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The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive) and Oliver Coipel (House of M, Thor)! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men's door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she's brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth's survival...or i The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive) and Oliver Coipel (House of M, Thor)! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men's door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she's brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth's survival...or its destruction. Against a backdrop of what seems like an alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life on earth! Collecting: X-Men 1-4, Uncanny X-Men 244


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The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive) and Oliver Coipel (House of M, Thor)! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men's door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she's brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth's survival...or i The X-Women finally get their own book, from critically acclaimed superstars Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive) and Oliver Coipel (House of M, Thor)! An old enemy shows up at the X-Men's door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she's brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth's survival...or its destruction. Against a backdrop of what seems like an alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life on earth! Collecting: X-Men 1-4, Uncanny X-Men 244

30 review for X-Men, Volume 1: Primer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Welcome back, Jubilee! Never my favorite X-Man. In the Marvel/DC crossover, she “fought” Robin. Actually she made googly eyes at Robin and allowed herself to be tied up (because that’s what the Bat boys are into). She has sparkly powers and Wolverine was a creepy mentor for her (she’s a teenaged girl with powers, it’s what he does). Now she has a baby who’s a conduit for evil and she’s acquired vampire powers to boot. This is the all-new (except for Storm’s Mohawk. That’s old and horrible.) all-fem Welcome back, Jubilee! Never my favorite X-Man. In the Marvel/DC crossover, she “fought” Robin. Actually she made googly eyes at Robin and allowed herself to be tied up (because that’s what the Bat boys are into). She has sparkly powers and Wolverine was a creepy mentor for her (she’s a teenaged girl with powers, it’s what he does). Now she has a baby who’s a conduit for evil and she’s acquired vampire powers to boot. This is the all-new (except for Storm’s Mohawk. That’s old and horrible.) all-female X-Men. Marvel’s been trying to increase the amount of female centric titles and what better way than to subdivide from an already established product. Right? Even though you are using familiar characters (as opposed to the Fearless Defenders), the problem here is that it doesn’t feel organic. How can you justify an estrogenic approach to the X-Men? Where are the guys? Are they on vacation? Are they on an extended secret mission from continuity? Who knows? That said, it’s not a bad volume, it just seems forced (and redundant). X-Men #244, the first appearance of Jubilee, is also included here because there’s only four issues of the main story and Marvel had to pad this collection out with something else. Basically the X-Women get tired of the Australian outback and want to do something exciting…so they go shopping (GAH!!) at a mall and run into these chumps.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    I thought this was pretty decent, but awfully short. Well, unless you count the filler issue where they reprinted the Meet Jubilee story. It's old, so it's full of 80's hair, clothes, and slang. Also, it takes place at a mall. Ehhhhh. I guess Primer is the start of an all-girls team? I suppose that's cool, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Anyway, it starts out with Jubilee and a baby she's rescued (not really sure what the story is with the kid) heading toward the X-mansion (or whatever they're c I thought this was pretty decent, but awfully short. Well, unless you count the filler issue where they reprinted the Meet Jubilee story. It's old, so it's full of 80's hair, clothes, and slang. Also, it takes place at a mall. Ehhhhh. I guess Primer is the start of an all-girls team? I suppose that's cool, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Anyway, it starts out with Jubilee and a baby she's rescued (not really sure what the story is with the kid) heading toward the X-mansion (or whatever they're calling it today). She notices some guy following her, calls for backup, and all the single ladies come to her rescue. The scary stalker guy turns out to be John Sublime (no idea who that is), but evidently he has a history with the X-Men. A not-good history. However, he claims his sister (an amoeba-looking life form) is on her way to destroy/conquer earth, and he needs their help to save the day. *BIG BATTLE STUFF* At the end of it, Storm almost tells Psylocke to kill one of their friends, who was possessed by the amoeba chick. Gratuitous Psylocke picture for Jeff . Because I'm an awesome friend. In the next issue, that almost-kill order comes back to bite Storm in the butt. Or, to be exact, a whiny Rachel comes back to bite her in the butt. She can't understand why Storm automatically assumes that she gets to wear the Leader Pants. Um, maybe because she's a badass, and an ORIGINAL X-Man? If you want to read a better review, check out Sesana's. I agree with everything she has to say in that one, except for the part about loving Storm's hair going back to the old mohawk style. It's not that she doesn't look sort of cool with a mohawk, but I keep imagining how often she would have to shave the sides of her head to keep that haircut looking fresh. Perhaps I'm simply too lazy to understand the appeal. Anyway, it's not a bad story, but there's not enough issues in it to make it worth buying.