Four Colour Thoughts – X-Men Prime #1

The Creators – Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak, Cullen Bunn – Writers, Ken Lashley, Ibraim Roberson, Leonard Kirk, Guillermo Ortego – Artists, Morry Hollowell, Frank D’Armata, Michael Garland – Colours, VC’s Joe Caramagna – Letters

The Players – Kitty Pryde, Storm, Colossus, Jean Grey, Beast, Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, Lady Deathstrike, Magik, Jubilee, Many Others

The Story – Kitty Pryde has returned home to the X-Men to find that they are a little directionless after the events involving the Inhumans. Some are missing like the Original Five which have gone on to do their own thing and others are thinking about leaving. Having just arrived and after taking stock, Kitty finds it a good opportunity to start something new.

The Take – X-Men Prime, written and drawn by a plethora of people, serves as a wrap-up to the previous run of X-books and a lead-in to the next bunch. It is a decent story, all framed around Kitty Pryde as she finally comes home, away from the Guardians of the Galaxy and essentially, back where she belongs. For those that read the adventures of the X-Men in limbo and the original team among others, not to mention IVX, this finds everyone relocating back to the mansion in the middle of Central Park, not knowing exactly what is going to come next. That is where Kitty comes in, looking at it as the perfect time to gather them all around and begin a new chapter, a fresh start and hopefully one that will finally find them living in peace amongst the rest of the world, all of it in the forthcoming X-Men Gold. There are some additional things to make note of, namely the interlude with Lady Deathstrike where she gets kidnapped and which leads into a new Weapon X book and the disappearance of the time-displaced X-Men, which then leads into their new book – X-Men Blue. After much doom and gloom for a decade or so and then being rudderless for so long, starting soon after that period until most recently, this reboot is perhaps the best thing to happen to the franchise in ages. Kitty looks to be the team leader the X-Men need at the moment, the one person who can deliver a little hope and maybe put a little good back into the world. There is the possibility of greatness going forward, of the books capturing that magic that has not been seen in a number of years and if that can take place, there is a good chance that they can become the juggernauts they once were.

Worth It? – A yes for this book. A maybe for the future.

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  1. I enjoyed this issue as well. Not been a regular reader of X-Men books for a while now, because of all the XMen V Inhumans stuff, but this sets everything up for a new era. Looking forward to seeing what X-Men Gold & Blue will be like as well 🙂

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  2. Nice review, seems like this might be worth a look. I’ve always been an X-Men fan but not honestly not followed the comics on a regular basis since the classic early/mid 90s run (around the time of the animated series), the X-Men unviverse seems to have become so vast and so convoluted that it feels impenetrable. Would you say this is a good jumping on point for lapsed readers like myself?

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