Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews

Amazing X-Men #1Amazing X-Men #1
Marvel Comics
Aaron & McGuinness

Jason Aaron launches another X-Men book that involves Wolverine and his school, but this one seems to be bringing Nightcrawler back from the dead in the process. The first issue provides the usual level of witty dialogue among the characters that you would expect from Aaron but it also provides the high powered pencils from Ed McGuinness. Though the issue is light on action there are quite a few characters to introduce here. I'm not sure I can differentiate this book from the other X-books, specifically Wolverine and the X-Men, but it looks to be a promising start to a series.

Nightcrawler has been dead for some time now. Aaron wastes no time showing the readers what he's been up to. He's in some sort of afterlife but it isn't all clouds and harps as he seems to find himself in the middle of some little demons flying around. The seasoned reader will surely recognize them. I liked that the opening provides a different take on the afterlife because Nightcrawler simply isn't a straightforward character.

The remainder of the book takes place at Wolverine's school. The interesting thing here is that brings a new character (Firestar) into the fold. This added a nice dynamic to the book as Aaron gives enough space for her to have a role in the comic. This was a refreshing addition that helped make this book a little different from the other Aaron X-book.

Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle ReviewsMcGuinness on pencils means lots of splash pages and that involve a lot of muscles and shapely women. It works in this issue despite the small amount of action. Aaron's story isn't a dark one at all and that helps with McGuinness's lively and fun visuals. The book definitely is a treat to look at as the art shines throughout.

There are a lot of X-Men books on the market to pick from. This particular one seems to overlap a lot with Wolverine and the X-Men. As far as I can tell the key difference is this one contains Nightcrawler and Firestar and it has McGuiness on art. If you are enjoying Aaron's work on Wolverine and the X-Men then I am sure you will like this book as well. I would think if you like Nightcrawler or McGuinness then you will want to pick this book up. It's not clear what the plot is going to be to get Nightcrawler back from the dead as this issue simply introduces the characters, but I like the start for the story. This is worth checking out.

3.5 out of 5 Geek Goggles