Death of X #1

by Ryan.L on October 05, 2016

Writer: Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule
Artist: Aaron Kuder
Colorist: Morry Hollowell
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Well the Death of X is finally upon us. Will the X-Men die? Will the Inhumans take over as the new status quo? All is supposed to be answered in this 4 issue mini-series.
This story takes place eight months ago and post Secret Wars. The X-Men have set out to Muir Island to investigate a distress call, while the Inhumans travel to Japan as the Terrigen cloud reaches the country and creates a new Inhuman. Since Secret Wars there have been many questions asked. What happened to Cyclops? Where is Emma Frost? Why is the Terrigen mist killing mutants? Death of X was supposed to answer all of these questions and then some.
In the first issue though the only answers we have received are things we already knew. Oh no the Terrigen mist is killing Mutants that’s the cause of so and so’s death! Um thanks we already knew that. I know this story takes place eight months ago but it’s not a shocking revelation when we have already known about it for months. This wouldn’t have bothered me as much if the story didn’t put such a huge emphasis on the findings of the Terrigen mist killing mutants. Even when a major character in the X-Universe dies, my reaction was more “meh, ok” than anything else.
We get to see Cyclops and Emma Frost in this issue, but it’s still too early to know what happened to them and why they haven’t shown up in current continuity. Most of us are expecting Cyclops to die, but I really hope Emma makes it out alive.
The part of this book that I have the most issues with was none of the x-men seem to really act like themselves. I love Illyana but she has never been one to be overcautious to an annoying level like she was in this issue. Normally we would see her telling everyone to shut it and dive in head first, but in this book she tells the team several times “this is wrong, we shouldn’t be here.” It’s really jarring for a long time x-book reader and makes it hard for me then to invest in the story.
The art in this book is probably where it shines the most, and what saves it from being a huge disappointment. No it’s not the most amazing art, but it has this very unique and quirky style that is very reminiscent of Grant Morrison’s “New X-Men” run, which is one of the most popular runs of all time.
This book isn’t great, and a pretty rocky start for the mini-series. If you’re like me and a huge x-fan then you’re dying to know what’s up for our beloved mutants. Hopefully this series gets better and answers some of the big burning questions we have and not turn out to be just a setup for the Inhumans vs X-Men event that’s just around the corner.


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