Giant Size X-Men #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman and Russell Dauterman
Art by Russell Dauterman
Colors by Matthew Wilson
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Emma Frost and Jean Grey must enter the mind of a severely injured Storm to find out what happened to her.
When two young mutants find a severely injured Storm in the jungle, the X-Men gather to find out what happened to their friend. Emma and Jean face the dangerous task of entering her mind to determine why they can’t seem to wake her and what happened to her.
Taking a trip through her mindscape, the mutants will face off against the mind’s defenses and their journey will culminate in a discovery that will change the life of Storm and start a deadly countdown to stop an impending disaster.
The Story: An almost completely silent issue is a brilliant move from Hickman and Dauterman. Taking away the words and sounds associated with a comic book leaves it up to the reader to interpret the action in a new way. The reader is engaged to create what he or she is experiencing in Storm’s mind and that is an awesome way to connect reader and story. The story itself is brilliantly told and there are some great moments throughout, especially in Storm’s brain. A great issue that reveals some intense stakes for the character.
The Art: Dauterman’s art is beautiful throughout and is a visual showcase considering the story. So much of the tone and plot are done through the art that everything is enhanced by it.