Marvel Now! X-MEN #1 & #2



So I just picked these up today, #1 is about a month old, and #2 just came out today.

The covers!

Look at these lovely ladies. Image


And everyone’s looking all bad ass. Storm’s looking FIERCE with her mohawk and cleavage and impeccable posture. Psylocke is looking deadly serious. Kitty looks ready to play or pounce. & Rogue and Rachel are calm, composed and ready for anything. Which is good, because Jubilee up there is about to make some questionable decisions.

And then I saw Issue #2 and said…


Freaking Seriously? There’s a baby?! 

Because even though I know that babies are the superheros of tomorrow, they don’t exactly scream “Hey! Mainstream Readership!” 

And the rest of the team is in the background at war with some machines. Which is a very accurate depiction of what is really going on here.

See, I’m not even mad about the baby. Jubilee adopted/stole him. She carries him in a backpack. He’s carrying an alien bacteria that can possess machines and is out for revenge/hellbent on taking over the Earth. 

Maternal instincts turn troublesome when Jubilee tries to bring baby Viggo to The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Along the way she is followed by X-foe John Sublime, and his sibling is inhabiting this baby. 

Jubilee calls her girls, and they come to her:


awww look a baby! (Storm is not as enthused) 

Rogue averts a train crash, Psylocke works some fabulous telekinetic awesomeness on John Sublime. However, Arkea (the sister/alien bacteria) gets loose and inhabits a comatose Karima, sending the whole school into lockdown! Which is where issue #2 picks up. 

The first X-Man Arkea fights is Beast. The second is Rogue, there’s this one point where Arkea says ” You are stronger than the blue one yet your outward physiology presents as inferior.” And then Rogue punches her through the floor. Hooray!

Arkea/Karima gets away, Jubilee, (a now bacteria free) Viggo, Storm, Rachel and Psylocke fly out after her! Kitty Pryde and the X-Kids are left behind to clean up the destruction… however, one of them digs up a cliffhanger!

So pumped on this. Great story so far, action galore, distinct personalities that translate really well. The art is beautiful and intense. Everyone kicks ass in their own unique way. It’s the X-Men you already love just with less hairy chests. Only 2 issues out so far, so there’s still time to get in on the ground floor… I recommend you do!



5 Mohawks!

8 thoughts on “Marvel Now! X-MEN #1 & #2

  1. The baby’s name is Shogo. Just for the record.

    And I’m loving this series. Wood does stellar character work, and Coipel does excellent art. The story’s interesting and compelling. And the baby provides some very interesting development for Jubilee.

    • Oh, Jubilee does say the name is Shogo at the end of #2! But at the beginning of #1 it says “Welcome to the world Viggo” on her backpack, I should have doublechecked.
      You were commenting here while I was reading your review!

  2. Issue 1 was actually the best selling comic of May, which is amazing considering how poorly most female-led books sell with Marvel. I hope it keeps its sales up, because so far, Brian Wood’s X-men deserves it.

    • I agree! The thing about female led comics; many female supes are “default knock-offs” Example; Red She-Hulk getting cancelled. Red She-Hulk is a knock off of a knock off of the Incredible Hulk. How many people read Skaar: Son of Hulk? No one can care about all these Hulks! There are very few stand alone women superhero comics, and in teams men are usually the majority. But as far as X-men everyone gets their own unique bit. Diverse powers and backstories. That’s why this is lead by Storm and not “female-Cyclops” and “She-Wolverine”. I have high hopes and I’m glad it’s doing well so far!

  3. So I finally dropped by to say, I finally finished issue one!

    …but then I see Issue #2 just came out. Anyway, I like what they’re doing so far. There’s a scary villain right off the back. And I’m glad to see Rachel back with the X-men. She’s my second fave female X-men behind Psylocke. I’m hoping there’s some combat in issue #2. I’m ready to see some action!

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