By Jonathan Hickman and Rod Reis
Few characters involved with the X-Men are as polarizing as Fantomex. There is a very vocal base that simply doesn’t like him, but Fantomex does have his fans, and I’m one of them. Giant Size Fantomex is written by Jonathan Hickman, this is how you know it’s a serious book that is going to pay off later down the road. If anyone can bring you around to liking a character you normally don’t care about, it’s Jonathan Hickman.
Hickman takes us through the convoluted history of Fantomex this issue. We go decade by decade as he take people through “the world.” Hickman shows us how old Fantomex is in a round about way. His first adventure is with Nick Fury and the Howling Commandoes. Hickman moves us on to the Hellfire club, and then a new team called the Humonganauts. Hickman jumps us decade after decade in the life of Fantomex. We also get some more information about New X-Men #144 as Fantomex recruits Cyclops and Wolverine to help him. Hickman show the kind of person Fantomex is, he is a user. Fantomex cares about no one but himself, for the most part, and will use other to get what he wants. Hickman squeezes in a little heart toward the end of this issue. He shows us a Fantomex that is trying to make sense of everything. Who he is and why he does things. This is an issue that is going to be important. It’s a must read for Fantomex fans, as well as anyone following the narrative of the X-Men these days.
The art this issue is handled by Rod Reis. Reis has a style that fits this issue. His lines a nice and clean, and the colors stand out on the page. As Fantomex gives orders to the Howling Commandoes, the whit from Fantomex’s suit is so vivid that it stands out, more so than his red beret. Reis is also creative in all the new and interesting pieces he places in the world each time Fantomex visits. One time he’ll focus on a giant octopus and the next time he’ll focus on the gigantic robots. Reis’ designs and visuals work. Reis should also get some credit for creating the Humonganauts. These characters look cool and have a good visual style. We probably won’t see much more of them, but they did look good.
Giant Size Fantomex #1 is a fun and interesting look at a character that we don’t normally get that much information on. Jonathan Hickman continues his winning streak with Giant Size Fantomex #1. The art by Rod Reis looks amazing and completes the story that Hickman wants to tell. Don’t sleep on Fantomex folks.