X-MEN BLUE #1
Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Jorge Molina, Matteo Buffagni
Published by: Marvel Comics
Marvel’s X-Men Blue is the companion book to the recently released X-Men Gold, but without the controversy. And while the Gold team follows a group of more established characters, X_Men Blue follows the adventures of the time displaced teen versions of the original X-Men. But there’s more to distinguish the new core X-Men titles than the team rosters.
X-Men Blue #1 sees the return of Jean Grey to the group, which brings an unexpected level of tension to the team. Cyclops keeps acting as leader, even though Jean is in charge now, and she sometimes uses her powers in a questionable manner.
I like Jean Grey as team leader, but I don’t understand why three of her teammates are infatuated with her. Cyclops okay, even Angel had a crush on her way back when, but beast too? It’s odd to say the least, and it gets old rather quickly.
I will sat writer Cullen Bunn is rather good at balancing the original appeal of these time-displaced X-Men with the need to keep things fresh and fun. That’s very important, esoecually since All-New X-Men #19 revealed that these X-Men can never go back to their own time. So any fresh take on the team that Bunn and artist Jorge Molina can generate is welcomed. And judging by their first issue, there’s some good stuff ahead.
Jorge Molina is the perfect choice to draw this book. Molina’s art is dynamic and more concerned with capturing the energy of Bunn’s script. There are panel in issue one that are breathtaking, like the one of Angel saving Cyclops. This one panel shows height, depth, and everything in between.
Also, it was great seeing Black Tom Cassidy and Juggernaut together again. Those two were a huge part of the X-Men books when I was reading every X-Men title over 25 years ago. And Molina’s renditions of the two, are some of the best I can remember.
I did have a couple of problems with X-Men Blue #1, but hopefully these will be addressed in future issues: The guys’ infatuation with Jean that I mentioned earlier; why the group sometimes act like they were pulled from 1964 and not the early 2000’s (or whenever the origins of the X-Men happened in the 616); why Beast act like an ass to everyone; and can someone tell me how old this Bobby drake is supposed to be, because he act like he’s 12.
When Brian Michael Bendis brought this team into the present, I wasn’t a fan of the idea. But the first issue of X-Men Blue goes a long way towards changing my mind. There’s a lot of room for Cullen Bunn and artist Jorge Molina to explore. And while X-Men Blue #1 isn’t perfect, it is a solid and fun start for the new book.
X-Men Blue #1 score: B+