Extraordinary X-Men #5 (Marvel)

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CREDIT: Marvel Comics

Rating: 5/5 – An Extraordinarily Solid X-Series.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Brunell

With Secret Wars at an end it’s now time to start reading those Marvel titles of the aftermath. Personally, I read ahead. I felt like everything I read before the end of Secret Wars had “Spoiler Alert” watermarked across the cover.   The Jean Grey School for Mutants is now run by Ororo Munroe (aka Storm); she took the position of head mistress when Logan of Earth-616 seemed to have died. If you miss Logan slashing away at the bad guys, have no fear because Old Man Logan is here. Old Man Logan is questioning whether he should join a team of people he killed in an alternate future universe, so how do they get him to join? They bring a Jean Grey, because Logan could never say no to Jean Grey. Members already affiliated with the group include Magik, Colossus, Forge, Nightcrawler, and Iceman.

The story is being brought to us by writer Jeff Lemire, who has a nice history with me for comics such as Essex County, Old Man Logan, Green Arrow and many more. His history of great work shows with Extraordinary X-Men, and the story itself is so well done I couldn’t help but enjoy moments of speeches from Storm, or an emotional therapy session between Jean Grey and Old Man Logan. He even had a moment with Mr. Sinister explaining his motives that left me wondering if he truly is the villain.

The art is provided by Humberto Ramos, I’ve been a fan of his since Superboy in 1994. Ramos provides what felt like very fitting body types for each character; Jean Grey looks like a teenager, Magik looks like a girl in her 20’s, Colossus is quite large but his laid back life living on a farm makes sense, and Old Man Logan shows his age and a rough life. Storm never seems to show her age in anything I read, but her design screams out to be the most mature member of the group. Ramos’ angles are playful and express the chaos of this new world. Battles are full of motion and scatter and moments of victory provide breathtaking angles that left me with chills.

Extraordinary X-Men gets top marks from me on both writing and art.  It’s shaping up to be an extraordinarily solid X-Series.  The last of Xavier’s dream team is still fighting for a world that wants them dead and the relationships between all the characters is leaving me wanting more in every issue. Everyone on this team had a very close relationship with Logan of Earth-616, so I can’t wait to see how they all take to Old Man Logan as the series progresses

Reviewed by: Adam Brunell
(adamb@comicspectrum.com
)
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