Thursday, April 20, 2017

X-Men: Blue #1

I've been of the opinion that the time-displaced team of original X-Men has long outlived its usefulness. Brought to the present by the Beast in an attempt to control Cyclops, their purpose for being in their own future died with Cyclops (and most of my interest in the X-Men).

X-Men: Blue reuintes the original team, who got scattered a bit in recent events. Back together with Jean Grey in command, the team has a new mission statement (but sadly no X-23, whose relationship with Angel was one of the few bright moments to come out of the group's time-travel misadventures). X-Men: Blue #1 sees the team take on Black Tom Cassidy (who apparently isn't as 70s singer-songwriter) and the Juggernaut, the later being the more interesting battle of the two. Ending the fight to send one of their oldest enemies to Hell, it appears the Beast has learned something from his older self about moral ambiguity.

The reveal of the team's final member, and true leader, makes things a bit more interesting. Having gone through so many transformations over the years, just what is this version of Magneto after? Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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