X-Men (2019-) #1 Review

Series: X-Men (2019-)
Issue: #1
Publisher: Marvel
Published: October 16, 2019

Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Leinil Francis Yu
Inker: Gerry Alanguilan
Color Artist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Publisher’s Summary: DAWN OF X! The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!


X-Men (2019-) #1 Review

“I understand you’re afraid you’re going to hurt someone. But choosing to keep your eyes closed because you’re scared? That’s what they do. And you don’t have to go through life blind because you are not like them.”

Writer Jonathan Hickman slows the previously established pace from a sprint to crawl, taking the time to further develop, and explore, characters and their relationships with one another. Depth is good, but balance is better. Still, Hickman makes it clear–several times throughout the issue–that he knows these characters and the fans that are fond of them; this approach makes for a fulfilling read.

Throughout the issue, artist Leinil Francis Yu succeeded in making character interactions and ‘quiet’ scenes visually appealing. I found myself far more immersed in dialogue-rich scenes than in those heavy on action. For now, this is perfectly acceptable, but as things heat up, and issues rely more on action for excitement, Yu will need better visually construct scenes so that it is clear what is happening in them. In comics where the protagonists wear costumes and have superhuman abilities, immersion in action–in scene–is paramount. 

Far from accessible, X-Men (2019-) #1 relies heavily on readers knowledge of characters’ histories and recent events; as a fan, this didn’t affect my reading experience, but I can see how those new to the X-Men, or those returning from a reading hiatus, could get lost. X-Men (2019-) #1 doesn’t feel like a series debut–that’s both enjoyable and problematic.

It is only a matter of time before chaos ensues and this whole new world of possibility that’s been established is shaken; further conflict is inevitable. I’m looking forward to finding out exactly how Hickman plans to wreck everything that the mutants have built, and worked for, thus far.

Bottom Line

Not exactly what I was expecting, X-Men #1 is slow and deliberate and offers readers a break from the drama and intensity of House of X and Powers of X. Still, X-Men #1 is a worthwhile read that promises a wild and dramatic ride in future issues.

Comic Book Cover of X-Men (2019-) #1
X-Men (2019-) #1 Review
The Bottom Line
Not exactly what I was expecting, X-Men #1 is slow and deliberate and offers readers a break from the drama and intensity of House of X and Powers of X. Still, X-Men #1 is a worthwhile read that promises a wild and dramatic ride in future issues.
Yes!
Promising character interaction
No...
A slow burn of a debut
8

Charlie Chipman
Charlie Chipman
The kind of guy who almost always ends his e-mails with, "Cheers," Charlie serves as Editor-in-Chief here at The Brazen Bull where he often reviews comic books and television shows. His favorite punctuation mark is the interrobang‽

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