Amazing X-Men 1 review

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This series has been teased for months now within Wolverine and the X-Men, even before its official announcement. The first storyline is all about Nightcrawler’s return, which is sure to excite his many fans. Also on the team include Firestar, a newcomer to the X-Men, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and of course, Wolverine. Sounds like a recipe for a great X-Men book.

Written by Jason Aaron, Amazing X-Men wastes no time in re-introducing Nightcrawler. He’s in heaven. His scenes work fairly well, as he’s enjoying paradise but often misses his adventures with his fellow mutants. And then Azazel just had to show up. For those who don’t know, Azazel was introduced in one of Chuck Austin’s many controversial X-Men stories as Nightcrawler’s demonic father. It’s not worth blaming Aaron for creating him, but even referencing him will turn off some people. The plot of Heaven under attack could be interesting, but it’s not very well explained yet. It’s also hard to believe that a single demonic entity and his misfit thugs would stand a chance amongst the legions of angels.

The rest of the comic takes place in the Jean Grey School, mostly from Firestar’s perspective. This is where the quality starts to slip. Aaron’s other X-Men series, Wolverine and the X-Men, is very polarizing with its constant zany humour and lack of character focus. Some of that humour finds its way into this issue, although it’s thankfully toned down. With all the jokes and craziness being thrown around, the comic sometimes feels like too much of a sitcom. The comic again improves once it starts focusing on the plot again, but it spends too much time screwing around that it kills the pacing. There’s also a pointless Emma Frost insult, once again suggesting that Jason Aaron hates her character (though he denies this in interviews).

While the writing quality is a little inconsistent, the art is always good. Heaven appears to be a pleasant place, even without any mansions in sight. The art within the school does a good job at conveying the chaos, and every character is easily recognizable. On that front, the costume detail and facial expressions are both very well drawn and coloured. The bamfs actually look cute in this comic, when they usually look like ugly mini-nightcrawlers in WATXM.

This comic is adequate enough. It could have used less sitcom material, but it sets up the premise fairly well. If you’re anxiously waiting for Nightcrawler’s return, this is at least worth reading. Personally, I’m still undecided whether I’ll pick up the next issue or not. It’s certainly better than WATXM has been lately though, and hopefully future issues will be better. Jason Aaron can write very well – just look at his Thor series. As someone who likes Nightcrawler, I hope he’ll bring some of that skill to Amazing X-Men in the future.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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5 Responses to Amazing X-Men 1 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of November 6, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    I found this OK. Nightcrawler was spot-on – buckling swashes and saving a damsel in distress. You can tell how much he’s missed it. There’s less slapstick than WatXM. But it still didn’t wow me.

    And I do resent Aaron bringing Azazel back. Azazel is a terrible character. The Draco was one of the absolute worst stories I have ever read in my entire life, and anything that references that story automatically sucks as a result of acknowledging that the story ever happened. The only thing that could make Aaron bringing in Azazel acceptable is if he reveals that Azazel is actually a demon, and that the whole Draco arc was just him messing with people’s heads for laughs or as part of some bet with another demon.

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