Within the pages of their first issue, writers Chris Sims & Chad Bowers and artist Alti Firmansyah bring the classic X-Men series right back to the top of its game. With stellar art, a fun new story and the classic characters everyone loves, it’s a comic unlike anything else on the stands today.

X-MEN ’92 reads much like the cartoon it stems from. The vibrant characters interact like they’ve been together forever, a feeling this book uses to its advantage. Sims and Bowers recognize the mythology of their story, using it as a way to make the book feel less like a new #1 and more like the beginning of a new semester of school after being away for a summer. The thing that sets this X-book apart from the others is the inclusion of the classic school, with hallways full of new and exciting mutants with all sorts of superpowers. Unfortunately, while the book understandably centers on the X-Men, it leaves a lot to be desired in the way of new characters, powers, and side stories.

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X-MEN ’92 is a bit of a double-edged sword, in a lot of ways. It is a great representation of a classic cartoon series, filled with beloved characters in what some would call the prime of their super-heroic careers. However, its devotion to these characters is what slightly holds it back. In an effort to have its titular heroes face a new, somewhat generic threat, the potential of new students and new characters is lost. In the end, though, the new enemy and the mystery surrounding the latest threat is wildly entertaining and leaves readers dying for the next issue.

Firmansyah’s art is well suited to the book, bringing the characters to the page with a classic 90s style. Meanwhile, Matt Millar’s colors splash off the page, presenting panels that are as fun to look at as anything else Marvel is putting out. It is these bright pages that remind us that not every book needs to be dark and gloomy. The art tells the story at such a fun and colorful pace that it is hard to believe X-books are drawn any other way.

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This issue is a great reminder that comic books can be fun without being dark. The colorful characters decorate the pages of a book that is told from an optimist’s point of view. Whatever threat is coming can be taken down with teamwork and determination. In an X-world dedicated to time travel and Phoenix Forces, X-MEN ’92 finds a way to stand out by going back to the basics of what made the X-Men so popular in the first place.

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