X-Men '92 #1

X-Men '92 #1

Writer: Chad Bowers Artist: Alti Firmansyah Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 30, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 12
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

The X-Men of the 90s are back! Continuing from the hit Secret Wars series starring the X-Men of a more EXTREME decade. With Cassandra Nova defeated, the X-Men have taken in all the young mutants she had rounded up and are officially reopening the Xavier School for Gifted Children...but being responsible won’t stop them from having crazy adventures! Especially when Omega Red shows up with the (Formerly) Soviet Super Soldiers!

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Apr 1, 2016

    X-men 92 #1 doesn't just succeed in capturing the essence of a defining era for X-men. It creates a world that feels unburdened and unencumbered by never-ending efforts to reinvent the X-men for a new audience. Like an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, some things don't need to be reinvented. Even so, it doesn't hurt to be reminded of why it worked so well in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicsverse - Corey Spanner Mar 30, 2016

    This issue is a greatreminder that comic books can be fun without being dark. The colorful characters decorate the pages of a book that is told from an optimist's point of view. Whatever threat is coming can be taken down with teamwork and determination. In an X-world dedicated to time travel and Phoenix Forces, X-MEN '92 finds a way to stand out by going back to the basics of what made the X-Men so popular in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Apr 4, 2016

    Maverick rushes into Xavier's School for Gifted youngsters exclaiming that "they're coming for you"! He has information leading to Russia's super soldier experiment called Alpha Red. Sims and Bowers do a solid job of handling the large cast of characters that includes iconic versions of Wolverine, Gambit, Bishop and more. The dialogue isn't as "90s sounding" as it was in the mini-series which makes sense as this ongoing tries to attract new readers, but there's still enough to make it sound as though it's from times past. X-Men '92 isn't for everyone, but based on this first issue it's trying its best to be. I love this era of X-Men and its obvious that the writers involved do too. I'll have to watch some of the 90s X-Men cartoons again till the next issue comes out! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Mar 31, 2016

    Whether you're a #90s Kid or just a fan of fun-filled comic stories, this book shows that, sometimes, the oldies are the goodies. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Apr 1, 2016

    This book may need some time to breathe and get some better balance between the art and writing. There are going to be some challenges when you have a team this big, and attempting to create nostalgic memories for X-Men fans from the 1990s while also attempting to give each member their moment in the sun. With the shake-up from the classic team we know and love, it is going to have a fresh and new dynamic that will really give a new twist on some classic X-Men moments. This book deserves a few more issues to work out some creative kinks in terms of art pacing, layouts, and background details. The writing is so strong and wonderful it can only improve as the characters are continually shaped and fleshed out over the coming arc, we just have to hope the art keeps up with the pacing set by the great storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Apr 1, 2016

    A lot of the X-Men line balances on the convoluted minutiae of a continuity spanning decades, which means every 20-page comic is far heavier than the few ounces it weighs in your hands. That can be a turnoff and lead curious but nervous readers to flee. Bowers and Sims compress the characters down into their most commercially recognizable parts while still providing sharp focus and decent characterization. I'm hopeful this series will become successful enough to allow the group to grow past the nostalgia haze and into stranger and wilder territory. "X-Men '92" #1 is a hoot. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 30, 2016

    Marvel hasn't always found success in trying to tap into the lingering nostalgia for the X-Men's '90s period. This new series is largely successful, thanks to its lighthearted tone and a storytelling approach that honors the source material while also poking fun at its many excesses. It's unfortunate that the art isn't quite up to the task of capturing that distinctive era, but hopefully that's an element of the book that will improve with time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Mar 31, 2016

    If you're coming back from the miniseries, it make take an issue or two to adjust, but X-Men '92 #1 promises more of the campy, action-packed fun (and the occasional odd physical proportions - keep an eye out for some unusually strong thighs) of both its source comic book and the source show. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven Apr 4, 2016

