Rating: 4/5 – A New Ongoing Starring the X-Men from the 1990s!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
I really enjoyed the Secret Wars mini-series X-Men ’92 from last year. Based loosely on the X-Men animated series from the 1990s, the series embraced all the best and corniest of that era and writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers did a fantastic job of scripting the dialogue in the same tone of the cartoon series while the art was colorful, bright, and energetic. This series definitely had its fans as it was successful enough to get its own ongoing series and I couldn’t be happier.
Although “my X-Men” would be the Chris Claremont and John Byrne era of the team, I’m also a huge fan of the 90s version both from the cartoon and the comics. That era is faithfully represented here with the art leaning heavily towards the animated show with Alti Firmansyah’s art. Her style is great for this series and although it’s definitely cartoony, which may turn off some mainstream Marvel X-Men readers, I really enjoyed it. As fun as the art is, colorist Matt Milla completes the look. The colors pop! In the opening double splash page alone, the X-Team led by Storm takes on the People’s Protectorate. The Red Guardian and Omega Red look great standing in front of the giant bear Ursa Major as the two teams charge towards each other. It sets the tone for an exciting first issue that also stars 90s character Maverick.
Maverick rushes into Xavier’s School for Gifted youngsters exclaiming that “they’re coming for you”! He has information leading to Russia’s super soldier experiment called Alpha Red. Sims and Bowers do a solid job of handling the large cast of characters that includes iconic versions of Wolverine, Gambit, Bishop and more. The dialogue isn’t as “90s sounding” as it was in the mini-series which makes sense as this ongoing tries to attract new readers, but there’s still enough to make it sound as though it’s from times past. X-Men ’92 isn’t for everyone, but based on this first issue it’s trying its best to be. I love this era of X-Men and its obvious that the writers involved do too. I’ll have to watch some of the 90s X-Men cartoons again till the next issue comes out!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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