It’s the early ’90s again, and one of the most popular iterations of the X-Men is back!  But does that mean it’s good?  Only one way to know for sure…

In X-Men ’92 #1, we find iconic lineup from the early 1990s of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Storm, Jubilee, Rogue, and Gambit, about to partake in a little bit of training.  However, since the Danger Room is currently being repaired, they have to go to the next best place, a Laser Tag facility.  All of the mutant activity causes a nearby group of “free-range” sentinels to show up to try and destroy our heroes.  The team fights off the threat, just as the territory’s Doom appointed baron, Robert Kelly shows up to apologize for the attack, claiming that some of the free-range sentinels had not yet gone through reprogramming which would keep them from attacking mutants.  Kelly also mentions a facility called Clear Mountain, where some of the more dangerous mutants have been taken in an effort to rehabilitate them into productive members of society.  The X-Men are immediately suspicious of this facility and are given the opportunity to visit, but when they arrive, they are quite surprised at what they find.

Writing duties in this oversized issue are shared by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers, and they are able to create an atmosphere that seems to have come straight out of the 1990s X-books (and animated series).  There’s the real, but not quite venomous tension between Wolverine and Cyclops, which hadn’t developed into full blown hatred at this point.  The heavy flirting between Gambit and Rouge is also here, and Jubilee is, well, Jubilee.  If you grew up reading/watching this version of the team, then you will be reliving your glory days.  There are some rather interesting things going on with the dialogue a little later in the issue, after the team arrives at the Clear Mountain facility that I didn’t quite understand (if you read the issue, you’ll see what I’m talking about), so I hope those get explained later in the series, otherwise it would just be really weird.

Scott Koblish handles the artwork here, and like the writers, he does a great job of both making the story look like something from the early ’90s as well as making it his own.  The team looks fantastic, and the backgrounds look a lot like something you would see in a comic from more than twenty years ago.  Team books can sometimes be difficult because of the sheer amount of characters, but Koblish proves in this issue that it’s nothing he can’t handle.

I’ll admit, this is one of the new series that I was really waiting for, and overall, it didn’t blow me away, but I was certainly satisfied with the way it turned out.  On the surface, this might seem like more fan service than anything else, but it’s actually been done really well.  I hope that they creators can keep the quality, and the fun of this series going.  If you’re a fan of the X-Men animated series, or the comic series from the 1990s, this one is definitely for you.

The Verdict for X-Men ’92 #1:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
Planet Hulk #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
East of West, Volume 4: Who Wants War TPB
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition


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