Writing - 7/10
Art - 6.5/10
Overall - 6.8/10
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Writer: Ed Brisson
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: August 15, 2018
Hank McCoy, The Beast, brought the original five X-men from the past into the future many years ago. They have lived and loved and now it is time for them to go, but what damage have they done to the time stream?
The Future Ends in Extermination #1
Extermination #1 (of 5) kicks off a Marvel Comics event that will finally deal with the original 5 X-Men being in the future. The young Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, and Angel have stuck around in this timeline much longer than I think anybody ever expected (since 2012). They have hung out with their older selves, learned that they have died and come back to life, and gone on adventures! They have lived, laughed and loved in the future. Well, any X-Men fan knows that nobody gets to mess with the timeline without repercussions and those repercussions will affect not only our time-displaced original X-men but all Mutants in Extermination #1!
If you read a lot of Ed Brisson’s work you can tell he pulls a lot from movies he likes. From the classic Kung-Fu movie epicness, he dowsed his Iron Fist run in, to the energetic funky B-movie stylings of The Ballad of Sang. Brisson seems to like to add these motives to his writings. Extermination #1 to me feels like a mix of 80’s and 90’s summer Blockbusters. You got high action and high drama and some awesomely terrible one-liners.
Much like a summer blockbuster though Extermination #1 story did not have much of a lasting effect on me. After turning the last dramatic page with the big reveal and closing the book I thought, “Well, that was cool”. Then I didn’t really think about the story much after that. The story for me does not have a lot of “meat on its bones”. It was a good read but not very memorable.
Brisson also has the fun job of making sense of the X-Men’s timeline and time travel. Not going to lie I am nowhere near to up to date on what is happening in all the X-Men books. But surprisingly, for the most part, I rather easily followed along with Extermination #1. Some of the more dramatic events did not have a big effect on me. Probably due to me not being a loyal reader of the mutants.
Pepe Larraz handles the art duties in Extermination #1. Larraz has a very “clean” style, the lines are tight and everything looks very polished and neat. I am not a huge fan of the “polished” look and I guess part of that has to do with Marte Gracia’s colors. It has that very “digital” feel to it. I know just about everything is done digitally these days, but the art just gives off that glossy pristine look. Greg Smallwood does all of his stuff digitally but his work has that texture and unique feel to it. You can immediately tell it’s his own style. Where with the art in this issue there isn’t any distinctiveness or anything truly notable.
That is not saying the art is bad, far from it. Everything from a technical standpoint is very well done. The characters are rendered well and the sequential storytelling is present. There are some good action set pieces throughout the issue. The panels have good structure and layout. The art just seems to lack that “flavor” to make it unique from anything else.
Extermination #1 was a pretty good start to this 5 issue series. Since I am not the biggest X-Men fan it did not shock and awe me like maybe it will others. It was still enjoyable though. Just not very memorable. The art is good from a technical standpoint, but also lacks anything truly unique or remarkable. The main thing that has me hanging on is what is going to happen with these original X-Men and it might attempt to streamline the X-Men’s continuity.
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