    Milla is the MVP of the first issue of this series as it feels just like an animated series. His colors and Firmansyah's art are what make this book worth owning. The big panels of Wolverine flying at you violently and cartoonish colors make this book pop.  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 30, 2016

    If you have nostalgia for the old X-Men animated series, then this is a book for you. Sims and Bowers are reverent of the source material and build on it accordingly. But if you are looking for more meat and potatoes from your superhero comic books, you might want to stick to the in-continuity stuff. There are no really big stakes here. These characters won't change. They're frozen in time, and that's part of the appeal of this book. X-Men '92 #1 is like meeting up with some old friends and being pleasantly surprised that you can still enjoy each other's company even though you've gotten older. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Mar 31, 2016

    While this isn't a bad start for Bowers, Sims or Firmansyah " I can't help but hope that Marvel is going to push this series further into the unknown, places that these characters have never been pushed towards in the Marvel Universe. With the writers of this issue already blending concepts from the traditional X-Universe and creating new villains, maybe readers are only a few issues away from some groundbreaking material. I know I'm waiting with bated breath. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Mar 30, 2016

    Unfortunately, the good artwork is not enough to make up for the dull script and inaccessible story. Those X-Fans seeking to satisfy their nostalgic twinges should rewatch the original cartoons. And those readers looking for an X-Men comic they can easily get into without worrying about a complicated backstory should look elsewhere. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Big Comic Page - Laurence Almalvez May 19, 2016

    Overall, the issue is just not interesting, which is real a shame since it's also supposed to introduce a new villain to the X-Men rouges gallery. The horror-inspired ending is just enough for me to check out the next installment, but I honestly can't recommend this series at this time, especially if this first issue is any indication of where this series is headed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Apr 9, 2016

    I missed both the first volume of X-Men '92, and the infinite comic, but I am no stranger to the classic animated universe X-Men. The characters in this book are mostly familiar to me, except for a few random Russian characters and Maverick, an old mercenary buddy of Wolverines. I love the look of wolverine and psylocke, and some of the humor even feels straight out of the TV series. I love seeing Omega Red, I was always a big fan of his tentacle weapon arms back in the day, and even had one of the Mighty Max-esque pocket comic toys with Omega Red and a black and gold suit wolverine, and I still have the classic wolverine and sabertooth one on my desk as we speak. The reveal that Omega Red was a product of a Russian program like the Weapon X program, and that there is an ALPHA Red is pretty boss. This was a decent first issue that doesn't require the previous '92s as homework, but I'm sure they would have helped connect to the characters emotionally. Otherwise, pretty good.

  • 8.0
    The Villain Sep 28, 2016

    This is my first introduction to X-Men '92. I didn't watch the show and I didn't read the first volume. I still found the book to be fairly enjoyable. It has a cartoonish simplicity but the art is very well done. This Alpa Red villain has a decent introduction and feels like he could be a good threat. Who knows how they will give him depth though.

  • 4.5
    Gizmo May 8, 2016

    Like this show, this is purposefully cheesy in certain ways, like the way basic Russian and German words are thrown awkwardly into English dialogue to make a character sound foreign. I think there is a fair bit that is accidentally cheesy too, like the school getting trashed by mutant training antics, that's become so cliche at this point as to be nauseating. Omega Red and his goons show up to grab this guy and, after a brief scuffle, decide to come back later. Why would you plot the comic like this? It feels like it's just a lazy way to work a fight scene into the first issue when the plot hasn't reached the conflict point yet. Another villain is introduced mysteriously later, and that is the most interesting aspect of this comic. Unfortunately, it's not going to be enough to bring me back for another issue. If this is supposed to be a continuation of the tv series, I'd say mission accomplished, warts and all. But those who grew up with the show are old enough to expect a more intelligent entertainment experience, so this concept doesn't really work well for the desired audience.

  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Mar 31, 2016

  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
    CraigR Mar 31, 2016

  • 6.0
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  • 6.0
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