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    Jubilee is heading home with a surprise. Actually two surprises as she inadvertently leads ancient evil to the X-Men's front door. A war many years in the making is about to take place in the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning. Primer was flat out a disappointment. I'm a big fan of the X-Men, but nothing about this story was particularly engaging. Ancient beings one of which it seems I should have heard of bring war to the X-Men's doorstep. Perhaps if I knew anything about John Sublime then th Jubilee is heading home with a surprise. Actually two surprises as she inadvertently leads ancient evil to the X-Men's front door. A war many years in the making is about to take place in the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning. Primer was flat out a disappointment. I'm a big fan of the X-Men, but nothing about this story was particularly engaging. Ancient beings one of which it seems I should have heard of bring war to the X-Men's doorstep. Perhaps if I knew anything about John Sublime then this story would have been more intriguing, but I don't know anything about him and he's as bland as vanilla ice cream. It's a shame too because this volume is centered around the X-Women. I would have liked to see a story all about them do much better than this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Well, this sounded interesting. An all-female X-Men team? I can sign up for that. Especially when I'm fond of every lady represented here. Well, except for Psylocke. Never cared all that much for her. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to. Obviously, it's been a long time since I was a regular X-book reader, because I had no earthly idea who John Sublime was. (I think the most important thing to take from that article is that there was once a character in the X-books who w Well, this sounded interesting. An all-female X-Men team? I can sign up for that. Especially when I'm fond of every lady represented here. Well, except for Psylocke. Never cared all that much for her. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out the way I wanted it to. Obviously, it's been a long time since I was a regular X-book reader, because I had no earthly idea who John Sublime was. (I think the most important thing to take from that article is that there was once a character in the X-books who went by the codename Redneck. Yikes.) Not really knowing who this guy was, I ended up not really caring all that much. Besides, his storyline was horribly compressed. I'm not sure why it was squeezed into so few issues, but it made it feel very rushed. I also didn't like the way Wood handled the conflict between Storm and Rachel. It felt like he started with the idea that they must butt heads somehow, and he worked his way back from there. Rachel questioning why Storm would be the team leader is just so bizarre at this point. She must have years of experience as team leader by now. Even odder is them arguing over whether or not it would ever be morally acceptable to take a life. It just sounds weird coming from Rachel Summers, of all people. I'm also a little uneasy with how absolutely no one in this book (or, apparently, behind the scenes of this book) is questioning how Jubilee picked up that cute baby. I mean, she literally just grabbed him and ran. At one point, Jubilee admits that she has no idea if this baby has any family or not, but she doesn't seem to care, and neither does anyone else. Um, good things. Well, the very idea of an all-female X-team is great. There are plenty of experienced, competent ladies running around the halls of the Jean Grey School to pull it off. Psylocke's new costume is literally the best thing I've ever seen her in, and looks way more functional than that tiny swimsuit they used to make her wear. Storm's new costume looks completely fabulous, and I love that she's gone back to her mohawk. And the fourth issue has Wolverine in possibly his most low-key (and logical) guest stint ever. Wow, has he ever mellowed, and watching him, Jubilee, and baby Shogo have family time was actually pretty cute. But this is seriously, seriously overpriced as a collection. For $17.99, you get a paperback with four issues of X-Men. Just four. To pad it out, Marvel also threw in Jubilee's first appearance from 1989. Which is kind of interesting, from a historical perspective, but not actually good. There's a bunch of variant covers in the back, too (of course) but unless you really want to see some late 80s X-Men, you're actually further ahead to buy the individual issues.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    How many issues do you expect to find in a collected edition? For me, I’d say 6 is reasonable and anything above that is a bonus. For some of their hugely popular titles like Superior Spider-Man and All-New X-Men, Marvel have only bundled together 5 issues which is a bit cheeky but for Superior, you’re paying for quality over quantity. In adjective-less X-Men you’re only getting 4 issues. 4! They round out the book to 5 by including a reprint of a 1989 X-Men comic by Chris Claremont and Marc Sil How many issues do you expect to find in a collected edition? For me, I’d say 6 is reasonable and anything above that is a bonus. For some of their hugely popular titles like Superior Spider-Man and All-New X-Men, Marvel have only bundled together 5 issues which is a bit cheeky but for Superior, you’re paying for quality over quantity. In adjective-less X-Men you’re only getting 4 issues. 