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Review: X-Men ’92: House of XCII #2

X-Men ’92: House of XCII #2

Take all of the concepts of Jonathan Hickman’s run on the X-Men and use X-Men characters from the 1992 animated series, and you have X-Men ’92: House of XCII. The first issue felt like a rehash of something I’ve already read and unfortunately, X-Men ’92: House of XCII #2 doesn’t add much more.

Written by Steve Foxe, X-Men ’92: House of XCII #2 continues the familiar story. The X-Men have created a nation of their own. A band of humans called Orchis are using Sentinels to try to destroy the mutants. There’s a mutant who is reincarnated back as a baby when they die, and can do it a finite amount of times. This is all things we’ve seen before in the X-Men’s relaunch a few years ago.

Unfortunately, that’s all the comic feels like, a rehash of what we’ve already read. A slight knock-off of the name brand. In this version, the characters are replaced with those that appeared in the animated series. Instead of Kate leading the Marauders it’s Rogue. Jubilee at one point teams with Stryfe. It’s small changes but not enough add up to really make the comic feel fresh and different. In fact, it feels like an off-brand version of the original and also of the animated series. Neither quite fits.

The closest the comic gets to working is with Salva Espin‘s art. With Israel Silva on color and Joe Sabino on lettering, the comic often has a look of the cartoon and at times captures the feel. But, it also at times feels like bad 90s X-Men and its “swimsuit special” gaze. That might be part of the joke but it also doesn’t click with what’s going on elsewhere. Is the comic supposed to be a spoof? Serious? There is some solid design like a new Sentinel that fits the animated style but overall, the comic feels close, but not exact, like the original. Compare that to G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Saturday Morning Adventures which nails the feel of the animated series in every way. There is some inspired pages that highlight characters and the credits but even that feels more Saved By the Bell than X-Men: The Animated Series.

X-Men ’92: House of XCII #2 feels like an odd take on the classic Marvel What If…? and might have done better if that was the premise. Instead it dips its toes with winks and nods attempting to capture the nostalgic feel of the classic cartoon while shoehorning it into a concept that doesn’t fit with the cartoon. It’s an interesting idea but has yet to click in its two issues.

Story: Steve Foxe Art: Salva Espin
Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Review: X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1

X-Men '92: House of XCII #1

 I am old enough to remember when the original X-Men cartoon came out inn 1992. It was nothing like anything else onscreen. As the cartoon came out long after Saturday mornings were no longer  the haven it used to be when I was an adolescent. I was a freshman in high school,. So I watching cartoons was not on my radar.

In fact, I started veer off even reading comics at that time. This all changed one Saturday morning when I incidentally woke up early, and caught an episode of this classic show. It was different in many ways, often dealing with issues that most cartoons did not. In X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1, we are taken back to that time as they face the X-Men’s newest dilemma, the island of Krakoa.

We find the X-Men on a mission where they finally have chance to take down the Sentinel threat once and for all,  as Wolverine tracks down Trask , right on the precipice of his revenge but he may be too late to stop him from carrying out his plan, which is where Magneto steps in,  to help the X-Men. Meanwhile back on Earth,. Psylocke  is showing mutants from other countries  around the Krakoan Embassy in New York City, where they fend off an attack from a hate crime group , gaining solidarity from these nation states. We also catch up with Professor X, who has  found a way for mutants to cheat death, as we find out how Professor X and Magneto become friends again and what lead to the creation of Krakoa. By the issue’s end, we  find out Magneto and Professor X have been hiding a secret from everyone else and the Sentinel threat is far from decimated.

Overall, X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 is a fun trip down memory lane, that only gets better as it takes place in the Krakoan age. The story by Foxe is masterful. The art by creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a book which ropes in old fans while giving an alternate take on this big event.

Story: Steve Foxe Art: Salva Espin
Color: Israel Silva Letterer: Joe Sabino
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 (of 5)

X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 (of 5)

(W) Steve Foxe (A) Salva Espin (CA) David Baldeon
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 13, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE ’90s ARE BACK – AGAIN!
Everyone’s favorite ’90s incarnations of the X-Men have returned…but this time, everything is even all-newer and all-more different! Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should. That’s right – the ’90s X-Men are tackling the Krakoan Age thirty years early… and it’s NOT going to go the way you expect!

X-Men '92: House of XCII #1 (of 5)

Preview: X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 (of 5)

X-Men ’92: House of XCII #1 (of 5)

(W) Steve Foxe (A) Salva Espin (CA) David Baldeon
RATED T
In Shops: Apr 13, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE ’90s ARE BACK – AGAIN!
Everyone’s favorite ’90s incarnations of the X-Men have returned…but this time, everything is even all-newer and all-more different! Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should. That’s right – the ’90s X-Men are tackling the Krakoan Age thirty years early… and it’s NOT going to go the way you expect!

X-Men '92: House of XCII #1 (of 5)

Preview: Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum

(W) Len Wein (A) Alex Ross, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Samnee, Marcus To, Siya Oum, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Carmen Nunez Carnero, Bernard Chang, Aaron Kuder, Takeshi Miyagawa, Juan Cabal, Gurihiru, Mark Brooks, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Valerio Schiti, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Lolli, Emanuela Lupacchino, Carlos E. Gomez, R. B. Silva, Ramon Rosanas, Joshua Cassara, David Baldeon, Marcelo Ferreira, Javi Garron, Rod Reis, Javier Rodriguez, Marco Checchetto, Jen Bartel, Michael Del Mundo, Rahzzah, Pepe Larraz, Mike Hawthorne (CA) Adi Granov
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
SRP: $5.99

CELEBRATING THE CLASSIC’S 45TH ANNIVERSARY!
Forty-five years ago, a comic book came out that would change the face of Marvel Comics forever. Writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum revamped the X-Men completely, replacing the bulk of the teen heroes with a completely new international cast! The legendary one-shot took comic fans by storm and set the series off in a new direction, setting the stage for the legendary X-scribe Chris Claremont to make them the most popular heroes in the Marvel Universe! Now, 37 of Marvel’s top artists come together to re-create this epic story, each re-drawing one pulse-pounding page in tribute to this Marvel masterpiece!

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum