X-Men ‘92: House of XCII #1: Marvel Comics Review

Apr 11, 2022

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X-Men ‘92: House of XCII #1 main cover

It’s always fun to spend time with the X-Men team we all fell in love with. Whether you met this team through Jim Lee’s work in the comics or while watching the animated show, there’s something about this team that hits the spot. X-Men ‘92: House of XCII #1 does scratch that itch to some extent, but there are a couple things to discuss.

Marvel Comics
Written by: Steve Foxe
Art by: Salva Espin
Colors by: Israel Silva
Letters by: VC’s Joe Sabino

First, if you didn’t read the synopsis ahead of time, you might be confused by why this team is dealing with anything Krakoa-related. The story and dialogue themselves are good, but coming in, I didn’t realize this was essentially a What If story. So, that took me out of the story for a bit. Once you come to that realization, X-Men ‘92: House of XCII #1 becomes a fun experiment with characters we love. (If you’re reading this ahead of new comic book day, you should be able to avoid the confusion I experienced.)

Salva Espin’s line art respects the characters’ look from the era. Of course, it’s not a carbon copy or the cartoon, Lee’s work or the X-Men ‘92 comics we got years ago, nor should it be. But one thing about the art on the whole: The use of shadows on characters threw me off a bit. There was too much and didn’t flow well with the bright colors.

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