Review: X-Men ’92 #1

X-Men92The 90’s are back, and so are the X-Men most of us woke up to on Saturday mornings.  I have to admit, when I saw the solicits for this Secret Wars tie in I thought we would be seeing the X-Men from the comics in the 90’s… but it is very clear this book is more like the cartoon version of our merry mutants. And I’m more then ok with that.

We open to our team engaging in a training session… playing lazer tag at the local mall. Plenty of character references from the cartoon are thrown at us here, from Storm referring to Jubilee as ‘child’ and giving out nature themed speeches before using her powers, to Jean Grey doting all over Cyclops, to Wolverine contradicting everything Cyclops says. The two, of course, have a disagreement and Wolverine decides he has better things to do… like go shopping?? (this  felt way out of character to me, cartoon or not… so did the scene where he is shopping and talking with the sales girl… a Wolverine I haven’t seen before). But I digress. The training session is interrupted when a group of Sentinels attack, seeking to terminate the mutants. Our team comes together and defeats the ‘free range Sentinels’ in time for Baron Robert Kelly to arrive.

His arrival gives us some background to this part of Battleworld, telling us about the Westchester wars where Magneto and his brotherhood rose up to fight for mutant rule, and the X-Men stood against them. The X-Men were victorious, are now seen as saviors and the mutants left after the war were sent to a camp called “Clear Mountain”; a place where mutants can be rehabilitated to live as accepted members of society. Of course, the X-Men are suspicious of this and Cyclops insists on investigating… and then quit the team to live a normal life. The X-Men arrive at Clear Mountain and are greeted by its director… Cassandra Nova.

As I said earlier, I was expecting the comic book version of the team, not the Saturday morning cartoon version, but I have to admit this was really fun to read. As I turned the pages, seeing the team in the costumes we all know and love, I couldn’t help but play the cartoon theme song in my head as I read. The shopping Wolverine, and the sugary sweet exchanges between Jean and Cyclops not withstanding, Chad Bowers and Chris Sims give us the X-Men we remember, as well as some background to this region of Battleworld, something a lot of the other tie in books don’t explain. Scott Koblish’s art is perfect for this title, giving it the cartoon feel that sells the feel of the animated series. I am curious to see more about Clear Mountain, Casandra Nova and the sinister secret I’m sure this rehabilitation camp is hiding.

If you’re as big an X fan as I am and looking for a throwback to Saturday mornings, I recommend checking this title out.

Story: Chad Bowers and Chris Sims Art: Scott Koblish
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read