Marvel Comics has provided us with a preview of the upcoming X-Men Blue #1, the second flagship book in the reborn X-Men line.
Of all the various X-Men titles that Marvel published over the last years, by far my least favorite was All-New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis. I just never saw the point of bringing a younger version of the original team forward in time and I don’t think Bendis did either. He never really did anything noteworthy or interesting with the characters or explained why they came forward in time in the first place.
Those that thought Bendis would catch magic in a bottle twice and replicate the success he had with the Avengers franchise were sorely mistaken. The entire time he was on the X-Men books they meandered all over the place and really didn’t seem to go anywhere. And the worst offender was All-New X-Men.
To be brutally honest, the book was just awful and borderline unreadable most of the time.
Once Bendis left, the X-Men titles improved but the teenage versions of the X-Men remained oddly out of place. It was like no one was really sure what exactly to do with them.
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Now Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina are the latest creative team to see if they can solve the puzzle of the time lost original X-Men in the pages of the new ongoing series X-Men Blue.
Part of Marvel’s ResurreXion relaunch of the X-Men line of books, X-Men Blue sees the teenagers try to live the original dream of Charles Xavier while dealing with the usual mutant craziness that seems to always follow. Along with X-Men Gold the series will serve as one of the flagship titles for the reborn line of books.
Word is that the X-Men will be a lot more fun than they have been over the last few years. More adventure and humor and less feared and hated. Who knows? Maybe such an approach is just what these characters need to work and be interesting.
I guess we’ll find out soon.
From the Marvel solicitation:
"With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody their mentor Charles Xavier’s dream. Friendly faces and familiar foes abound as the original Children of the Atom set out on a new journey. But how long will their adventure’s last before they come face-to-face with their one of their greatest enemies?"
X-Men Blue goes on sale April 12, 2017 and will feature a cover by the legendary Art Adams as well as variant covers by Leonard Kirk, Jim Lee, Billy Martin, Skottie Young, Neal Adams Ramon Villalobos and Jack Kirby.