Rob Liefeld has returned to Marvel for a new X-Universe series. It’s going to be a 6 parter, and from the cover it looks to be pure 90’s nostalgia. I’ll always be thankful to Liefeld as one of the co-creators of Cable – I love that character. This was recommended to me by the good folks at Ka-Pow here in town, so here we go!
The cover features the titular new character front and center, surrounded by Cable, Wolverine, Deadpool, Storm, and another character that looks like Beast. They’re all done in his distinctive style, and the cover literally screams 90’s action. You know what? While it didn’t immediately grab me, it looks fun!
The art is very much in Liefeld’s style. Some people love it, some hate it. I’m more in the middle. What I love is that he seems to have fun with it. This is a guy that gets criticized for having too many pouches on characters and then turns around and draws a character made out of pouches(google Pouchman, totally worth it). It’s a very distinctive style that was huge in the 90’s, and you know what? It works for this book too. I think my favourite part of the book artistically was the re-imagining of Beast. The grey and red looks cool!
The book opens with Major X having defeated X-Force at some point in the past and battling Cable. M’Koy(the alternate Beast) is sent to find Cerebro. The action is good, and if you were a fan of 90’s X-Men stories this will also be right up your alley.
We are then treated to a flashback and see that Major X is from another dimension, one called the X-istence. It is ruled by a mysterious character called the X-ential, and when this being is kidnapped the dimension begins to collapse. Major X and M’Koy barely escape on the dimension and time hopping Motherbike. I just described 1990’s X-Men in all it’s glory.
Eventually an alternate Deadpool known as Dreadpool shows up to kill the Major and Cable, and Deadpool makes the save. We are then treated to a reveal of just who Major X is, and while I won’t spoil it here(go get the book), it fits with the story.
This was a fun book. It’s not re-inventing the wheel, or going anywhere unexpected, but it’s fun. I get the impression Liefeld was aiming just for that. He took everything he’s known for (both the good and the bad), wrapped it in a smile, and slammed it down on the page. Go get this, it’ll make you smile. Really, what else are you looking for?