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Review: Nightcrawler #1

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Nightcrawler #1

Writer: Chris Claremont

Artist: Todd Nauck

Now I know exactly what you’re thinking. Chris Claremont is at it again? Didn’t we leard after X-Men Gold last year? No, and believe it or not this issue was better than expectations lead me to believe. Now we all know Chris Claremont’s work on Uncanny X-Men back in the day changed the game. Claremont’s Dark Phoenix Saga is still probably one of the greatest epics told in comics. However times have changed and so have comics. Well So did Claremont on this issue, no more thought bubbles this time around folks! As Nightcrawler sets into the new Jean Grey School he’s amazed at the spectacle of the new students. While his main concern is the Well being of Wolverine who’s lost his healing factor. As Nightcrawler gets his bearings he reminisces about Excalibur with Rachel Grey and visits his once lover Amanda Sefton(The Second Magik).

The Good

This is such a solid start to a solo Nightcrawler book, its shocking. Piggy backing off of Jason Aaron’s Amazing X-Men this feel like it poured out of the most recent issue. I expected it to be bogged down with Claremont’s previous undertakings with Nightcrawler but instead took a good fresh start. Chris Claremont taking a more modern approach to this issue was beyond worth the purchase alone. Last year’s X-Men Gold had me skeptical to see if my childhood hero could still hang. Claremont proves in this issue he’s not the George Lucas of comics and can adapt to this Modern Age. Todd Nauck on a Marvel Comic book again just feels right. I absolutely loved the feel of this issue. A soulless Nightcrawler now finds hismelf a man out of time and lost in the home who grew to love so much.

The Bad

As awesome as this issue turned out to be, it def felt like a build-up kinda issue. Also if you had’t read any of Jason Aaron’s Amazing X-men you would literally have no idea what was going on. So much of where this title begins is from various other sides of the X-Verse. Also seeing Amanda Sefton again felt a little cheap. A romance of Nightcrawler’s from the Claremont days, and did make me scratch my head a little.

The Verdict

This is certainly an issue one. But as far as Claremont’s return to writing X-books this feels exactly the way you want it to be. A fresh Modern start to a X-Men Legend! The pairing of Nauck and Claremont just feels perfect. Its like the art you just expect for Claremont to have move his story. I’m absolutely impressed. I honestly picked up this issue expecting to talk a little smack on my hero, and instead found he can adjust to the times. I will def be picking up the next issue.

This issue gets 3 Jules misjudged Claremont out of 5