Review: The 99: New Blood

I am old enough to remember the 90s X-Men cartoon, which set a pretty high standard for cartoons at the time. First, there was nothing like it, as many of the cartoons on TV at the time pretty much were purely entertainment. Gone were the days of Silverhawks and Robotech, where you could learn something from a cartoon. This is exactly why the X-Men were an anomaly, as they had mature themes, but understood the show was for children.

This was before the world fell in love with Wolverine, as the Brian Singer movies had a lot to boost his popularity as well as Hugh Jackman, for many kids, if they did not read the comic, this was their first introduction. Here we found a character, who was really a loner and all about business, something Jackman has conveyed in spades, but this show did it first, and much more convincingly. The best part of the show, is when they found new mutants, where the audience got to meet someone new with powers. In this issue of The 99, the reader gets that, as we are introduced to a few new carriers of the Noor stones.

Dr. Razem, at the beginning of the issue, continues to find wielders of the gemstones, as one by one, finds their power. We are introduced to Kyai, Amira, Hatem, and Rafie, each seemingly ordinary but each quite unique and powerful. We find out how each, gets to know their power and some even save some lives. By issue’s end, Razem, has found a few new recruits, each willing to fight for good.

Overall, probably the best of the issues thus far I have read, proving that great stories come from all over the world. The story by Fabian Nicieza is exciting and hard hitting. The art by Ron Wagner is gorgeous. Altogether, a fun collection of origin stories that will introduce the world to a new set of heroes.

Story: Fabian Nicieza Art: Ron Wagner
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

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