Review: Extermination #1

Cyclops. Iceman. Angel. Beast. Marvel Girl. The original team of teen mutants brought together by Professor Charles Xavier many years ago have been shunted through time to find a world they barely recognize but were determined to help. Now, finding themselves targeted for death, the future of mutantkind lies squarely in the hands of its past.

The original X-Men have been in the “present” for quite some time leaving open so many questions, one major one being will they ever return to their past? If so, will they forget their current adventures? And, what impact on the future their adventures may have?

Extermination seems to be bringing all of these things together as some event in the future is caused by the original X-Men’s existence in the present. Written by Ed Brisson, the first issue hearkens to some classic X-Men stories as Ahab, with some hounds, as well as a mysterious character are on the hunt for the original X-Men. Why? We’re not sure other than something major in the future is due to them. The first issue is the quiet and the storm with lots of action and drama as folks scramble to attempt to figure out what’s going on. It’s chaos in a good way as the panic bleeds off of the page.

Some of that feeling of panic is in part due to the art of Pepe Larraz, with color from Marte Garcia and lettering by Joe Sabino, whose style is fantastic. The characters look great and there’s so much detail in every panel. Larraz balances the action and the emotional panic quite well delivering art that amplifies the emotion of the page.

And then there’s the “death.” Yes, a major character is killed in the first issue with a reveal as to who did it. The implications and the trippy aspect of it all is quite interesting and leaves you wondering even more as to what’s going on and who’s on what side.

The first issue feels like the start of something great, an event that begins in a way that immediately makes you think it’ll be an action packed epic story that’ll go down as a classic and launch the X-Men into the future (or the past).

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Pepe Larraz Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Color: Marte Garcia Lettering: VC’s Joe Sabino

Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review