4! They round out the book to 5 by including a reprint of a 1989 X-Men comic by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri which features Jubilee’s first appearance, and pad it out further with extensive artist sketches and variant covers. I just don’t think you’re getting value for money with this book, not least because it’s terrible. So let’s start with the title – this is the all-female X-men team which is for some reason simply X-Men, rather than X-Women. I don’t know, seems a little obvious maybe but it’s accurately describing the team’s makeup of only women mutants. I guess Marvel don’t want to differentiate too far from the branding but still, I feel it’s a missed opportunity, especially as you have to explain it’s the X-Men book that’s all-female which X-Women would adequately do instantly. The story is that Jubilee is heading back to the school with a baby she’s rescued from an orphanage and named Shogo. She’s now a mum and wants to raise the kid in a safe environment so of course goes to the most attacked location anywhere in the Marvel U, the X-Men’s headquarters (which has varied over the years and is currently entitled the Jean Grey School)! There’s an all-female team made up of Storm, Rachel Grey, Psylocke, Rogue, Kitty Pryde and Jubilee and there’s a super-powerful alien who’s going to destroy the world, blah blah blah, my GOD do they have any other ideas than the END OF THE FUCKING WORLD!?! There isn’t anything to talk about with this book because it’s your standard superhero garbage – bad guy shows up and one tedious fight scene follows another until the book’s over. There’s a minor pissing contest between Storm and Rachel Grey over why Storm’s the leader (yup, that cliché gets trotted out here) which Storm should’ve just answered with “See this Mohawk?” but she doesn’t and boring dialogue diffuses the non-tension. Jubilee remains one of the most famous X-Men thanks to the popular 90s cartoon, but also laughably one of the worst as her powers remain stupid (I think she’s got fireworks up her sleeves or something?). I’ve never cared about her character before and still don’t care about her now that she’s a mum, though there’s some question over that too as it’s implied she might’ve stolen the baby. It’s definitely not hers, but whatever. Other than that, the 1989 issue is the usual bog-standard Claremont drivel, overstuffing the panels with useless exposition, having the characters describing their actions while the narrative boxes do the same. Boring dumb story that’s horribly dated and reads like a 10 year old wrote it after being walloped in the head with a sledgehammer? Check! I’ve never been Silvestri’s biggest fan and I certainly didn’t think his art here was any great shakes. Brian Wood’s creator-owned comics are very good and worth picking up – titles like Northlanders, Mara and Demo – but his work for hire stuff has been very poor, like Conan over at Dark Horse, and his X-men comics with Marvel. This one is by far the laziest, most uninspired mainstream comic I’ve seen him produce yet and can only say that it’s not even worth picking up, just walk on by – not that it’d take you long to read due to its brevity but there are way better comics out there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    The first arc with Arkea was extremely boring for me. I don't understand why Brian Wood just handed Jubilee a baby. This is the second time an X-Men story revolved around some type of techno virus villain. I didn't care when Whedon did it and I don't care now. The art was pretty and that's about all the good I have to say about that. The second part wasn't really an arc as it was a one shot story wherein the X-Men try to save passengers in a falling plane. I really enjoyed that story! Even witho The first arc with Arkea was extremely boring for me. I don't understand why Brian Wood just handed Jubilee a baby. This is the second time an X-Men story revolved around some type of techno virus villain. I didn't care when Whedon did it and I don't care now. The art was pretty and that's about all the good I have to say about that. The second part wasn't really an arc as it was a one shot story wherein the X-Men try to save passengers in a falling plane. I really enjoyed that story! Even without fully understanding why Rachel was being so cold towards Ororo, I was intrigued. I loved Psylocke and Rogue working together. I really enjoyed the subplot with Wolverine hanging out with Jubilee and Shogo. A very solid issue. I even enjoyed the throwback issue to when Jubilee first met the X-Men. It was a really great issue full of strong female characters that I actually care about. I have to say, this is my favorite X-Men lineup from any book I've read so far. Storm, Jubilee, Psylocke, Dazzler and Rogue. I love seeing them work together, there was some humor here but most importantly, I love that Jubilee admires their pride in their abilities. Plus, they went to a male strip club, haha. Anyway, as a whole, this was pretty bland but the last 40 or so pages were great. 3 stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    This review is part of a team buddy read with Shallow Comic Reader Club. This week's theme: comics featuring a female lead. Meh. I generally like Brian Wood's work, but this was...I dunno...not very filling. It seems natural that a team of female X-Men would arise. I haven't followed X-Men regularly in years, but the women always seemed stronger than the men, emotionally and psychologically, and therefore it's not a stretch to see them get together and do their thang. The initial plot is ok. An a This review is part of a team buddy read with Shallow Comic Reader Club. This week's theme: comics featuring a female lead. Meh. I generally like Brian Wood's work, but this was...I dunno...not very filling. It seems natural that a team of female X-Men would arise. I haven't followed X-Men regularly in years, but the women always seemed stronger than the men, emotionally and psychologically, and therefore it's not a stretch to see them get together and do their thang. The initial plot is ok. An alien life form who is a sister to someone the X-Men have fought before comes to Earth and tries to wipe out humanity. Along the way, Jubilee and a baby are followed by the brother, and a X-Man who is in medical stasis gets infiltrated by this alien sister. This causes heartache down the road, and a subsequent moral dilemma. Then, the whole thing is solved in one panel. That's it. Go home, it's done. I'm not even sure how it happened. It just did. Then there is a sort of spot light on Jubilee and Wolverine, and a reprint of the 80s comic where she first appeared. I know the book was about to tie into Battle of the Atom, but there really could have been a lot more depth to the story, the fight scene, etc. I don't know enough about these characters to know if the individual characterizations were on point or not, but they read well enough. The art was good! Except for the reprint. Some Liefeld wannabe. Blech.

