Review: Marvel Knights X-Men #1
I’ll start off this review by saying that when I heard that Marvel was relaunching Marvel Knights, I became excited. Not only was the original Marvel Knights initiative extremely important in moving along the Marvel universe but also brought about some of the best runs in comics such as Brian Michael Bendis’ Daredevil. This time round, Marvel are taking a different route by launching miniseries written and drawn by creators who have worked mostly on indie titles.
Brahm Revel (the writer and artist of this book) I have never heard of and quite frankly is quite talented. His sketchy/cartoony style fits a book like this well and props to him for doing the inking as well. I really love seeing stylized art in mainstream comics because after years and years of the same superhero art, this really feels refreshing. The art was fantastic in this issue, however I did take some issue with the way Wolverine’s face was drawn. He constantly looks as though he is squinting his eyes and it does look a bit silly. The art was really well done in this issue and does a great job of demonstrating the setting, characters and their powers.
The writing of dialogue in this issue was great and Kitty Pryde, Rogue, and Wolverine all feel right in character. Rogue comes off as real southern and even comments on the team moving to the south of the US which was a really nice touch. Wolverine was a bit more savage as of late in this issue which was nice considering his more “tamed” behavior in other titles. Kitty Pryde felt right in character which overall contributed to this book for the majority feeling like an X-book.
Something that is worth criticism is the overall feel of this book; it has a very spooky overtone and a very X-Men undertone but the mix of these two genres makes this book feel a bit soulless. It sort of feels like there is no overall voice; like when the characters speak they are muted. I’m not really sure why this is but it could be because of the mix of genres and characters and that maybe a haunted theme doesn’t really work on a book about X-Men.
Something that Brahm Revel really excelled at was blending art and dialogue together. Sometimes comics are nearly told completely by their art and vice versa but this book felt right in the middle which was really enjoyable. It was easy to read and is a prime example of exactly what a comic should be.
My biggest criticism for this book however will be that Revel is doing the whole “let’s introduce more mutants!” thing and after months of recent X-books doing this it has become really tiring. Yes the new mutant’s power is interesting, it is nowhere near original and prompts the question if the X-Men really need more mutants. If Marvel keeps introducing more mutants we’ll have X-Men teams of 20 by next year or a million different X-Men titles. I feel like Revel could have developed the original X-Men characters than have added more as the Marvel universe is already full of characters as it is.
Overall this is a pretty interesting book and I would advise you to pick it up to see what you think. If you don’t love the first issue I would maybe advise you to come back to this when it is published in a trade paperback as I think it will read better as a whole being a miniseries. Revel perfectly combines great art and great dialogue to create a very solid issue that is a bit of fun reading.