Graphic Novel Review: X-Men: Primer

14:19 03 January 2014

X-Men: Primer

X-Men: Primer

Archant

Here come the X-Women!

Ironically for a book simply titled “X-Men”, this is actually a team made up of the mutant team’s female members - Storm, Jubilee, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Kitty Pryde and Rogue – a concept which has long been mooted but surprisingly only now gets its chance in the sun.

Writer Brian Wood reintroduces Jubilee after a long absence from the series after the events of the Curse of the Mutants, with a baby boy in tow she rescued following the deaths of his parents. He also brings back John Sublime, the sentient bacterium with its origins in Earth’s prehistory created by Grant Morrison during his X-Men run.

Sublime has survived by infecting different hosts throughout the centuries, and taking drastic steps to keep mutantkind in check to prevent it from becoming the planet’s dominant species…

Now he willingly surrenders to his old foes the X-Men as he believes they pose the best hope of stopping his “sister” the technological virus Arkea, which has returned to Earth following millennia travelling the stars with conquest in mind…

A prior knowledge of Sublime and his motives is essential here, as is an up-to-date knowledge of the X-team’s protagonists, but a quick skim through Wikipedia should bring any newbies swiftly up to speed.

There’s a definite Chris Claremont feel to this series, emphasised by the inclusion of a 1989 issue of Uncanny X-Men as a bonus addition to this book. Strong and powerful women taking the lead was a regular characteristic of his stories, but here that mix of dominant female personalities results in leadership clashes between the likes of Rachel and Storm.

There’s also none of the “girl power” feel you might have expected had this book been launched a couple of decades back, and the line-up of X-Men just happens to be all-female, rather that being an excuse for gender tokenism.

The over-arching theme here is that the X-Men never abandon their own, something long-forgotten characters like Maggot and Marrow might dispute, but we’ll let that go for the sake of this particular story. Jubilee might have been away from the team for a long time, but she is welcomed back with open arms, and her friends and allies are prepared to lay their lives on the line to protect her in the process.

This is an old-school X-Men series which stands alone from Brian Michael Bendis’ work on the two other main X-books, and is a perfect entry point for anyone looking for relatively baggage-free X-Men action (just overlook the two later issues which form part of the Battle of the Atom crossover!).

More news stories

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Tory candidate for police commissioner Jason Ablewhite responds to questions at a hustings event in Wisbech. On his left is Nick Clarke, the UKIP candidate

Tory candidate Jason Ablewhite last night described critics attacking him over comments he posted on his Facebook page six years ago as being “desperate to muck rack”.

Yesterday, 11:54
Rev Jenny Webb

Love every neighbour is the theme of events for this year’s Christian Aid week being organised by Churches Together in March.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Operation Edison, Cambridgeshire Police conduct the last of 4 warrants searching for drugs., 
Ely, Littleport, 
29/04/2016
Picture by Terry Harris.

Yet more arrests were made in Littleport as the curtain came down on East Cambridgeshire Police’s latest operation in their crackdown on drug related crime - Operation Edison.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Police arrest a suspect (Mr Ian Clarke ) on for the offences of possessing class A and class B drugs  Operation Edison, Cambridgeshire Police conduct drug warrants at various addresses in Cambridgeshire,
71 Heron Croft, Soham
28/04/2016. 
Picture by Terry Harris.

A man was arrested in Soham last Thursday for possession of a class A and B drugs, alongside handling stolen goods as part of East Cambridgeshire Police’s latest crack-down.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up