Rating: 3.5/5 – It’s Good, Just Not as Good as the Original.
by ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Years of Future Past is another title spinning out of the events of Secret Wars. It’s clearly a nod to the original Days of Future that was published back in 1981. In the original story we’re shown a future where mutants are on the verge of extinction. It’s up to a young Kitty Pryde to go back in time to prevent an assassination that leads the world into a dystopian future where mutants are rounded up, killed, and hunted by Sentinels. It was a powerful story that not only saw an adapted movie, but arguably has one of Marvel’s most iconic cover images in Uncanny X-Men #141. It’s no surprise that this storyline was chosen to revisit when Secret Wars was first announced. So can this new number one live up to the original? The answer is no, but it’s still entertaining and worthwhile for X-Men fans.
In this version of the future there’s plenty of similarities to the original, but also some key differences. Kitty Pryde doesn’t take center stage in this issue, but her daughter does. Christina Pryde is the star of the book alongside Wolverine. We follow her throiughout the story as she introduces us to a cast of X-Men that haven’t been killed or placed in an internment camp. Senator Kelly is still the villain of this series just as he was so many years ago, and an elaborate ruse is planned in order crush any hopes of mutant resistance. Years of Future Past is a solid read, but like some of the other Secret Wars series, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot new.
Although there’s some different characters and a few surprises, this feels too similar to the 1980s storyline. Writer Marguerite Bennett is obviously paying homage to the original, but by doing so she tells a story that’s going to obviously be compared, and when you have Chris Claremont and John Byrne at their peak, there’s just no comparison. I love Mike Norton’s art and here it’s as solid as ever. He gets the opportunity to draw a diverse cast of X-Men and his version of Logan in the brown coat and grey hair brought me back to that iconic interpretation.
I’m such a fan of the original storyline that I’ll be back for the remainder of this series to see how else it will compare and differ. I’m loving Norton’s art and although Bennet’s story isn’t as different from the original as I would have liked, it’s still a solid read that will hopefully get better as it connects more with the larger Battleworld and other parts of Secret Wars. If you’re wondering whether or not to read this issue and have never read the original storyline on which it’s based, do yourself a favor and seek those out first, you’ll be so glad you did.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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