  8. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Whoa this was one of the more fun X-men titles I've read in awhile. So Jubilee wants to come home to the X-Men. That's her family and sometimes everyone needs their family a little bit. However, the baby is bringing something along with it. This is all about the X-Men female team and them working out their differences and becoming a team. We got older members like Storm and Rachel but newer, younger ones, like Kitty and Jubilee. Together they must take down a almost unstoppable machine like vill Whoa this was one of the more fun X-men titles I've read in awhile. So Jubilee wants to come home to the X-Men. That's her family and sometimes everyone needs their family a little bit. However, the baby is bringing something along with it. This is all about the X-Men female team and them working out their differences and becoming a team. We got older members like Storm and Rachel but newer, younger ones, like Kitty and Jubilee. Together they must take down a almost unstoppable machine like villain who's taken over the body of their teammate while also learning to work together. Good: I really enjoyed the dialog in here. Easy, fun, and most of all the characters felt like a team. I also liked the very last issue since it got to show Jubilee in a new way, how much she cares for the baby she's brought with her, and how much Logan has grown. It's heartfelt and well done as well as the other side of the story of the women working to become a team. Bad: The many enemy gets taken out a little too easy. Overall this was really really fun. I love this team, their interactions, and I want more. I dunno if the rest of the series is as good but this was damn fun. A 4 out of 5.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    What a HUGE disappointment. Brian Wood! YAY! (DMZ, Northlanders!) with an all-ladies X-(wo)Men team! So excited by the all ladies all the time, they forgot about plot, or good writing, or character interactions that make sense. Oh and they also decided to include a bunch of characters no one knows/remembers, which is the fastest way to get new reader and others (ie. ME) to stop caring. John Sublime (some uber-badass, now seemingly in need of the X-(wo)Men to help him, says that his twin sister's...s What a HUGE disappointment. Brian Wood! YAY! (DMZ, Northlanders!) with an all-ladies X-(wo)Men team! So excited by the all ladies all the time, they forgot about plot, or good writing, or character interactions that make sense. Oh and they also decided to include a bunch of characters no one knows/remembers, which is the fastest way to get new reader and others (ie. ME) to stop caring. John Sublime (some uber-badass, now seemingly in need of the X-(wo)Men to help him, says that his twin sister's...spirit? Aura? Being? Hard Drive? USB Stick? Or some shit is alive and has tricked it's way into the Jean Grey School. All thanks to: Yes that's right, all thanks to: MALLRAT GIRL! (her given name is Jubilee, and she's a vampire too apparently, but only needs sunglasses...at night...so she could be called Corey Hart) Anyhow, Jubes (as someone decided to call her, which makes sense, as she's about as substantial as a Ju-Jube) randomly takes a baby from the ruins of a Bulgarian hospital; because ya. But do any of these normally rational women make a single mention of baby napping a foreign child who may have parents waiting for it? (actually, no. Jubes is about the only one who feels bad about it, and when Mallrat feels bad about something it usually involves Orange Julius being out of slurpees) So, cue up evil sister "entity" which possesses some chiquita banana who's been in a coma while Beast tries to figure out how to save her... In the midst of it, Storm is ready to make the decision to take her out in order to stop the entity. Apparently Mz. Rachel Grey doesn't care for this. Funny enough, they decide to make this into a high school popularity bitch fest contest. Instead of saying um...I was Queen of Wakanda, I have been to the future, I survived getting busy with Wolverine, and I've had the Black Panther inside of me (No euphemism actually), oh and I've been an X-Man since before you were a dirty thought in your dad's brain; they go to a full out leadership debate. Hint: if you want a cool new team of ladies, then don't try and make them just like the men (we DO NOT need you fighting like X and Magneto, Cyclops and Wolvie or anyone else. Just show you're better than that by getting along). It just feels awkward and forced, like someone said "better have a leadership crisis". Not "OK Storm is OBV. the boss, since she's the boss of everything else too. Oh and MOHAWK. Shiver me timbers that's hot. White hair and everything...mmmmmm. OK so blah blah, more shit; I think we've got Storm; Grey not Jean; Rogue; Betsy Braddock mmm nice new costume fit for the modesty era; Jubes, and I think Kitty was in there too. Oh and by the way; wouldn't Kitty be a natural choice for leader behind Storm anyhow? Seriously. I guess they just tried to make Rachel less appealing? Also, it looks like she was on a month long bender....the artwork makes her look exhausted and sorta manga styles. Evil thingy is defeated; baby is kept; Rogue saves people on a plane by absorbing more powers but somehow this drains her, and she can't even fly anymore? Also, where the FUCK did she go for the next installments??? She's not even in Battle of the Atom FFS. There's a side story with Jubes taking the baby on a road trip around Cali with Logan, who ends up buying the house she grew up in for her, just cause. Right. Everyone loves Logan, he's always had a soft spot for vampires mallrats idiotic children who pretend to be X-Men. You might also have noticed, this is only 4 issues... So we get Jubes' "CLASSIC" first appearance, when she is saved by the X-Girls circa 1989 when Storm was still hot, Rogue was Carol Danvers, Dazzler was...really? Dazzler? Isn't she just Jubilee without the soft Asian vampiric overtones? The one who used her fireworks for making money and disco dancing, not just walking around the mall all day?, oh, and Psylocke who looks like she's straight outta 1896. They save her from a...MALL. Yup. So in all, this is a big disappointment, like forced on me somehow, and I didn't like it. I really WANTED to like this, truly, I did, but really. Malls, babynapping, possessed evil entities, and someone thinking they can talk shit about the Goddess of Thunder? Fuck that noise. She's like Thor without the hammer...(double entendre here...see what I did?). Get this review and more at:

