Amazing X-Men #1 & #2 Review
Last month Marvel started the Amazing X-Men comic, which is a new ongoing series. It is replacing Astonishing X-Men, which just ended in October of this year. It is suppose to be the continuation of the Battle of the Atom series. Amazing X-Men will deal with the aftermath of that series. The series starts with the search for Nightcrawler who died in the X-Men Second Coming series in 2010.
The series starts with Nightcrawler quickly reminiscing about his former life as he sits up in heaven. Surprisingly Nightcrawler is unhappy with his life in heaven. The peacefulness and serenity of heaven just is not for the warrior soul. He smells that something is out of place, which is true, there are evil monsters that do not belong in heaven. Nightcrawler is excited to fight them since he has not been able to fight with anyone in a long time. During the fight Nightcrawler smells brimstone – that is not his. That could only mean one thing, his father Azazel is in heaven. Azazel in heaven could only mean trouble, so Nightcrawler fights with his father.
Azazel reminds Nightcrawler that he is dead which means Nightcrawler cannot follow his father. That information is not accurate, all Nightcrawler has to do is jump.
At the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning (which is what it was renamed after Wolverine reopened the school), Angela Jones aka Firestar is reporting for her first day as a teacher. The school is always in motion, teachers and students with classes to be. Or course everyone has their own personal issues to deal with. Unfortunately, Firestar cannot get anyone’s attention to help her out. In the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning you need to be assertive. Firestar gets lucky when she comes across Beast who is trying to find the location of the Bamfs since they stole his coffee maker Eleanor. (I hear Eleanor and automatically think of Gone in 60 Seconds). Bamfs are creatures that resemble Nightcrawler or his father, with similar powers – they come from an alternate dimension. When Firestar and Beast find the missing coffee maker, they also discover a gateway device that the Bamfs have built in the mansion. Those cleaver little creatures, building a gateway device under everyone’s nose, while still having time to stealing Wolverine’s whiskey.
The head X-Men all decide to check out the gateway device that the Bamf’s built. Naturally they have to assess the situation that they caused when they did not get rid of the creatures months ago. Marvel needed a plot device to introduce Nightcrawler again, so the Bamfs had to have free reign of the mansion.
Breast thought that he had cut off its power supply to the gateway device but the Bamf’s had tapped into another power source. Apparently the Bamf’s are actually smarter then Beast and know the mansion better then him, which is scary since Beast is a genius and he built the mansion. Something activates the gateway device causing red Bamf’s to come out (much like the ones that came with Azazel earlier), the red ones are mean. (The Bamfs that are running around the mansion are blue and much nicer, they remind me of Gizmo.) The red Bamf’s were trying to keep the X-Men away from the gateway machine. Somehow, the gateway pulled in Wolverine and Northstar into it, sending them to an unknown place.
While Wolverine and Northstar are investigating their new location they come across a floating ship.
For the second issue we find that Storm, Iceman and Firestar have also been pulled through the gateway. Unfortunately, they were not transported to the same place as Wolverine and Northstar – they were transported to hell instead. In hell; Storm’s powers do not work, Iceman is melting, and it Firestar is freaking out. It is Firestar’s first day with the X-Men and she has already be sent to hell. Not to mention when she was with the Avengers they had a butler that made them pancakes. From what Firestar has seen the X-Men do not.
They also run across a different floating ship before they are attacked by hell monsters.
As Northstar attacks the ship it is discovered that Northstar and Wolverine are in heaven. That Azazel is stealing souls and it is the job of the pirates to fill the ship with souls. Wolverine saves one person’s soul only to be captured onto the boat. Wolverine begins a fight with the captain of the ship.
Back in hell, Storm is fighting the demons only to be captured onto the second ship by its captain – Captain Kid. Firestar goes to save Storm only to be stopped by one of the monsters of hell. Iceman then freezes over all of hell (if you ever said that something will happen when hell freezes over – guess what it happened), unfortunately that took a lot of energy from Iceman causing him to collapse and the ice starts melting. Captain Kid floats away with Storm on his ship.
Captain Jack of other ship has managed to get Wolverine onto the plank, which Wolverine falls off but manages to catch himself at the last second. A voice in Wolverine’s head tells him to hold on and not to fall down. Wolverine is at first confused as to who the voice is until he sees Professor X. The Professor tells Wolverine that he is in heaven and that he has to find Nightcrawler before his father does.
Unfortunately, while the Professor is communicating with Wolverine Captain Jack pushes him off the plank. Like a true man, Wolverine cannot multitask so trying to fight and have a mental conversation was too much. I blame that on Professor X, he really should have known that would be an issue.
It the last panels we see Northstar trying to save Wolverine, Storm tied up on the ship and Firestar doing what she can to protect Iceman. Nightcrawler is finally seen again even though he was giving background on the X-Men throughout the issue. Nightcrawler plans to do whatever needs to be done to save his friends souls.
What I liked about the first issue is that we see some contradiction in Nightcrawler, he admits to being a man of faith and that heaven is everything he imagined but that he is not content with being there. His found his life to be exciting while he was alive, he fought for good and in some ways that gave him a warriors soul.
I also really enjoyed the mention of Storm and Wolverine hooking up (which happened in Wolverine and the X-Men #24). I have been a RoLo shipper since I was 10, so I super excited that they kinda together in the comics and I am looking forward to more instances of them together. I also like the dynamic of both of them being Headmaster and Headmistress of the school. Storm has been a team leader in the past, thus the authority figure, so this put Wolverine on an even playing field.
I did find this issue to be a bit slow but it was the set up issue so that is to be expected.
I have to say I enjoyed the second issue much better, there was more action but I also felt that I could also understand where the story was going better. I am enjoying the fact that the group was teleported to different areas, one to heaven and the other to hell. Since Storm is one of my favorite comic book characters, it makes happy to see to that they showed that she is still tough even without her powers. Especially after the X-Men movies with really down played her a lot.
I also enjoyed the play on when hell freezes over. With that being said it was great to see that display of power from Iceman since he is an Omega Level Mutant. Being in hell is bad for Iceman and in some ways killing him, it was great to see even with that he could still do amazing things with his powers.
What I am looking forward to in the next issue to of course seeing more of Nightcrawler. I am hoping that we will get to see more of what Azazel is up to; it really feels like he is the devil right now. A part of me wants Wolverine to fall into hell so that the team can be reunited but at the same time, I do want Northstar to save him. I am not sure if I am ready for the team to reunite yet, that might be more fun to see in the 4th issue. I hope that Nightcrawler does not run into his father again until one of the later issues. With any luck they will play up the father son relationship a bit more since I know that Azazel and Nightcrawler do not see eye to eye.
Until next month when I review the 3rd issue.
- 4 Reasons to Read Amazing X-Men #2 (and 4 to skip it) (comicbooked.com)
- Amazing X-Men #1 Review (themarvelousrealm.wordpress.com)
- Amazing X-Men Volume Two Issue 1 (shadowandflamewithmagik.com)
- SDCC ’13: Nightcrawler Returns with a Bamf! (comicbooked.com)
- SDCC’13: Nightcrawler Returns in Amazing X-Men #1 from Aaron and McGuinness (comicsbeat.com)
- Amazing X-Men #2 – Review (weeklycomicbookreview.com)
- Review: Amazing X-Men #1 (forthebl0g.wordpress.com)
- Amazing X-Men 1 (retcon-punch.com)
Posted on December 16, 2013, in Marvel Comics and tagged Amazing X-Men, Azazel, Bamf, Firestar, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Northstar, Return of Nightcrawler, Storm, Wolverine, X-Men. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.