Review: The Secret X-Men #1

The Secret X-Men #1

When it comes to the X-Men, there are not too many superhero teams that have as much rabid fans. As readers have loved their exploits for decades.  Out of all the characters in the Marvel comic book universe, they are probably the most identifiable. As each of the team members have a tragic origin and its tied fear and hate.

It is no wonder why Stan lee often referred to the franchise as an allegory to racism in America. As fans of the franchise, also used it as form of therapy for being ostracized, just for being different. Their canon is way more storied than most fans know and the number of different X-Men  is too many to count. In The Secret X-Men, we meet some not so familiar names amongst the ranks , but who pack just as might a punch.

We are taken to the Ornithery Festival, where we find Sunspot, who was not named to the X-men during the Hellfire Gala, is trying to keep distracted.  The next morning, Sunspot and few of the other mutants who did not make selection gather as they along with the Imperial Guard have been recruited on a secret mission to find DeathBird who has taken the Princess  Xandra, which could mean political crisis between Krakoa and the Sh’iar Empire. As they embark on a rescue mission they find unnecessary trouble in the form of Sidra bounty hunters, but leads tohem show laden planet with a Krakoan gate. We soon find out that it was an elaborate test to see the where the information leak in the Imperial Guard is. By issue’s end, they lose one of their own, and must find a way to get her back.

Overall, The Secret X-Men is not your typical side characters story. The story by Howard is intense and powerful. The art by the creative team is beautiful. Altogether, a dense and detailed driven start to what looks to be one of the best X-Men stories yet.

Story: Tini Howard Art: Francesco Mobili
Color: Jesus Arbutov Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Tom Muller
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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