AMAZING X-MEN #1
The Quest for Nightcrawler Part 1 of 5
Written by JASON AARON
Art and cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cover Price $3.99
Killing off fan-favorite characters has become a mainstream trend in pop-culture, with everything from Walking Dead to Game of Thrones to EVERYTHING Joss Whedon has ever done (damn you, Whedon!!) revels in making their audiences weep and rage in bitter agony. Lucky for us comic book fans, the sadness is only temporary, because death in comics, to the chagrin of many a comic book fan, is also quite temporary. And so we have Amazing X-Men issue #1 and the return of the long deceased (thought deceased?) Nightcrawler. Despite having to jump over a few holes in the plot, AXM #1 is a great comic book, and shows even greater potential.
Ed McGuinness’ art is, to borrow the adjective, Amazing! He seamlessly links epic landscapes to grand fight scenes, and does so with a design style all his own. His broad panel and full page character drawings are remarkable, but he still helps navigate the reader nicely through the overall plotlines. The plotlines themselves, while a bit confusing to a reader unwilling to ignore a few things, were seamed together nicely, and the reintroduction of two (yes, two!) fan-favorite mutants was really well done. It’s an overall good, first chapter in what will, probably, be an arc that runs a couple of issues too long, but there’s enough in this first chapter to keep the pages flipping. As a reader of Wolverine & the X-Men I enjoyed this being a follow-up to some hints Aaron dropped in that title, and it’s awesome to see a full-on Jean Grey School X-Team…finally!
I’ll begin this Bad with a Good: I can’t say a single bad thing about the art, and AXM may be worth picking up just for that reason alone. However, there are gigantic holes in several of the plot-points this book seems to be hinging on, and, without spoiling anything, I would think that Heaven would be a safer place, and mutant psychics wouldn’t be that inept. While these holes may be filled in down the road, they shouldn’t take anything away from the rest of the story, and they don’t really take away from how good Amazing X-Men issue 1 was overall.
Jump on this today! It’s the start of something that is going to end up being a spectacular run of X-Comics. Jason Aaron has yet to disappoint on any of his other offerings, and McGuinness, for the first few issues at least, will surely continue to impress. Yeah, I know, they’re bringing a character back from the dead…AGAIN! Just do what I do: Ignore the entire death, pretend Nightcrawler’s been around the whole time, and enjoy an awesome start to what looks to be a great run for an Amazing new X-Team.