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.