Fan-favorite X-Men comic creators Fabian Nicieza and Brett Booth dive into the new and canonical adventures of the mutant team of days gone by.
One of the most historic and fan-favorite eras for the X-Men was the early ’90s when Chris Claremont and Jim Lee ushered in a bold new era for the comic book line and the hit animated series featured new episodes from Fox. Acclaimed comic book creators Fabian Nicieza and Brett Booth, who both held their own prolifically popular posts during this time period, come together to kick off the new series. X-Men Legends. Exploring this pivotal moment in the history of Marvel’s Merry Mutants, this new story, as opposed to thoughtful series like X-Men forever – is told within the continuity of the main Marvel Universe and reveals a never-before-told story of the time. Thankfully, both Nicieza and Booth settle in as if no time has passed, without their story looking dated or completely treading on nostalgia, hopefully setting the tone for the series.
Set after the events of 1991 X Men # 39 by Nicieza and Terry Dodson, X-Men Legends # 1 has a Shi’ar vanguard led by Erik the Red who comes to Earth in search of a mysterious figure and cuts down anyone who stands in their way. As Cyclops and his brother Havok fight to save the day, they discover that the mystery of Summers’ third brother will lead them to an impromptu family reunion across the cosmos, with Starjammers and Adam-X all set for an adventure that will reveal new secrets about him. Summers family breakthrough.
Nicieza and Booth’s cosmic X-Men story is set to run in two issues, with a different and influential creative team set to rotate and replace them with issue three this April. And Nicieza, who wrote everything from X Men to New mutants During the line’s best-selling zenith, he’s able to effortlessly slip into the rhythm and tone of the era, bringing Scott and Alex Summers back together like the brothers’ glory days. This story really does focus on the Summers family in the first place, with every other X-Men appearing in the issue filling a supporting role at best. And while this approach may confuse some readers, Nicieza has a firm grip on her protagonists’ voices and wisely keeps the narrative moving at a steady pace.
This back-to-basics approach is matched by Booth, working with inker Adelso Corona and color artist Guru-eFx. The art team captures all the visual sensibilities of the time with cheeky poise, from superhero socks to outrageously rendered armor outfitted with enough blades to make one look like a walking Swiss Army knife and that’s rather the point; The art team leans towards how blatantly bombastic the early ’90s were for Marvel, especially the X-Men line. And while breathing new life into the signature style of the bygone era, Booth, et. They all manage to make the procedures look dated, but rather use it to their advantage to set the scene and deliver some exaggerated paces of action.
For fans of the X-Men of the early ’90s, this is definitely a must read, combining a throwback tone and visual flair with an elaborate storyline with modern sensibilities in view. Nicieza and Booth have delivered a light and windy adventure that ensures Cyclops and Havok fans get a smile without shaking the boat too much; this is a fan service with a wink rather than a derivative overabundance. And with Louise and Walt Simonson taking over with the third issue to deliver a lost story from their X Factor to run, X-Men Legends it’s fast becoming nostalgic and canonical stories throughout well-done X-Men history.
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