EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #4 Review: A Shocking Revelation!

EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN has, thus far, been a book that many people criticized for having a weirdly slow pace and taking too much time to “bring the band together”. In this issue though, after Colossus realizes what horrible plan Sinister has for him and his sister and Jean, Logan and the other X-Men manage to defeat demons of Limbo and secure X-Haven once again, the team unites in a battle against the Marauders – only to find out about the entirety of what – or whom – Essex has been experimenting on…

cover of Marvel's ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 written by Brian Michael Bendis

ALL-NEW X-MEN is the Refreshing Change the X-Men Needed

When I first heard the original five X-Men were returning to present day Marvel continuity, I thought it was a stupid idea. Like many people, I wondered what could possibly be amiss that was preventing The Powers That Be at Marvel from creating original characters with depth and soul. The story of the original X-Men had been told — over decades, and the original run of X-MEN starring this cast lead to low circulation numbers and even temporary cancellation. The book didn’t become a part of pop culture until Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus were introduced to the X-Men in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 rendering a decision like bringing the original five X-Men back into the fold as teenagers risky at best and disastrous at worst. What I didn’t realize at the time was one of my favorite writers was leading the charge — Brian Michael Bendis. Luckily, he proved me wrong — very wrong and instead of disaster, the transport of the original five teenage X-Men to our time is surprisingly refreshing and fills a much-needed void in creativity that has been lacking from the X-Men family of comic books for some time now.