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This May, Nighcrawler’s loved ones have been targeted – and it’s up to him to put an end to it in NIGHTCRAWLER #2, the next exciting chapter from legendary writer Chris Claremont and fan-favorite artist Todd Nauck! Someone is hunting down those close to Kurt Wagner, and he’s determined to find out who. The journey will take the newly-resurrected Nightcrawler across the globe to save his nearest and dearest from suffering the same tragic fate he only recently escaped. Classic X-Men characters meet new and deadly threats when the exciting NIGHTCRAWLER #2 teleports its way into comic shops this May!
This April, an X-Men legend returns. Prolific and iconic X-Men writer Chris Claremont teams with fan favorite artist Todd Nauck for NIGHTCRAWLER #1 – a swashbuckling new ongoing series that’s sure to have everyone talking!
“He’s smart, tough, creative and daring, with an instinctive understanding of people and situations. He has a wicked sense of humor and a devastating charm,” says Claremont, in an interview with Marvel.com. “His ‘normal’ is revolutionary to most people; throw him a problem, he’ll find a way to solve it that’s unique to him. He quite simply is the kind of man others trust; to know him is to have faith in him.”
When Nightcrawler sacrificed his life to protect mutantkind, a hole was left in the X-Men’s ranks that has never been filled. With his recent resurrection in the pages of Amazing X-Men, Kurt Wagner has returned to a world far different from the one he left behind. Charles Xavier is dead. Scott Summers is on the run. Even Wolverine, his closest friend, has changed, becoming the headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. And though a deep schism divides the X-Men, Kurt Wagner isn’t going to waste one minute of his new lease on life.
Now, Nightcrawler is hitting the road, eager to right some wrongs and help safeguard the future of mutantkind. And he’s going to do it the only way he knows how: swashbuckling, lady-charming, and of course BAMFing!
The original X-Men “spin-off” team reunites!
Age is always a tricky thing in comic books. When characters age, they run the risk of growing outside of their originally intended purpose. The New Mutants were created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod in 1982. The X-Men were teenagers originally and Professor X was their teacher and father figure. As the X-Men grew up, their relationship with the school and its headmaster changed. The conceptual push of the New Mutants was to give the professor a new team to instruct.
Here we are over twenty years later and the New Mutants have aged about ten years. They are older than kids but not quite responsible adults yet. There are a few promises of greatness within the narrative here. Zeb Wells (Snake Woman, Venom: Dark Origin) does an excellent job of setting the hook and introducing his characters. Things tend to stall then over the middle portion of the issue but the end contains some genuine edge. The dialogue is a little stiff in spots and comes off a little cliché at times. I think Wells is searching for focus. Somehow, I like the issue better after looking back over it, than during my initial read.
My biggest gripe with the story however may not be Wells’ doing. After reading x-infernus, I was more than a little annoyed to find that end of that limited series did not match up well with the start of this series. Perhaps some of this was dealt with in another X-title but I have no idea where. Characters were not even in the same dimensions at the start of this book and all we got were a few throw away lines to explain the differences (and sometimes nothing at all!) Poor execution on this point considering how shoehorned the end of x-infernous felt.
Diogenes Neves’ pencils show fantastic promise. Like the story, there are points of greatness and potential. The difference is that the art starts off incredibly strong and then slowly fades to just pretty good. The opening sequence and the arrival of Magik are well paced and detailed. Neves’ layouts run a little stiff but there are times when his body positioning is inspired. His strong points are hair and when the New Mutants are in uniform. He struggles a little with technology and regular clothes at times.
I am looking forward to seeing if a more consistent effort is possible. If he fades like this after one issue, I wonder how long it will be before we see a fill in artist.
What to look for
The reveal of the New Mutants in uniform was awesome – they reminded me of X-Factor from the 80’s
What might put you off
The rough spots in story and art but there is promise here – the book also does not match up well with the end of x-inferous
After my initial read I was not going to recommend this book but after looking back through it, the promise may overcome my hesitation. This is no home run like Agents of Atlas but the creative team may be able to grow along with the title.
Title New Mutants
Issue Number 1
Release Date 5/6/2009
Writer Zeb Wells
Pencils Diogenes Neves
Inks Cam Smith with Ed Tadeo
Colorist John Rauch
Letterer Joe Caramanga
Editor Nick Lowe
Reviewed by Geoff Jolliff
This past Thursday in NYC, a memorial for Dave Cockrum was held at the Time Life Building with a star studded send off that included Chris Claremont, Paty Cockrum, Paul Levitz, Joe Quesada and many more.
Spider-Man and Red Sonja Team Up to Take on Venom and Kulan Gath!!!
March 21, 2007, Runnemede, NJ – Dynamite Entertainment and Marvel Comics jointly announce that they have expanded their cross-over agreement! The next team up will feature Red Sonja with Marvel’s Spider-Man! The crossover event marks the first time the characters have teamed up since the now classic Marvel Team-Up #79 (Marvel, 1979) by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.