A long time ago, I reviewed the original All-New X-Men title, where the original X-Men from the 70s were brought to the modern day and now, we had teenage X-Men running around again.
I generally liked the first series, more for the idea of the original X-Men running around in the modern day than the way the book actually worked out, but now that Cyclops is dead, and damn, it feels good to say that, can this be a better book that stands on its own without the specter of evil Scott Summers running around?
Let’s find out.
To be honest, they spend altogether too much time reintroducing all of the characters. If you don’t know who the original X-Men were, you’ve got problems. There are a couple of new characters, like Kid Apocalypse and Idie, who really get very little to do in the first couple of issues and, I’ll be honest, I am not really a fan of X-23 or her new incarnation as Wolverine, so the less I see of her in any comic, the better.
Mostly what we get focuses on the younger Cyclops dealing with the ramifications of his older self’s death. We still don’t know for sure what happened and both this comic and Extraordinary X-Men are giving some hints. But now that elder Summers is gone, and thank goodness for that, there are still young mutants calling themselves the Ghosts of Cyclops, who are terrorizing the town in his name. It’s kind of a cool concept in theory, although in practice it didn’t go anywhere. As much as I hated Cyclops, he was never just a dick that went around causing destruction for the sake of causing destruction like his Ghosts did.
And besides, now that Marvel has embraced the Inhumans as their primary superhero plot device, since they really don’t want to use mutants anymore because they don’t own the movie rights, having mutants out in public view seems a bit strange. The Terragen mist is supposed to be deadly to mutants and most of them have either gone into hiding or dropped dead, yet you have the Ghosts publically using their powers and Iceman doing the same and it just doesn’t ring very true.
I know this is just a beginning arc, but there really wasn’t anything particularly exciting here. Some introductions, some throw-away characters and very little else. I can’t bring myself to care about the Ghosts at all and I’ve had enough whiny Scott Summers to last me several lifetimes. Find me some other reason to care about this book because at the moment, as much as I like the characters, the story just isn’t knocking my socks off.