First Class – Mutants 101 review

First Class – Mutants 101 review


Everyone has their first comics. X-Men First Class were some of my first X-Men comics. Having read a slew of X-Men comics and becoming completely engrossed in that world and those characters in the years since, X-Men First Class Only age better

Let’s face it: the original X-Men comics are hardly Stan and Jack’s best work. When you read them, you can just kinda tell their hearts aren’t in it. It’s hardly their Fantastic Fouris what I’m saying. There’s a reason the X-Men kind of floundered as a concept before Chris Claremont famously retooled the series and made them the comic book superstars they are today. X-Men First Class This in-between space is where the company lives. It tries to tell Stan and Jack’s story with new stories, but also uses concepts that we have. Get it now know about the X-Men to be true because of Claremont’s additions to the lore.

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X-Men First Class The Silver Age roots of the company are honored by telling mostly single-issue stories. However, the writing is lighthearted and never gets boring. Each character feels more defined in their own personalities here than they were in those ’60s books, with their voices being drastically different from one another as well. Jean’s the powerhouse with a temper, Bobby’s the jokester and the baby brother of the team, Hank’s the smart but fun-loving guy (boy that’s changed over the years, huh), and Warren’s the rich, cool guy with his head in the clouds.

Although this book was written well before Bobby Drake became gay, the character he uses in it is still very relevant. Far With that insight in hindsight, he could have done things differently. Bobby is obsessed with impressing women and his family. If anything, he’s actually over-enthusiastic about flirting with women and wanting a girlfriend — but he’s not particularly good at it and the story Know that. Bobby’s actions here read both as him overcompensating because he’s deeply in the closet and trying to convince everyone (including himself), and also as him purposefully going after girls that are unavailable or will say no.

These issues have some of the most memorable parts. The yearbook segments feature characters writing on their yearbook, and sharing their thoughts about the cast. Everyone’s voice is so distinct and it’s such a cute, creative way to invite us into the minds of these characters. Even the handwriting fits each character, and it’s such a great detail that captivated me even as a child reading these for the first time.

Jeff Parker really understands each character’s voice and First Class It is a tribute to the silly Silver Age stories while still being relevant for today’s readers. Parker has done extensive research on the original story and has a deep love for them. No, the book isn’t uber plot-heavy or world-shaking, but it doesn’t try to be. It’s just a fun read that tells the O5 X-Men’s story in a fashion that’s far easier to digest for modern audiences.

The book is self-aware. It knows how to have fun and has fun with itself. The name “Brotherhood of Evil Mutants” is so great and goofy and Silver Age that of course, Bobby keeps pointing it out in a cute, funny fashion whenever someone brings them up. It’s just fun and so clearly written by X-Men fans, for X-Men fans.

Parker’s one thing that I love is that he often makes it clear how lonely Jean and the X-Men can be for Jean as Jean is the only female member. Her friendship with Wanda was constructed in this series and it’s always made a lot of It makes sense to me — let’s face it, the original X-Men comics didn’t care about Jean much and the books back then were very much a boys club because of the times. But Jean and Wanda’s friendship makes sense. They’re two young women surrounded by men constantly and want to reach out to each other for some companionship. There’s no question Jean loves the X-Men, just like Wanda loves Pietro, but them finding commonality in each other is really sweet. This friendship is especially logical when you consider how the women went on to become. Very Powerful beings have struggled to come to terms with their incredible power.

It would be great if this thread was more popular. Jean and Wanda should interact in positive ways. There’s a lot of cool ground to explore with these two ladies, their similarities, and their history.

In one issue Parker features Jean Richards, Susan Richards’ mentor. This is a great opportunity to show that Jean is still with Parker Does want some female friends (and she’ll get one in Storm once she joins the team in Giant-Size, We know this. Seeing Sue be a key player and just be a mentor for her is really sweet, especially with that lens on that this is the Silver Age and the Fantastic Four were Marvel’s darlings at the time. It’s really sweet, and Jean deserves more of a spotlight like this in these retellings than what she got in the original stories.

X-Men First Class is a great read for fans new to the series who want to learn more about the early years but are intimidated by starting with ’60s comics, but it’s also a great time for fans who Have You have read the comics, and you want to see the original dynamic updated. Parker clearly loves the characters and the lore and Cruz’s pencils give a fun, cartoony feel to the book that fits just perfectly.

'X-Men: First Class - Mutants 101' is a charming rewrite of the past

‘X-Men: First Class – Mutants 101’ is a charming rewrite of the past

X-Men: First Class – Mutants 101

X-Men: First Class is a great read for fans new to the series who want to learn more about the early years but are intimidated by starting with 60s comics, but it’s also a great time for fans who have read the old comics and want to see that dynamic modernized a bit.

They feel like they are the characters

The book is funny, charming, and self-aware. While it honors its Silver Age roots while making the story accessible for modern audiences, it’s also fun and charming.

Jean’s growing focus on female companionship is so great. She also bonds with the women in these stories.


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