The arrival of Arakko has caused discord with the governments of Earth. Mutantkind must enact a daring plan to keep the peace. See what they accomplish together in Planet-Size X-Men #1 by Marvel Comics!

PLANET-SIZE X-MEN #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Artist: Pepe Larraz
Colorist: Marte Garcia
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Jordan D. White
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 16th, 2021 

Previously in X-Men: The Contest of Swords event brought Arakko to earth, but the mutants of that world only know war. That and they are not taught to look kindly upon humans. People have given reports of the Arakkii mutants attacking humans and the Quiet Council must now make some decisions about how to proceed while keeping the peace.

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

Magneto comes up with a daring plan. A plan to keep the peace between humans and mutantkind. Something that will keep the Arakkii mutants from destroying, pillaging, and conquering! Planet-Size X-Men #1 isn’t just a reference to the size of the book, but a reference to Magneto’s plan to terraform Mars!

Magneto uses his terrifying powers of magnetism to add iron to Mars’ core while Iceman and Storm begin to create an atmosphere. Arakkii mutant Soburnar has an entire ecosystem in his blood. When he bleeds, his powers are amplified by Hope and Monarch to create an ocean. Xilo, Arakkii mutant, nourishes the ground with life. And perhaps the deadliest task used a combination of Arakko mutant, Lactuca, and Jean Grey to teleport the entire island of Arakko on Mars.

They do this in front of the entire world. Both as a statement to their power and to try and show the world governments that they can handle their own problems. Planet Arakko will serve as a place of diplomacy, have a port for “spaceship parking”, and a S.W.O.R.D. Station Two!

THE NEXT CHAPTER

Planet-Size X-Men #1 seems to be setting up a new chapter for the entire Marvel universe. Mars has been terraformed and is now inhabitable and there is certain to be a lot of discord. Can Krakoa claim Mars? This is certain to cause a world-wide disaster, but can anyone actually stand up to mutants? Plus, everyone wants Krakoan medicine. My mind is turning with so many concepts and possibilities.

I think what caught my attention the most was the concept of comradery. We have this huge powerhouse of Storm who could create an atmosphere with her powers. But Storm could not make Mars inhabitable by herself. And I think that is what makes the X-Men so special. The whole concept was built upon tension between heroes. They don’t have a solo book where they come together as a team when a crisis happens, they are always a team. And now they have an entire planet under their control, and I wonder what kind of new stories are going to arise with this new plot point. Especially this plot point that Arakko doesn’t know what peace is and they must find this outlet for their aggression.

BOTTOM LINE: GREAT CONCEPTS

I loved this book. Planet-Size X-Men #1 is such a great idea and a logical next step for the X-Men title. It does make me wonder if the X-Men are becoming too powerful. I would hate to see an X-Men verses the rest of the Marvel Universe type crossover event, but we could be seeing that soon. This is a 4 out of 5 from me. Solid writing, great ideas, and a promising next chapter in the X-Men universe.


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Planet-Size X-Men provides an exciting next step for the mutant nation of Krakoa that I did not expect. Such a cool display of power from our beloved heroes seems like they are getting another shining moment in the Marvel Universe.

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