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Wood writes good, serious stories - from DMZ through Northlanders and others, I've enjoyed his work. Seeing him pop up in Marvel territory, writing an X-Men book surprised me, and I was initially hesitant to test out his indie-crafted aesthetic in the Big Continuity. Until Battle of the Atom, I resisted the pull - but now that this X-Men book is one of the tie-ins, it's time to read up. Starts out with a nice tense chase and rescue, then builds with a world-killing premise - some ancient forces h Wood writes good, serious stories - from DMZ through Northlanders and others, I've enjoyed his work. Seeing him pop up in Marvel territory, writing an X-Men book surprised me, and I was initially hesitant to test out his indie-crafted aesthetic in the Big Continuity. Until Battle of the Atom, I resisted the pull - but now that this X-Men book is one of the tie-ins, it's time to read up. Starts out with a nice tense chase and rescue, then builds with a world-killing premise - some ancient forces have battled in the past, and now the loser rises to seek revenge. The parallel threads of this story play out masterfully, and I'm thrilled to see a good balance of show don't tell and carefully chosen words on these pages. After letting the "all-girls book" hype die down, it took me a while to even notice this was so XX-laden - the characters just seem like they're naturally working together, no specific reasons given or needed. They just deal with shit and operate like they belong. Which they do. It's pretty awesome to see post-feminism done right. What's even better about this is Wood doesn't waste time explaining every little step of the plot - his characters seem to say just exactly enough to communicate effectively with each other, no excess exposition on the page "for the reader" to have to wade through. It's a tough balance - I know the X-verse pretty well so I don't find any of the missing details jarring, and I'd be frustrated by the connective tissue - but I wonder if this book reads harder for newbies. Well, can't say I'm complaining so onwards. Rogue here especially reminds me of KSDC's Captain Marvel - ass-kickingly no nonsense, take charge head first. Love any character with lack of hesitation, female or male. Love them more when we get beyond pretty stereotypes. And Jesus, for once we find Psylocke dressed in something other than a Miss America costume? THANK YOU. I cannot imagine what it must be like to try to fight supervillains in a friggin onesie. If I was running around in a banana hammock I'd be worried about the jewels getting stomped or dinged, and I think I'd be covered in Spidey-brand band-aids from all the incidental scrapes and nicks I'd have to deal with. The action/tension does end a little abruptly and off-camera, which is odd - normally when movies do that it's because they ran out of budget. I once heard someone say that comics can be told with an unlimited budget, so why didn't we get to see the climactic battle play out? Artistic choice is the only explanation, but not necessarily a satisfying one. I can only hope that Wood will tease us with the actual events in coming issues, like some moment of regret and horror that no one could quite believe and which the team are all still coping with. (Compared to Fantomex doing that cold-blooded murder in Remender's X-Force though - he had no trouble showing us the act and lording it over our heads afterwards too.) The art team does a clean job and I like most of the character renders (though Rogue's face looks a little sunken-pumpkin-after-Halloween to me). This is a pretty book as well as an enjoyable read. Definitely glad I dove in before Battle of the Atom.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    I have to say that I was interested when I heard this was going to be an all female team. I was raised in a house of women, and have lived with them for most of my life. I'm sure this has played a part in my attraction to books with strong female leads. I've always thought that this was a place where the X-Men universe has exceled over other parts of the Marvel universe. There are a great deal of powerhouse women on in the X-Men roaster. Seeing them all on a team together does seem like a shtick I have to say that I was interested when I heard this was going to be an all female team. I was raised in a house of women, and have lived with them for most of my life. I'm sure this has played a part in my attraction to books with strong female leads. I've always thought that this was a place where the X-Men universe has exceled over other parts of the Marvel universe. There are a great deal of powerhouse women on in the X-Men roaster. Seeing them all on a team together does seem like a shtick to get readers, but I really don't mind. However, I have to say this book was fairly boring and uninteresting. It just sort of happens. It's a really basic plot idea where a bad guy shows up to destroy the world (or just take it over? It's kind of unclear) and the team is formed to stop it. I guess they needed a reason to put the team together? It would be nice to see a team thrown together for reason's beyond circumstance. When the shit hits the fan there just happens to be only female X-Men standing there, so why not be a team? The book has only four issues of the regular series, then an old issue of X-men containing Jubilee's first appearance. I've mentioned several times that the length of these new marvel books is pissing me off, so I don't want to go into that again, but I should mention it since that's one of the reasons I gave it a poorer star rating. I thought the fourth issue was the best one. A simple story of Wolverine and Jubilee talking and hanging out. The team comes across a plane having engine trouble and helps out. It was a great character driven issue. It was cool that they threw in the first appearance of Jubilee. That is an issue I've never read before. Although it was interesting to read comics made today, then read a comic from over twenty years ago. My how things have changed. If I read another collection of this it will honestly be because I'm reading nearly all of the Marvel Now X-Men stuff at the moment, not because I liked the first volume enough to keep reading the series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    Decent volume, but honestly nothing special. I'm not exactly blown away but this