The GeeksverseThe First X-Men #1

The First X-Men #1
Published on Monday, August 6, 2012 by

At last, Marvel reveals the team of X-Men that came before the X-Men.

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Neal Adams
Colored by: Matthew Wilson
Lettered by: VC's Clayton Cowles
Cover by: Neal Adams w/ Matthew Wilson
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Nick Lowe

When this was first announced, I was pretty unsure about the idea. It sounded like one giant retcon that could either work out pretty well or work out very badly. No in between. Also, as must as I admire Neal Adams and his legacy, his latest stuff that I had seen (Batman: Odyssey) wasn’t that good.

So it was with trepidation that I approached this book.

I’m still unsure on how the premise is going to work, how this will fit into established continuity. I can already see some big hurdles and some possible issues popping up, mostly in how Logan and Creed are working together. Seems odd that Creed would never once mention this time to Logan, a time when they were both hired killers?

But the series did pass one hurdle, how to deal with Professor Xavier. Gage sets it up so that the meeting with Logan and Creed starts Xavier on his path to create the X-Men and at the same time provides a reason why the Professor wouldn’t have sought out Logan as one of his first students. Because of Logan’s association with Creed, Xavier doesn’t trust him. That part makes sense and works brilliantly.

The rest is up for grabs.

The story itself moves very quickly. There’s alot of rapid fire movement, from location to location. Events happen and keep moving, not stopping to catch a breath. It seems to work okay, for the most part. The pace allows Gage to skip over filling in potentially dangerous (in a continuity sense) back story and just concentrate on the current events.

Neither character really sounds like themselves, but it’s in the past so that makes sense. It’s also before Logan got hooked up with Department H.

As for the art, this was some excellent Adams art. He’s never been a big fan of staying within panel borders and this issue shows why he’s the master at breaking them. Excellent work all around for Adams.

The First X-Men #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

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