New Mutants was one of two new titles debuting this week in the Dawn of X. It was actually the one that I was looking forward to the most. Like a lot of people, I have a fondness for the original New Mutants. While X-Force pleasantly surprised me, New Mutants gave me what I wanted. Did it give me more?
I didn't know if I wanted to review Excalibur #1 or not. It's not that I thought it was bad. It really doesn't seem much like an X-book. Of course, then I realized that at its best, the original Excalibur didn't seem like one, either. I gave it a second read through.
It's been a while since we explored the Multiverse. It's been so long, I had to look up and see if there was a format to this column that's not really a column. Of course, there's not a format, so let's just get started.
Before I review Marauders #1, I don't know if we're going to be reviewing every first issue of this latest X-Men relaunch, but it seems like we probably should. Nevertheless, I personally have been looking forward to this issue. I like Kitty Pryde, as I'm certain other people here at Needless Essentials Online. Also, I'm intrigued at what exactly Emma Frost's plan is with this new mutant nation.
It’s the Dawn of X. Now we can see how this new direction for Marvel’s mutants evolves. I really liked the twelve issues that led into this line-wide relaunch of the mutant titles. Is this momentum going to hold, especially with the flagship title written by Jonathan Hickman? Oh, yeah, there may be some spoilers.
Disney announced on Tuesday that Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios will now also oversee the comics division as chief creative officer. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter) This brings everything, film, television, and comics under one creative officer instead of separate people, with differing agendas. Feige will continue to report to Disney co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman.
Fans my age tend to have a fondness for the hunt and discovery of of back issues in a time before every moderately-sized city had a comic shop. In the part of North Carolina that I grew up in, the big mother-load of back issues were usually flea markets. I would find some gems at the flea market, whether it was the one off the Interstate that coated the family car in dust, or the one just outside of town that had only a few booths. In that last one, the comic seller had a really good selection of back issue Marvel comics. I seem to recall one in particular he had was Avengers #157, which sported a Jack Kirby cover. Of course, at the time. I had no clue who Jack Kirby was. Nevertheless, the cover had all of the Avengers taken out by one foe, and all I could see of him was his boots.
NOW we now have the blueprint for Jonathan Hickman’s new direction for the X-Men. Nothing terribly new is revealed about the present plans for the X-Men, but we do have a clear explanation for the why of it all. Oh, I will be spoiling the story for people. Powers of X #6 Writer: Jonathan Hickman
There's absolutely no way to review this comic without spoiling it. Before I read it, I had it spoiled for me. I really recommend that you read this issue before proceeding with what I think about it. It's actually pretty fortunate that my day job and other pressing matters prevented me from finishing this until a week after it hit shops.
I had such a good time with my review of Phantom Lady #13 that I decided to review another really old comic. Marvel Unlimited has about 340 comics before 1962 on their service, and one of them happens to be the first appearance of everyone's favorite tree. I'm talking about Groot. This Groot comes from the era of monster comics, where not everything was a Fin Fang Foom or a Groot. Just skimming the list, I've got Monstrollo, Sserpo, Klagg, Moomba, and Kraa. Groot looks to be one of those standard one-issue space monsters wreaking havoc for no apparent reason other than he could. I wanted to see if there was anything in there that resembled the character that we've come to adore.
It's been talked about and now it's here. Jonathan Hickman's X-Men has started. House of X #1 hit shops and we start to get a lot of answers to questions we've had. We just don't get all of them. The first issue leaves as many questions as it answers.