X-Men Blue #1
When the original X-Men travelled through time to the present day, it was to bring a disillusioned Cyclops back into the fold by reminding him of the hope he and his cohort once embodied. In X-Men Blue #1, writer Cullen Bunn gives the team a new mission: to bring hope to disillusioned X-Men fans by evoking a time when good guys were good, bad guys bad, and the proceedings light hearted and fun!
One could argue that having the classic X-Men remain in the present has lost its luster, before the first volume of All-New X-Men came to a close even. There is need for a premise that will justify their continued presence, and as with last week’s Royals #1, ResurrXion continues to deliver as such.
There is definitely a callback to the storytelling structure of 60’s X-Men here, with our merry mutants sent out by their new headmaster to foil the dastardly deeds of some likewise classic villains. To keep things fresh and up to date, Bunn makes slight adjustments to all the tropes one might expect to see while keeping the core elements intact. The story, dialogue and pacing are all on point. Bunn the man!
What better way to compliment amazing writing than with equally amazing art by Jorge Molina and colorist Matt Milla. Molina’s competent use of panel composition does half of the heavy lifting in dolling out the pacing so well, and his clean style is complemented by Milla’s bright colors to fit the tone this series aspires for. There is also a short prologue to future events at the end of the main story. Drawn by Matteo Buffagni, it will leave you salivating in wonder at what the “SNIKT” will happen next! -Keli