Kitty Pryde is under attack by Ogun, and the X-Treme team comes back together for a new mission. Find out if they can catch find Ogun in X-Treme X-Men #1 by Marvel Comics!
X-TREME X-MEN #1 (OF 5)
Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: Salvador Larroca
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Mark Basso
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7th, 2022
Previously in X-Treme X-Men: Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca return to the X-Treme X-Men title for a brand-new adventure. When Kitty Pryde was thirteen, she was a full-fledged X-Men and went to Japan. Ogun chose Shadowcat as his apprentice and controlled her body and soul. Luckily, Wolverine was able to save her and kill Ogun.
A PSYCHIC ATTACK
X-Treme X-Men #1 starts in a dream sequence. Kitty Pryde is a grad student at the University of Chicago working at a bar. In her dream, she heads to work to see everyone dead and Ogun in front of her. Ogun seems to be able to hit her even when she uses her de-solidification powers. However, Kitty Pryde expels Ogun from her psyche by drawing on her training with Logan.
When she wakes up, she is comforted by her roommate Rachel Summers, but Rachel puts out an SOS, which brings the entire X-Treme X-Men team back together. The X-Treme Team are global Marshals trying to get peace and boundaries between mutants and humanity. Storm cautions her team to find Ogun but tests not to insight the anti-mutant group Purity into a riot. Wolverine and Rachel look to track. Sage and Bishop prepare a home base, and Gambit and Rogue are back up. Meanwhile, Storm, Shadowcat, and Lockheed stick together to keep Shadowcat safe.
CAN THEY FIND OGUN?
X-Treme X-Men #1 starts with a visually stunning masterpiece. The backdrop of Kitty’s dream sequence is in black and white, accented by Ogun’s red mask, the blood on the ground, and the pink of Shadowcat’s outfit. When we rely on black and white backdrops, Salvador’s art must stand firm. And his linework, shading, and details provide great depth to the story. This is immediately contrasted to the standard comic art style in the novel’s second half, but even here, the details are immaculate.
On top of the art, the hook brings you right into the story. Chris did an excellent job informing you about the plotline and the backstory, and he even adds character tension between some of these heroes this early in the arc. While we only have the hook and exposition, it provides the foundation to insinuate a solid narrative arc and sophisticated pacing. This, along with the theme of PTSD and overcoming trauma, will prove to be an outstanding comic miniseries.
BOTTOM LINE: ALL THE RIGHT THINGS
I don’t know if we need more X-Men titles, but X-Treme X-Men #1 does everything I want from a comic book. It considers the balance of plot, setting, and characters while adding a fair degree of conflict right off the bat. Great work here by Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca. Because of that, X-Treme X-Men #1 is a 5 out of 5 for me. Not perfect, but it checks all my boxes.
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X-Treme X-Men #1
X-Treme X-Men #1 checks all the right boxes with a balanced plot, setting, and conflict-driven characters.