By Si Spurrier, Bob Quinn and Java Tartaglia
Way of X is the newest mutant book to hit the shelves this week. This series seems to focus mostly on Nightcrawler, who has been relegated to the background for many of the recent re-launch titles. This book doesn’t feature Kurt on a solo mission, so there are many other mutants involved in this book. Hopefully this series will delve into who Kurt really is and what he’s been doing the last few months.
Si Spurrier is a fan favorite writer who has written his fair share of mutants. Putting him on a Nightcrawler centric title makes sense. What works for this issue is the characterization of Nightcrawler. Spurrier gives us a mutant who is struggling. Early in the issue, Spurrier makes it clear that the younger mutants on Krakoa are reckless. While on a mission with Kurt to infiltrate the Orchi’s facility, DJ, Loa and others joke about the first time they’ve been resurrected. Spurrier also plants a pretty interesting seed with the Krakoan boogie man known as the Patchwork man. He doesn’t appear in this issue, but to hear the younger kids talk about it is certainly something I would like to see more of. Spurrier also finally brings Dr. Nemesis back into the fold. He wrote him well on his X-Force title, and it’s good to see him using him again. The issue ends in a decent cliff hanger. If nothing else, Spurrier gave us a refreshing book that feels different from others in the X-line.
The pencils this issue are handled by Bob Quinn with colors by Java Tartaglia. Quinn does a fine job for this introductory issue. It was great early on to see the Orchi’s museum with all the worst killers in mutant history. Seeing statues of Magneto and Omega red looked good with Quinn’s pencils. As Magneto comes to meet Nightcrawler, and is the butt of his joke, Quinn gives us a panels of only Magneto’s eyes, and it’s very clear that he is not pleased by this ruse. Quinn has consistent pencils that make reading this issue easier due to his clean style. The colors by Java Tartaglia compliment what Quinn lays down. In the early pages, Tartaglia shades perfectly as the mutants infiltrate the Orchi’s facility. Dram panels, where Kurt has a creepy nightmare look downright trippy as Tartaglia uses purples and reds to show a weird background. The colors and pencils work well with the type of story Spurrier is telling. If art can stay this consistent, this has the opportunity to be one of the better illustrated books in the X-line.
Way of X offers X-Men fans a different story than what they are getting in other places. Si Spurrier doesn’t give us answers to anything, but that’s perfectly fine. The pencils and colors looked good this issue and make looking at the pages easy on your eyes. Way of X is a book for anyone who wants a different feel from the current X-line.