WRITTEN BY: Tini Howard
ART BY: Alberto Foche
COLORS BY: Sunny Gho
LETERS BY: Clayton Cowes
It seems like everyday we see a new X-men book be announced. Considering how much of a beloved change this new status quo already is, it’s hardly surprising that Marvel wants to go all in on X-men books right now. X-Corp absolutely delivers to the standard we’ve been seeing recently and more.
Taking Jonathan Hickman’s master plan for mutantkind to the next level, the series will premiere a brand-new group of X-Men that will prove once and for all that mutantkind means business! The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa. As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-CORPORATION, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. But X-Corp needs more than just its figureheads. As Monet sets out to staff their team with some of the brightest and most deviant minds in mutantkind, Warren finds himself in a tense confrontation with one of Krakoa’s first allies who wants to know the truth: on Angel’s wings, will X-Corp crash or soar?
Definitely the strongest points of the book were Warren and Monets characterizations. They’ve been two characters that seem to have been absent a lot in the Krakoa era of X-men so it’s nice to see both them in an environment that they’re best suited to. Howard definitely has a clear understanding of the characters and I can’t wait to see where they will take them in the future of this book. It’ll also be interesting to see if X-Corp will tie into Mauraders soon considering how the Hellfire club seem to be the other big business on the island. Another shoutout goes to Foche’s artwork. Their art is absolutely gorgeous to look at and compliments the writing style beautifully.
The part where the book fell short for me was with Jamie Madrox (Multiple man), while he wasn’t advertised to be part of the book, he seems to have a big role going forward. At the same time, I didn’t feel like where they were going with the character who obviously seems to be part of the team. While in the context of the book, it does make sense to have them there, I’d like to see him take more of a lead in the future as I think he can contribute amazingly to the book, aside from just being clones like a robots in a factory.
Overall, this is a very exciting debut for X-Corp. Marvel and X-men strike a home run yet again and showcases that even two years later, we’re still just get started with the X-men.