Staff Picks - X-Men
With the release of X-Men: First Class in the cinemas, we thought we'd take a look at Mutantkind and share our fave X-Men Books.
Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassidy
Astonishing X-Men is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best places to start reading the X-Men. It takes place removed from regular continuity and simply runs along at it's own pace. Very little knowledge of the X-Men is required to really get into it and the stories are all incredibly strong. Spread out across four volumes, Whedon's flair for dialogue really shows with his trademark wit that we all remember from TV shows like Buffy and Firefly. Cassidy's artwork is the perfect match for this and it's overall a terrific read for anyone thinking about giving the comics a go after seeing the film or just looking for a new series to start. Utterly brilliant stuff.
New X-Men by Grant Morrison
Grant Morrison's run on the X-Men was one of the more controversial storylines amongst the fan base in what is already quite a controversial title. With a vast roster of some of the industry's biggest names helping out on the artwork it's a pretty relentless run throughout every issue. One thing that I particularly enjoyed about Morrison's New X-Men was quite how human he made all of the characters, something which alot of people seem to overlook. Anyhow, whether it's giant robots blowing up islands or weird psychic love affairs that you want, it's a safe bet that it's covered somewhere over Morrison's run on the book. Dead good.
Ultimate X-Men by Various
The X-Men get given the ultimate treatment first off by none other than heavyweight Mark Millar, who wastes absolutely no time at all in modernizing the garish spandex wearing misfits into leather clad, super sleek badasses. It's great fun seeing Wolverine & co being allowed to grow at pretty much their own pace taking on classic villains with a decent modern twist and in keeping the series contemporary, Millar's left the door wide open for new readers to come and equate themselves comfortably with the X-universe. A brilliant jumping on point or equally a fantastic book for people who don't normally tend to go in for super-hero books.
Ultimate X-Men Vol 01
X-Force by Christopher Yost & Clayton Craine
X-Force is the kind of book that leaves you pretty well stunned after reading it. You get all tingly because you know you've just read something absolutely staggeringly fun, and also a little sad because you know it'll be a while before you get a chance to read something as fantastic again. The idea that you've got a black ops team of mutant assasins running around in the shadows picking off targets deemed to be a threat to mutantkind, led by Wolverine? It's brilliantly good. It's bloody as hell too, with Craine delivering some of his finest art work to date, making Logan's gang of murderers look freaking awesome. The scripting is solid with Yost capturing the voices of the characters perfectly. It's a great book and a must read for anyone who's looking for something slightly more adult than what you'd find in most super-hero books.
X-Force Vol 01