grouping of all female X-Men (sounds weird huh?. The story was just typical. Not terrible, but it read like any other generic X-Men story. Art's not bad, but not really good either. An alien intelligence takes over the X-Men's technology and they have to stop it from taking over the world. Overall not terrible, but nothing I'd really recommend either. As I said before, just seemed really generic to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    2'5*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I have extremely fond memories of the X-men from my teenage years and it's still one of my favorite franchises to pick-up. I've always loved the social justice themes and how diverse the characters are. So, when I heard that there would be a run focusing on some of my favorite X-Ladies I got pretty freakin' excited. Unfortunately, X-Men, Vol. 1: Primer did not live up to my expectations. Jubilee is heading home with a baby she adopted when she notices she's being followed. Freaked out, she calls I have extremely fond memories of the X-men from my teenage years and it's still one of my favorite franchises to pick-up. I've always loved the social justice themes and how diverse the characters are. So, when I heard that there would be a run focusing on some of my favorite X-Ladies I got pretty freakin' excited. Unfortunately, X-Men, Vol. 1: Primer did not live up to my expectations. Jubilee is heading home with a baby she adopted when she notices she's being followed. Freaked out, she calls the all female X-team on a payphone and they fly in to the rescue. Turns out the person who was following Jubilee is John Sublime. Johns is attempting to track down his sister before she spews death and terror all over the place and enlists the X-Team's assistance. I hate to say it, but this collection felt like it was pandering to what it thought a female audience would want to read and it did this at the expense of having an engaging plot and character development. This caused some serious imbalances in the way characters are portrayed and how the world appeared. One example is how Primer seems to err on the side of "No Boys Allowed" in order to focus on its female characters. In a world that is as diverse as X-men it does not make sense to have a team made up of only one gender. Like most things, it should be about balance. You can have men on the active team without having to automatically focus on them. Also, I found it disappointing that a run concentrating on female X-Men is also choosing to latch onto a baby storyline. Dominating the collection are scenes of Jubilee with her new baby which thread the story with forced sentimentality and rather melodramatic angst. The scenes of Jubilee enjoying a day out on the town with junior as she strolls down memory lane, with a very G rated Wolverine at her side, were never ending. They came after the climax of the main plot and I'm still baffled at why they even exist. I got the idea that it's supposed to show how Jubilee is maturing by taking on the responsibility of having a baby. I'm hoping that this plot gets dropped. There are a million other less cliched and more interesting ways this can be accomplished for her character. Honestly, I'm hoping that they return to the "baby is evil" idea that seemed to pop-up briefly in the beginning. I would definitely pick-up the second volume if the baby turns out to be evil incarnate. All in all, I thought that X-Men: Primer had issues but it also has some potential. The series has some really great artwork by Oliver Coipel and lot of characters with interesting backgrounds to support it. But I would love to see Wood add some real conflict into the group and give them a morally complex issue to deal with. Towards the end of the collection it seemed like Wood was trying to insert some of this by having Rachel and Storm at odds. Their conflict came a little out of left field but I think it was an interesting idea. For now though, I don't think I'll be picking-up X-Men, Vol. 2: Muertas.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    An underwhelming, confusing start to a series I'm now unexcited to continue reading. This (insultingly short) volume contains pretty much nothing to grab you or pique your interest in further stories. The setup to the story contained in this volume is practically nonexistent, and seems to suppose I already know everything there is to know about John Sublime, a character I barely remember from Grant Morrison's New X-Men run like 15 years ago. There's no introduction to him or any of the character An underwhelming, confusing start to a series I'm now unexcited to continue reading. This (insultingly short) volume contains pretty much nothing to grab you or pique your interest in further stories. The setup to the story contained in this volume is practically nonexistent, and seems to suppose I already know everything there is to know about John Sublime, a character I barely remember from Grant Morrison's New X-Men run like 15 years ago. There's no introduction to him or any of the characters in this book. I guess Brian Wood and/or Marvel just assume we already love all these people (such as Jubilee, everyone's least favorite X-Man) and thus just kind of throw us into the mix with them. It's very weird for a first volume, and left me constantly wondering what everyone's motives were in regards to this new, seemingly pointless book. In place of character development or team dynamics, Wood also employs the age old "Let's make two of them hate each other" trick, this time with Storm and Rachel Grey, two people that, as far as I can tell, have zero reason to hate each other. And yet, they spend a large portion of this book squabbling over nothing. It's hacky and boring and did a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of making me dislike this series. Also, we get a new villain, Arkea, whose powers, background and abilities are all incredibly vague, and thus offer no stakes whatsoever in the battles that ensue with her. Also, as far as I can tell, she's just kind of Ultron, and yet the X-Men keep saying "We've never seen anything like this!" Really? Y'all fight a new crazy robot like every 10 minutes, and yet you've "never seen anything like this?" Please. The only redeeming thing about this book is Olivier Coipel's always-solid artwork, but that even goes away by the 4th issue of the series, leaving me wondering why this book was even greenlit in the first place. Just feels like a cash grab or something, honestly.

