Title: X-Men Red (2018-) #1
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar
Publication Date: February 7th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE! JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn’t recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team — NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) — to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER’s dream by any means necessary!
Jean Grey is back in action and she’s leading a team of her own in a world that she no longer recognizes and she is hellbent on realizing Charles Xavier’s dream of bringing mutants and non-mutants together and achieving harmony. To achieve this goal, Jean has recruited some of the world’s greatest minds, and although I am unsure of whether Xavier’s dream is realistic, I am eager to see exactly how Jean goes about making things work. Also, while her cause is noble, what fun would X-Men comic books be if everyone got along and mutants were accepted and considered ‘normal?’
Regardless of whether a peaceful world makes for entertaining X-Men comic books, X-Men Red (2018-) #1 is a very entertaining comic book that works quite well thanks to Tom Taylor’s well-written script. What stands out most in X-Men Red (2018-) #1 is Taylor’s ability to write a natural sounding Jean Grey that leaves no doubt in the minds of readers; Taylor’s Jean Grey sounds and thinks and, from what I can see thus far, which, I’ll admit isn’t much, behaves like Jean Grey. This is a plus, and ultimately leads me to believe that the character rests in good hands.
The artwork found in X-Men Red (2018-) #1 is mostly exceptional and deserving of praise. Asrar’s illustrations are great except for a few where, thanks to very odd or poorly detailed facial expressions, characters look strange and, perhaps, unfinished. Aside from that, this book looks and feels great.
The Bottom Line:
Jean Grey is back in action and she’s leading a team of her own. Achieving Xavier’s dream won’t be easy, but Jean is going to give it a go. Overall, X-Men Red (2018-) #1 is an entertaining book that, despite some odd-looking illustrations, works well and is worth reading.