X-Men: First Class #15 & #16
A Reviewer Double Shot!
Reviewed by From the Zodar Zone
X-Men: First Class #16
Written by Jeff Parker
If two years ago someone had told me that a series starring the original five X-Men would be one of my favorites, and that I would feel sad for comics as a whole to see it end, I would have told them to find another sucker. I've been a big X-Men fan since picking up Uncanny X-Men 275 during Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's run, but, aside from Beast, I've never found the original five to be very interesting. Reading the early Uncanny X-Men issues, the original X-Factor series, and almost all the origianl uncanny five's other appearances did nothing to change my opinion of them over the years.
Not until Jeff Parker made them fun. Over the course of the eight issue miniseries, the Special, and the 16 issues of this series, not only has every character gotten a chance to shine, but even when they weren't in the spotlight none of them were treated as an afterthought.
Readers have also gotten excellently handled guest appearances by various other characters. From Marvel Girl being mentored by the Invisible Woman, to the brief inclusion of Machine Man on the team, every guest appearance has felt like a natural extension of the story instead of the cliched "thrill of the month."
This issue itself is less an X-Men story than it is a Marvel Team-Up, and I don't mind in the least. Iceman leaves in a huff, teams up with the Human Torch, and together they steal some villains from Spider-Man. With quick dialog and a laugh on every page, Parker keeps the read quick and entertaining. Scherberger's art compliments it wonderfully by injecting every panel with dynamic energy and an eye for interesting angles. Not the greatest issue of the run, but still something that shines some joy in an otherwise dark market.
I'm saddened that this issue is the last of the regular series (it's followed up by a Giant-Size special in October and another miniseries next year) because the world of the X-Men just became a lot less fun.
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Name: Jeremy Wiggins
Been reading comics: for 18 years.
Review Bio: I clearly remember running home from school to plop my butt down three feet from the television to watch the first episode of Transformers back in 1984. Since then they've been the main focus of my nerdom and I continue to collect the comics and figures. I started collecting other comics in 1990 so right off the bat I was there for the big X-plosion (sorry) of X-Force #1 and X-Men #1, the creation of DC's Vertigo imprint, and the birth of Image. Since graduating from OSU in 1999 with an English degree, I've had a couple of different jobs but most have, of course, been in customer service. I'm finally getting to the point in my collecting where I'm moving away from completism (and hoarding things that are no longer good) to following creators that I enjoy.
Favorites: Guardians of the Galaxy (new and old), Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith, Fantastic Four, runs by John Byrne, Walt Simonson, and Mark Waid, Thor, runs by Walt Simonson and Dan Jurgens, Small Favors by Colleen Coover, Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston, Owly by Andy Runton, everything by Adam Warren