  16. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    It's not common for writers to employ well-established superhero characters in original ways. Most just take the list and apply powers in their traditional way. Here, though, the unique use of superpowers stands out as much as the beautiful artwork. It's fresh and dynamic, just like the conflict brewing between the X-Men. I find it more enjoyable to see them at odds with each other. They seem to shine more. After being cast aside by her brother Sublime aeons ago, Arkea Prime has returned. She wan It's not common for writers to employ well-established superhero characters in original ways. Most just take the list and apply powers in their traditional way. Here, though, the unique use of superpowers stands out as much as the beautiful artwork. It's fresh and dynamic, just like the conflict brewing between the X-Men. I find it more enjoyable to see them at odds with each other. They seem to shine more. After being cast aside by her brother Sublime aeons ago, Arkea Prime has returned. She wants revenge and has taken over the body of Karima the Omega Sentinel. She uses her ability to control technology and reprogram the Danger Room. Rogue helps Beast to take Arkea down, but are too late. She downloads their database and flees. Her brother describes Arkea as a major threat not just to the X-Men who face her first, but to the whole world. (view spoiler)[Jubilee found a baby whose role is unclear so, but Sublime thinks it's important, especially since it was used by Arkea as a vessel to get to the X-Men. Storm leads a team of X-Men whose task is to stop Arkea from world domination. During the fight with the X-Men, Psylocke gets the opportunity to use her psychic sword to erase Arkea's mind and Storm orders her to do so. It's a risky maneuver that could also kill Karima, so Rachel telekinetically stops Psylocke until Karima surprises everyone when she wins her internal struggle with Arkea and regains control over her body. The disagreement between Storm and Rachel threatens to disband this new all-girl team. Saving a plane from crashing brings them closer together. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    I love these characters, I love their current design, I love this story concept. This is the X-book that has most interested me in recent years. And with all that said, in perfect honesty, I feel the execution was a little rough. I can see they've put all the pieces in the right places... an intriguing opening with a fable-ish flavor, a strange new foe, a visitor from the past, a skilled but disparate team learning to work together. And yet, something was missing. The visuals were stunning, but I love these characters, I love their current design, I love this story concept. This is the X-book that has most interested me in recent years. And with all that said, in perfect honesty, I feel the execution was a little rough. I can see they've put all the pieces in the right places... an intriguing opening with a fable-ish flavor, a strange new foe, a visitor from the past, a skilled but disparate team learning to work together. And yet, something was missing. The visuals were stunning, but many of the moments that should have felt like Moments felt kind of glossed-over, especially what was probably the dramatic climax of this arc. It's still quite a solid opening and I'm looking forward to where it's going, but the first three issues just felt kind of rushed. The last issue was actually a pleasant little surprise - it's Uncanny 244, Jubilee's first appearance, with the X-men in their Australian phase - I remember reading this one when it first came out. It forms an interesting counterpoint in a lot of ways. It's classic Claremont - so, dripping with expository dialogue - but also with heart. In almost every scene, there is a moral issue at hand - about how to live your life with other people who may or may not like you, about whether to take a risk, about how to make sacrifices for others. When the fight breaks out, it's not really about who is going to do more awesome things with their powers. In practically every panel, one of the X-men is doing something heroic - saving an innocent bystander, risking severe injury to help a teammate. But that's a critique I could extend beyond the X-men to comics as a whole. Today's superheroes are very rarely depicted being heroes, and it's a quality that I miss. For all that, though, this arc has potential. I hope they take time to build these characters out and do them justice. Now get the hell off my lawn.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Viridian5

    For the most part I liked this collection and found it interesting, though some things nag at me a bit. First is that the first arc in a series where the main characters are all women has one of them going crazy for a baby, something I also think is out of character for her. What, them being female means that's inevitable? I'm hoping there's a real reason why she latched onto the child aside from "Well, she's a girl." Second is that I used to really love these characters, but a lot of them aren' For the most part I liked this collection and found it interesting, though some things nag at me a bit. First is that the first arc in a series where the main characters are all women has one of them going crazy for a baby, something I also think is out of character for her. What, them being female means that's inevitable? I'm hoping there's a real reason why she latched onto the child aside from "Well, she's a girl." Second is that I used to really love these characters, but a lot of them aren't who they used to be, especially Rachel, who used to have a consistent personality but these days seem to become whatever the current writer wants to make her. That section where she has a very hostile argument with Storm just confused me. Storm has been the leader of the X-Men for decades, so why is Rachel surprised she'd take command? The team, Rachel included, have had to make calls before where they might have to kill someone to save the world. Rachel herself has been bloodthirsty at times in the past. All this makes it seem like Rachel is having a tantrum directed at Storm. I'm definitely glad someone finally took Psylocke out of the swimsuit she's been wearing as a costume since the '90s. This also includes the Uncanny X-Men issue that Jubilee made her first appearance in since the arc keeps referencing it over and over (and over). It's certainly not the best story from that era and the art looks so sloppy. (And what skin color is Dazzler supposed to be in this issue, since it's not a human one?) Claremont's word jazz hasn't aged well. But I miss the characters being a team like this. In the current era a lot of teams in comics seem to be made up of characters who hate each other.