X-MEN: RED #1
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Mahmud Asrar, Ive Svorcina, and Cory Petit
Published by: Marvel Comics
What it’s all about…
THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE! JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn’t recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team — NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) — to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER’s dream by any means necessary! less
What I thought about it…
Last year, Marvel Comics launched the series X-Men: Gold and X-Men: Blue. They probably called them that because they couldn’t think of another name. This year however, Marvel is giving us X-Men: Red, a new series written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Mahumd Asrar.
Issue #1 pf X-Men: Red wastes no time in getting the main story going all. A new menace named “The Hate” has bloodthirsty crowds chasing down mutants all over the world. In this case, the mutant in question is a young girl named Heather, who is being hunted down by a mob that includes her own mom. But the X-Men stop the crowd, and bring the girl to safety. And with that, X-Men Red’s mission is off and running.
Jean Grey is the leader of this new group that includes: Nightcrawler, Namor, Wolverine, and Honey Badger. Also along in this issue are Gentle and Trinary, two character I don’t know anything about. But that’s okay, because the point of X-Men: Red #1 is to set up Jean Grey’s vision for the future of mutant kind.
Writer Tom Taylor does an excellent job bringing this group together. Jean vision is a clear one and an exciting one. Seeing her speaking before the United Nations brought back memories of the first X-Men movie where Jean spoke to congress. That scene didn’t go too well, but this time, Jean has the support of Wakanda and Atlantis.
Another cool thing about this comic was that each character has a reason for being there, and helping Jean Grey. Also, each one gets a moment or two to shine and show what they can do. None of this should come as a surprise because this is the type of thing Taylor does brilliantly in the pages of All-New Wolverine.
But not only does Taylor set up the core team, he also plants the seeds that hint that events in X-Men: Red will affect the rest of the Marvel Universe. That’s the sort of stuff an old school fan like me loves to see.
As for the art, X-Men: Red #1 gives us a ton of wonderful Mahmud Asrar art. And he throws everything at you in thirty pages. In this issue we see everything from exploding heads, powerful infants, to a great white shark. See? a little bit of everything for everyone.
My only major complaint about X-Men: Red #1 is Jean Grey’s new costume. It’s not the suit itself I have problems with, but its the colors bother me. They’re just look odd for me for some reason.
Still, the art is awesome throughout the issue, and the colors definitely pop off the page. All in all, a very solid start by Asrar. I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve, for however long he’s on the book.
X-Men: Red #1 does everything an #1 issue should do: it introduces the team, and the struggle they will face. But perhaps most importantly, Taylor and Asrar, deliver a comic that is accessible to new and old readers. For once, you don’t need to know what’s been happening to the X-Men over the last 10 years. This is a very good start to X-Men: Red, hopefully the book keeps getting better from here on in.
X-Men: Red #1 final score: A-