Written by Joe Naz (@Naz_islike)
We have another X-Men series going the Marvel Now list. If I’m not mistaken, that makes about 12 or 13 X-series comics out there. So yeah there seems to be a lot going on in the X-world, but this one may have the biggest impact. After only 3 years Nightcrawler makes his return to the living world. This return has been heavily promoted the last few months by Marvel, so I don’t think anyone was surprised picking up this issue.
Amazing X-Men is written by Jason Aaron, writer of books such as Wolverine and the X-Men and Thor: God of Thunder. He continues to deliver fantastic writing. He brings Firestar (You may remember her from the fantastic cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends) to the Jean Grey School of Mutants as a new teacher. As you can imagine, just like any person that walks into that school that is not familiar with it’s style, she is a bit overwhelmed with the kind of institution they are running. Doop is holding an axe talking to a tree with an eye. (I think he is going to cut it down?) Jason definitely throws in a lot of comedy this issue. We get to see more bamfs and we get to see where Nightcrawler went after he died. Azazel, Nightcrawlers father, returns with his merry men of pirates to take down our hero! One complaint I have about his writing was with Ava’Dara Naganandini AKA Warbird who makes a very creepy rape joke to Iceman. Iceman talks about how Warbird needs to stop breaking into his room at night while he sleeps. She replies back that “locked doors do not open after only two kicks!” Kindaaaa creepy reading that.
Ed McGuinness is on art duties for this series and I love his style. He throws in a little Grease refence on one of the lockers (T-Birds). Can’t help but wonder who’s locker that would belong to. His style reminds me of something I would see in an animated cartoon. His drawings are dynamic and expressive, especially on his characters faces, without being completely over the top. His drawings are so clean and smooth that I feel that they could pop out of the pages. The colors by Marte Gracia really do complement McGuinness style. His bamfs are so damn adorable. They look like something of a mix between a gremlin and a furby, deadly and cuddly! I love the face he draws on Warbird as Iceman starts talking to Firestar. If someone shot you that look across a room you’d freeze and question the life choices that have lead you up to that moment. I love that while Nightcrawler is in a very far, far away land, he still continues to wear his trademark costume. I mean, it really doesn’t make sense (at least yet) that he is still wearing it, but hey it’s comics, let’s just have fun and enjoy the ride.