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Comic Review: X-Men Prime #1

 

x-menprime_coverX-Men Prime #1 (Marvel Comics)

Now that the dust has settled on IvX, it’s time for Marvel to start revving up for the next installment of the X-Men franchise, RessurXion. Of course, this means it’s time for a special one-shot issue that will set the stage for the upcoming X-Men books coming your way next month. Featuring the creative teams behind almost every major title in the RessurXion event, X-Men Prime serves as the perfect book to get you back into the world of Marvel’s Merry Mutants, but if you’re looking for any jaw-dropping revelations, you’ll be disappointed.

X-Men Prime is anchored by Storm visiting Kitty Pryde in Chicago in an attempt to recruit her back into the X-Men fold. After the events of Extraordinary X-men and IvX, Storm is looking for a clean break, and thinks that Kitty is the perfect person to replace her as leader of the X-Men. This leads to revelations about the young time displaced members of the original X-Men team, a new threat waiting in the shadows for Old Man Logan and other characters associated with the Weapon X program, and a new home for the X-Men, located right in the heart of New York City.

Writers Marc Guggenheim, Cullen Bunn, and Greg Pak all share writing duties here, and while you can clearly tell which sections of the issue they wrote, it’s not so noticeable that it disrupts the flow of the issue. However, there is a major focus on the younger X-Men’s story in this issue than the other two series. While I’m intrigued by all three of the new ResurrXion titles, a more even spotlight for the books would’ve been appreciated here, as the one I was most interested in (Weapon X) has a pretty small page count.

Ken Lashley handles a majority of the art in this issue, and he does a great job. Many times artists can handle the human looking X-Men, but struggle with some of the more fantastical characters that make up the team. Not so with Lashley, as he’s able to create distinct designs for all members of the team, but also keep them within the designs we recognize. There isn’t a lot of action in this issue for Lashley to depict, but he does a tremendous job of showcasing life in X-Haven, and of depicting Kitty Pryde reminiscing on her time with the team.

X-Men Prime doesn’t contain any earth shattering revelations, but it serves as a nice “reset” of the X-Men after the past few years. There’s a lot of interesting things coming up for these teams, and Prime serves as a great way to check out what Marvel has planned.  It’s the perfect book for new and lapsed X-Men fans to get a taste of what’s to come.

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