Review: X-Men Prime #1

In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-Men are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier’s dream comes full circle as Kitty Pryde returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of the X-Men’s saga starts here!

With ResurrXion Marvel is setting the X-Men on to a new path… which looks a lot like their old path in a new direction and status quo picking up after their battle with the Inhumans.

What’s interesting about this one-shot is writer Marc Guggenheim doesn’t just give us some broad strokes, he teases out each of the new series that’ll be released in the coming months as well as reflecting on not just recent events but what also feels like the latest editorial direction for this once powerful intellectual property. There’s discussions of losing one’s way and not knowing where to go that’s spoken by Storm and while she says this to Kitty Pryde, it feels like Guggenheim is delivering those words to long time X-Men fans. It’s almost a “we hear you, we’re righting the ship” moment.

Instead of giving us three or four short stories each new series is presented in a few pages in a comic that jumps around a bit exploring each in a unique way. While the Blue/Gold split feels organic, the shoe-horning in of the upcoming Weapon X series feels a little forced and doesn’t quite flow like so much of the comic.

Artists Ken Lashley, Leonard Kirk, and Ibraim Roberson all do their part in setting up the various segments in their style and it all works together. While some art shifts are noticeable, overall the comic flows well with little issues as far as visuals.

X-Men Prime is a solid re-introduction into the world of the X-Men and delivers an easy way for fans to catch up as well as see the new direction. What’s bigger is some of it feels like an apology to long time fans who have felt that the X-Men have been second tier and lost their way. It’s a welcome return to a more classic narrative which will hopefully be delivered in entertaining and fun new ways.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Ken Lashley, Leonard Kirk, Ibraim Roberson
Cover Art: Ardian Syaf

Story: 8.05 Art: 7.95 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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