I’m just going to go ahead and say it – Amazing X-Men 7 is possibly the most entertaining X-Men comic I’ve read so far this year. It’s not the best X-Men comic of the year mind you, just the most entertaining.
Kathryn Immonen’s guest issue kicks off with Iceman and Firestar buying supplies for a football-watching party at the Jean Grey School. Right away the two are quipping back and forth, complete with arguing the “difference” between pop and soda. It doesn’t take long for things to get wacky when they discover a baby has somehow appeared in their shopping cart. And then Spider-Man turns up and demands them to hand the baby over. If that’s not weird enough, the baby turns out to be an alien with bizarre destructive powers.
This entire comic is a joy to read. Spider-Man, Firestar and Iceman bounce off each other so well that they should totally get an ongoing together. There’s Iceman learning the consequences of giving an infant too much candy, Firestar desperately trying to save the other two from their silly mistakes and Spider-Man negotiating with aliens. Oh, and there’s also a goat chewing wires in an alien spaceship. I don’t think a proper review of this issue can ignore the fact that there’s a goat chewing up a spaceship. Comics are weird.
The art by Paco Medina is also good. It’s bright and colourful, matching the comic’s tone perfectly. The backgrounds always tell where the characters are in a story that spans multiple types of neighborhoods. The way the heroes are posed, it adds a sense of energy to their antics. The baby is equally cute and creepy, with its pointy ears and wings that sometimes act as its blanket. If Immonen ever gets another ongoing with Marvel (which she totally deserves), Medina would work well as her artist.
Whether you’re a fan of the X-Men or Spider-Man, this is a must read. It’s just … wow is this a fun issue. Just read it.