Age of X-Man: Marvelous X-Men #1
Written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler
Art by Marco Failla
Colors by Matt Milla
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The X-Men are enjoying some down time in their compound with Nate going full Mutant Jesus in his alone time and with his voice over. We learn more about the world that he created as well as the lengths that he goes to hold onto it, especially when confronted by Laura’s emerging memories.
The action in the issue is limited to the X-Men rescuing kids from a burning building and that is interesting in itself. It seems to indicate that in this perfect world, that is the bulk of what the X-Men do. It makes it even more interesting when an unexpected conflict emerges from a completely unexpected source.
The fact that everything in this world is so disgustingly perfect is what makes everything that happens in it so subversive and interesting. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler don’t hide the fact that this world is a slowly crumbling façade that Nate is holding together through his own will. They create a world where conflict feels artificial and that makes all of the forming cracks intriguing to discover. Both of the writers strike an interesting tone with this issue as well as they tell the story of utopia with a slightly cynical bent.
Everything in this issue is well balanced and the reveals work in context with the tone and pace of the story. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next.
Marco Failla has some great art in this issue. The art is beautifully detailed and has a detached feel to it that matches the fantasy, unreal elements of the story.