Illayna’s trademark bangs will be missed. R.I.P to her signature look; it shall be missed.

Overall this opening issue to the new flagship X- Men title is mostly a good one. There are some kinks of course but it’s a number one issue. Everyone is still finding their feet including the creative team. It will be nice to see how this series shapes up but so far all is looking good, every character seems interesting, the stakes are as high as they’ve ever really been and there’s enough drama going on to fill several issues to come. Even Young Jean seems to be more consistent, although it remains to be seen if she will remain that way or not just like every thing else in this comic. If you love the X-Men or just want to start reading them then this is a comic for you!

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