Extraordinary X-Men #1


Capsule Review

Top-shelf work from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Humberto Ramos, with a special Longbox Graveyard commendation to colorist Edgar Delgado, who really made these big pages come alive (the two-page spread of Colossus working his Russian farm stopped me dead). An endearing strength of the X-Men is how the core concept can stand up to almost all narrative violence. Here the X-Men are assembling a new team in a world even more threatening than before, where Terrigen mist is killing and sterilizing mutants, and the unspecified past sins of an absent Cyclops have once again turned the world against our heroes. Professor X is seen only as a ghost, Jean Grey is a teenager, Wolverine is an old man … but it all works, in its crazy way, and I am encouraged to see the core membership of this team draws on the most iconic characters of X-Men past. Yes, it is a bit of a jumble, but beneath it all the X-Men are still the X-Men — characters you recognize, fighting the good fight against intolerance, striking from the shadows and feeling like the world is collapsing in on them. Love it!

Approachability For New Readers

As good as it ever gets with the X-Men, which is to say, “not very.” Working out past histories and relationships is part-and-parcel of the X-Men experience, and this book is no exception. But this is a good jumping-on point — a new status quo is explained, a new team is mustered, and there are enough familiar faces from movies and comics past that even brand new readers will find something to latch onto.

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Sales Rank

(#5 November)

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Extraordinary X-Men #1



About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published every now and then at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on December 10, 2015, in Reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m all for Jeff Lemire attempting to write the X-men, but I really, really no likie the art. Humberto Ramos was really not an ideal choice to use to draw Lemire’s stories I felt.
    Kinda’ undercuts the seriousness of it all really, much like his Spider-Man art wasn’t a good fit, at least not the more darker, and serious stories Slott was writing.

    Other than that, I want to know based off the cover, who version of Kurt is this?

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    • I don’t know as I’ve read Ramos before — I liked his art just fine. I can see where you might find a disconnect, though — Ramos is on the more exaggerated side of the spectrum, but his characters have distinct expressions, and they emote, which counts for a lot. Once you see that disconnect, it is hard to unsee it, though … I had that very problem with the new Illuminati book (review coming soon).

      I’m not expert in the many X-Men variants running around out there, so I can’t tell you who this Kurt may be. He’s wearing armor, and he carries a sword, and he quotes the Bible … I expect it is the original guy. But don’t quote me on it.


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