Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1

Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey and Emma Frost #1 kicks off a series of comics from Marvel highlighting various X-Men characters and artists. Russell Dauterman does the art for this mostly silent tale involving the interesting team-up of Jean Grey and Emma Frost traveling inside Storm's mind to rescue their fellow X-Men who has been attacked by the Children of the Vault. Although there are cameos from other characters, the issue is devoted to Frost and Grey to stop the attack by a machine virus threatening to kill Storm in the next 30 days.

Writer Jonathan Hickman provides the outline of a story here which Russell Dauterman expands on over the course of an extra-sized issue. The easy joke would be to play on the two women's feelings for Cyclops, and his feelings for them, but neither Hickman nor Dauterman rises to that bait or play on any underling animosity between the two characters. Honestly, the last X-Men reboot has done nothing but confuse me on character, timeline, and plot. Stripping as much of that away as possible led to the first enjoyable issue I've had with the new reality the characters now find themselves in. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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