By Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia
There was a promise that Planet Size X-Men will be as big as Giant Size X-Men, this is a huge task. Giant Size X-Men ushered in a whole new team of some of the most important characters to the X-Men mythos, so this is a big ask for a modern book.
Gerry Duggan is at the helm of this game changing issue, which makes sense since he’ll be writing the flagship X-Men book moving forward. Duggan expands on some moments seen in Marauders #21, like the conversation between Cyclops and Captain America. While the issue is Magneto centric, Duggan allows several Omega Mutants to shine. Jean and Kid Omega have good moments here, as well as Exodus, who always makes good on his panel time. If this storyline seems somewhat familiar, there was a time when there was a rumor that the X-Men were going to get their own planet and be isolated and on their own. That’s not what happens in this issue, but Planet Size X-Men does make things very interesting moving forward.
The pencils this issue are handled by Pepe Larraz with colors by Marte Gracia. Larraz is a stud shines on every book he’s on. This issue he rocks the pencils as we get to see a mutant birth a space station. Seeing Larraz draw the building of a planet is some of the best pencils you’ll see all week. Isca the unbeaten looks great as she talks to Magneto to discuss Arakko. Ultimately, Larraz’s pencils look amazing, and are completely complimented by the colors of Marte Gracia. What Gracia does, is make Larraz’s pencils pop. Gracia uses stunning reds as we get glimpses of Mars. The old mansion looks eerie as it has moss and weeds growing all over it. Gracia’s work on this issue matches the effort Larraz puts into on pencils. The art is spectacular this issue and makes it all the more important.
Planet Size X-Men is a very good book that will have a huge impact on the X-Men and how things are done in the very distant future. Gerry Duggan wrote an issue that feels right in line with how Jonathan Hickman has been doing things. The art paves the way for your eyes and makes every page a joy to look at. Planet Size X-Men won’t disappoint.