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Anyway this comic is written by Brian Wood and art by Oliver Coipel (pencils, inks), Mark Morales (inks), and Laura Martin (Colors). Brian Wood is actually well known for writing great female characters though for his part he’s admitted his secret is that he just writes women the same as he would men. So if it’s that simple why do so many male writers do it so terribly so often?
Full review after the jump.
|Jubilee & Son #1|
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For the most part this a pretty accessible issue. You really don’t need to know a heck of a lot about the X-Men to jump right in, which is really good because X-Men comics are notoriously convoluted. Everything you need to know to enjoy the book is in the issue and presented in a way that feels natural. Unlike Uncanny X-Men you don’t need to know anything that’s happened in the last two years to really get it. The biggest problem in this regard is the appearance of John Sublime who is a high concept villain from Grant Morrison hard to follow run on the book from about ten years ago, but even then this book streamlines it very well so that it will make sense to anyone who’s never heard of him.
|Wow, that's how Rachel Summers dresses casually?|
I liked the artwork for the most part, especially the colors which I think work really well, but at times the backgrounds really look bad and certain figures that aren’t the main focus of a shot seem under drawn. I love the story, for what we see of it, and it has me really hyped to read the next issue. The villain is a little vague but, again, this is the first issue and hopefully it will get more development in forthcoming issues. The dialogue is pretty good though some characters sound a little “off” for lack of a better term. Kitty Pryde, for example, kind of sounds much younger than she should be at this point based on some of the dialogue choices. There’s a little bit of that here and there but nitpicking and shouldn’t be held against the book.
("We really need a decent rallying catchphrase...")
I didn’t have a whole lot to dislike about this book but I did have some questions, foremost being whether or not Jubilee is still a vampire or not. I mean she’s walking around in broad daylight for the whole book and it’s never once mentioned or implied. Now I know that she was supposed to be trying to figure out ways to overcome vampire weaknesses or whatever but this plot point isn’t mentioned. Yes, discussing it may have made the book harder to get into as a new reader but as an old reader who hasn’t been keeping up with the books very well the last few years I really wish I had an explanation. Also I know that Rogue has total control over her powers but I’m not sure what her limits are. Can she use multiple powers at once? She must be able to because she can fly and has super strength in this issue. Could she also have theoretically shot lasers out of her eyes and controlled the weather if she wanted to? Is there a time limit? Another mutant, Mimic, has similar powers but has specific limits to them (he can mimic the powers of five other mutants at half the original strength) and I’d like something similar for Rogue. If there is a limit, or if you know what’s up with Jubilee’s blood sucking habit, feel free to educate me in the comments.
I’ve heard extremely positive things about this book prior to picking it up, some of them saying this was one of the best comics of all time. I don’t know about that but X-Men #1 is an extremely strong start to what I hope will be a good run. Brian Wood has so far made me want to stay on board which is a good sign. If you are new to the X-Men this is a considerably better place to start reading than Uncanny X-Men #1 was (as much as I liked it). I really dug it and if you like X-Men, regardless of their gender, you will too.
|F**k you, Marvel Divas!|
-Interesting character development
-Pretty good art
-Very accessible for new readers
-Some of the backgrounds aren’t the best drawn
-Is Jubilee a vampire or what?