Saturday, July 02, 2011

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: Frank Quietly's Actually 'All-New' X-Men

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. For this week's splashie, writer Grant Morrison's tongue-in-continuity way of telling the you the X-Men were hopping off their hamster-wheel of recent plotlines, as only artist Frank Quietly could draw;

Not only did this issue dust off Emma Frost so well Marvel's hasn't put her back on the shelf since, New X-Men #114 is to me the best first issue of an established series by a creative team - ever.

Old characters seemed new and more like themselves, the focus was back on Xavier's as a school, mutants weren't all swimsuit models (aided by Frank's unique style) and Cyclops actually made sense. 

Hopefully this is the same kind of re-tune we'll be looking at in September, when Grant takes over Superman's origin, with Action Comics #1.

2 comments:

  1. simply gorgeous. I wasn't a huge Cyc fan, but I hated the way the movies and even comics tended to relegate him to the back of the line. He was defined by his role as leader or his relationship with Jean and had little else in the way of character. I like it when somebody decides to try and flesh him out.

    Thanks for finding this Dan.

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  2. I was the same Craig - here in New X-men is where I finally went 'Oh I get him now'. Before that I just never really got how a blind follower could lead the team. Jean, Storm and Nightcrawler always seemed like the real leaders.

    Thanks for the comments!

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