X-MEN PRIME #1
Written by: Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak, and Cullen Bunn
Art by: Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk, Guillermo Ortego, Morry Hollowell, Frank D’Armata, Michael Garland, and Joe Caramagna
Published by: Marvel Comics
X-Men Prime #1 sees Storm recruit Kitty Pryde out of retirement to lead the ResurreXion for the X-Men. Along the way we check in on Lady Deathstrike who will star in the upcoming Weapon-X title.
Later in the issue, we run into Jubilee and a handful of students we’ll see more of in the upcoming Generation X book. And last, but not least, we see Jean Grey and the time-displaced original X-Men who will star in the upcoming X-Men Blue.
Writer Marc Guggenheim uses Kitty Pryde as our tour guide, one that old and new fans can relate to. Meanwhile Greg Pak, and Cullen Bunn handle the sections featuring the upcoming titles. But I’m happy to say the change between writers though, is pretty seamless.
Guggenheim writes Kitty as a still young character, but one that has seen too much battle and heartache too. But despite this, Kitty is still the hopeful person we all knod and love. And in this issue, Kitty knows what’s best for the X-Men, what exactly she needs to do to bring them back to being the X-Men we cared about.
The art in X-Men Prime is quite nice, with Ken Lashley taking home the gold. I’ve liked his work ever since he was on Excalibur in the early 1990’s, so it was nice to see him draw Kitty again. The other scenes fall to Ibraim Roberson and Leonard Kirk. The Lady Deathstrike scene is darker, and less detailed than the Kitty Pryde sequences, but it definitely fits the scene. And Lady Deathstrike looks just like Kelly Hu did in the film X2, right down to the pant suit.
Meanwhile, the segment with the time displaced X-Men, is brighter, more fun, and includes costumes. Not great costumes minds you, but at least they’re wearing some. This part of the issue also sees Jean Grey wondering why the boys are always so protective of her. A good question, considering she’s probably the most powerful out of all of them.
X-Men Prime #1 is exactly what you expected: An overpriced issue that previews the new upcoming X-Men books. However, X-Men Prime is also pretty damn good, and that is something I was not expecting.
All of the sudden I’m interested in the Weapon-X and Jean Grey books, and I can’t wait to see what kitty Pryde has in store for the children of the atom.
X-Men Prime #1 score: A-