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‘X-Men’ #1 is an exciting relaunch

X-Men #1 brings a new team and new mission to the Marvel Universe as the X-Men try to build back from the ashes of Krakoa.

Have you been afraid to read X-Men? Or maybe you’ve been a lifelong reader of their books? What about fair-weather fans? Well, regardless of your thoughts on them, X-Men #1 attempts to deliver a multifaceted delivery to readers of all types in this relaunch issue. After years of being under the Krakoa umbrella, the X-Men are back to basics. They’re building back up from the ashes of what was lost.

While some readers have gone through the entirety of the Krakoa saga, I have not been able to keep up. Perhaps some of you experienced something similar, where you tried it but just couldn’t stick with it. With a new numbering comes a new creative team, and X-Men #1 introduces Jed MacKay and Ryan Stegman into the world of mutants. In their first issue together, there’s a lot they accomplish. But how does this story stand as a gateway to new and old readers?

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As the summary holds, the X-Men no longer have their eternal paradise island to call home. They are no longer a united nation with their own interpersonal politics. They are, once again, persecuted by mankind. Here, the X-Men are united under the familiar leadership of Scott Summers, who bears a new suit to embody this new era for the X-Men. Joining Cyclops are Beast, Magneto, Psylocke, Kid Omega, Temper, Magik, and… Juggernaut? Yep, that’s right! MacKay does a great job introducing the team to readers through brief nuances unique to them. While Scott is as cool and collected as ever, others like Magik and Juggernaut or Kid Omega and Temper have an enjoyable dynamic that adds some comedic relief to the series, while others such as Beast and Magneto provide sharp versatility to the team. While the premise of the issue is simple in nature, it does wonders to double as a sales pitch to both an inquiring mind in Alaska and to the reader. Altogether, MacKay does a splendid job crafting a team of old and new mutants, as in true X-Men fashion, to deliver an immediately lovable roster.

X-Men #1

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While it’s unclear what threats the first arc may pose to the X-Men, their relaunch issue takes time to introduce the readers to who these X-Men are and what they stand for. This works, in my opinion, at capturing the gravitas that the X-Men are capable of showing. While it seems that the fight may be coming to them down the line, as they have quite a public location to manage, they also seem to be going to the fight and continuing to save mutants in danger. This works as a baseline premise of showing what the team’s purpose and mission will be, for the time being.

X-Men #1

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Artist Ryan Stegman partners with colors by Marte Gracia to deliver a vibrant story. While Stegman has delivered a brand new suit to Scott that has caught many people’s eye, it seems to work brilliantly for the series. While entering a new chapter, with some expected darkness ahead, the X-Men’s leader having a bright target to bring attention to feels both justified and interesting. That said, two other brilliant parts of Stegman’s work are his excellent use of paneling in the calmer parts of the story in contrast to the intensity of the action sequences that balance out the story. This is only elevated by Mayer’s vibrant colors, which add life to the story through the intensity of his colors. One great example of this is when Psylocke appears and startles some unfriendly folk she successfully snuck up on, which ends up making for an extremely cool moment. Overall, the art in this issue works perfectly to play to the strengths of both the characters and the overall theme of the story.

As a whole, X-Men #1 is a strong relaunch that brings readers into a new era for the X-Men. While it may be a bit familiar, I believe it does a great job of leaping over one of the hardest hurdles for the title: following up on the aftermath of the fall of Krakoa. While we’re only an issue in, it’s clear that the series is going to be balanced between being jam-packed with action and carrying a lighthearted undertone that should captivate many readers. While nothing can last forever, including the prior era of the X-Men, it seems that this series is going to take the importance of Krakoa and what it stood for to use as a moral compass to guide the team to protect mutants from experiencing loss on that level again.

X-Men #1
‘X-Men’ #1 is an exciting relaunch
X-Men #1
The first issue of the new arc 'Fire-Baptized Species' starts off strong by accepting the importance of the previous stories and entering the X-Men, and readers, into a brand new day for the series.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.7
Each team member fits perfectly and has their own unique value that works to overall deliver a fun new roster
The story embraces the importance of Krakoa and acknowledges it head on as it works to deliver a new era
The issue is beautifully drawn and has some spectacular action sequences
10
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