X-Men First Class #1 Review

DC Comics are my first love, but I have read my share of older Marvel Comics, even owning a few trades (Dark Phoenix for example). I don’t pick them up monthly, so most Marvel comics, especially X-Men, don’t work for me that well. For example, Thor’s return in Civil War did not shock me, I never knew he left…

My friendly neighborhood comic shop owner, one of the few comic fans I know older than myself, pointed this comic to me, mentioning they are using the original X-Men. I then heard that, Issue 1 at least, was self contained. All that combined made this a worthy shot to take.

Creative Team
Writer: Jeff Parker
Penciller: Roger Cruz
Inker: Victor Olazaba

Art Rating: 6 Night Girls out of 10
Story Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10

Commentary:

I’m not doing a synopsis for this comic. The story is simple and contained, and doesn’t need to be spoiled here. Suffice it to say each of the original X-Men (Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Angel, Ice Man and Beast) get highlighted and the story ties it all together very well. The adventure is the prop that lets us into the early training and development of 5 special mutants into a team. The art is good, if a little exaggerated. It certainly helps tell the story. The story, most importantly the characterization, is fun and right on target. This would be a great comic for someone who has seen the X-Men in movies or cartoons. I’m on board for the rest.