Mind Capsules – Extraordinary X-Men #1 and Nailbiter #17

Extraordinary X-Men #1
Extraordinary X-Men #1

Writer – Jeff Lemire
Artist – Humberto Ramos
Inker – Victor Olazaba
Colours – Edgar Delgado

The X-Men gain a new moniker with Jeff Lemire’s new Marvel book and it is a fitting one because the X-Men have always been just that, extraordinary. This iteration of the team consists of its leader Storm, Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Magik and Colossus. By the end of the issue, as shown on the cover, Old Man Logan joins up as well, sort of that is. As the book opens, it finds Storm frustrated as to the current state of mutant-kind. The Terrigen Mists that were released into the atmosphere have been affecting mutants in a highly negative way, manifesting in a new disease dubbed M-Pox, as well as rendering all mutants infertile and something needs to be done and sooner rather than later she decides. The book also does what was undone a while back, namely making reparations between a brother and sister, specifically Colossus and Magik. Things have changed greatly since the world was put back together at the end of Secret Wars, events that we are not yet privy to. Some things we know, like the effects of the Terrigen Mists, and others we do not – like the fate of Cyclops and everything in the book that suggests it was probably something bad. It is a mystery that intrigues you greatly, especially if you have been following the saga of the man over the past decade. Lemire packs the team with heavy-hitters as well as bringing together many fan-favourites to create a very classic roster, with a few changes here and there of course. The most interesting character has to be Wolverine, aka Old Man Logan. How he came to be here, just where exactly is the original Wolverine and what happens going forward is going to be curious indeed. Featuring some excellent pencils from Humberto Ramos and another mystery as to what X-Haven is, the new era for Marvel’s mightiest mutants is off to a great start.

4 out of 5

Nailbiter #17
Nailbiter #17

Writer- Joshua Williamson
Artist – Mike Henderson
Colours – Adam Guzowski

Three weeks later, after all the dust has settle somewhat, there is something wrong with Agent Barker. Very wrong. Barker is having hallucinations while she is wide awake, as most hallucinations tend to be and they are very violent images, those akin to what most would call insanity. There also happens to be a serial killer at work called the Devil Killer, and though you might expect it to be one at work in Buckaroo, he is not though it is possible he has ties to the infamous town. Not only that, Sherif Crane is no longer Sherif, though she is still trying to find out just what is going on, not only for comfort and that of the town’s, but for her daughter as well. Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson and Adam Guzowski return to tone of the most vicious and delicious books to come out in years and they do so by adding more fuel to the fire, another mystery on top of everything they have woven so far. It is both frustrating and fantastic as you want both a resolution and an end to the mystery while also wanting it to continue. So even though events in Buckaroo go largely ignored in this issue, we still get a little action as Crane heads out to investigate a doctor on Edward’s word that something about the man is fishy. And while the rest of the book does not seem to have any bearing on past events, you have to know that they are going to tie-in somehow at some point. For an issue where little happened, there were still a few revelations to be had. Another excellent issue as usual from the Nailbiter creative team, continually dragging us back for more.

4 out of 5

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