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    I was excited for this book since the title was first announced three years ago. An all-woman X-Men team, and written by Brian Wood (whom I had mostly come to like via his DMZ comic)? Yes please! After waiting months for it to arrive thanks to Inter Library Loan, I picked it up today, pedaled home excitedly, and it turned out to only be four issues, and nothing particularly interesting or novel at that. Four measly issues for a trade paperback?! Seriously, Marvel?!!? They padded the end by reprin I was excited for this book since the title was first announced three years ago. An all-woman X-Men team, and written by Brian Wood (whom I had mostly come to like via his DMZ comic)? Yes please! After waiting months for it to arrive thanks to Inter Library Loan, I picked it up today, pedaled home excitedly, and it turned out to only be four issues, and nothing particularly interesting or novel at that. Four measly issues for a trade paperback?! Seriously, Marvel?!!? They padded the end by reprinting Jubilee's first appearance, which has not aged well, even for someone with plenty of nostalgia for the late '80s/early '90s. I won't be trying very hard to track down subsequent volumes of this title, and I'm pretty sure it fizzled out due to low sales anyway. Bleh.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael (Mai)

    Outside of the first X-men movie that I watched when it came out and therefore remember nothing of it, this is my first real brush with the X-men. I loved it. I loved seeing so many female characters dominate a mainstream comic. I didn't really know who these characters were so I was a times confused but over all enjoyed learning about them all. I especially liked the art. How badass is it to have a super tuff girl with a mohawk who is still very feminine. Loved it. Loved the story. I can't wait Outside of the first X-men movie that I watched when it came out and therefore remember nothing of it, this is my first real brush with the X-men. I loved it. I loved seeing so many female characters dominate a mainstream comic. I didn't really know who these characters were so I was a times confused but over all enjoyed learning about them all. I especially liked the art. How badass is it to have a super tuff girl with a mohawk who is still very feminine. Loved it. Loved the story. I can't wait for more issues to come out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    A little disappointing. I was expecting more from Wood and Coipel. I like the idea of an all female X-men team (and Kitty Pryde is one it, and she's one of my favourite X-men characters), but the story didn't grab me that much. The issue I enjoyed the most is actually the one drawn by David Lopez, because it's a simple story of the team saving a crashing aeroplane cut between Wolverine and Jubilee chilling out.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Livingston

    I give this more like a 3 1/2 stars not 4. This is a stand alone graphic novel. You don't need to know much if anything to enjoy this. I generally liked the main story and the artwork was phenomenal. Though I didn't like Storm's outfit and I prefer her with long hair and not the Mohawk, she has never looked better. Maybe as good but not better. Kudos to the artist. The story at the end that is mentioned in the main story was fine. The artwork wasn't bad but in comparison to the artwork of the mai I give this more like a 3 1/2 stars not 4. This is a stand alone graphic novel. You don't need to know much if anything to enjoy this. I generally liked the main story and the artwork was phenomenal. Though I didn't like Storm's outfit and I prefer her with long hair and not the Mohawk, she has never looked better. Maybe as good but not better. Kudos to the artist. The story at the end that is mentioned in the main story was fine. The artwork wasn't bad but in comparison to the artwork of the main story... I recommend this graphic novel to fans and those with a casual interest in graphic novels or X-Men, anyone intrigued by the artwork, anyone wanting something interesting and creative. I'm not sure I'd buy it (read a library copy) but I'm glad I read it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    I wouldn't say it was great, but also not terrible. Serviceable? Wood is pretty good with dialogue, there's a nice pace to the book and the threat feels palpable. But I guess there's no real hook, for me -- the coolest part was probably all of Psylocke's different energy ninja-weapons, which I hadn't seen before. Psychic knife, that's classic -- but psychic long bow, psychic crossbow, psychic longsword, psychic grappling hook? At a certain point it all gets sort of overly convenient, but shut up I wouldn't say it was great, but also not terrible. Serviceable? Wood is pretty good with dialogue, there's a nice pace to the book and the threat feels palpable. But I guess there's no real hook, for me -- the coolest part was probably all of Psylocke's different energy ninja-weapons, which I hadn't seen before. Psychic knife, that's classic -- but psychic long bow, psychic crossbow, psychic longsword, psychic grappling hook? At a certain point it all gets sort of overly convenient, but shut up this is X-Men, what did you come here for? Also kudos for this being the first book in which Rachel Summers seemed like not the most lame duck character ever in X-Men. ALSO serious kudos for giving Storm cat's eyes. Even more than the mohawk, that is some old-school callouts, man. There's also a lot of crap with Sublime, Jubilee, and infighting mutants at the Jean Grey school which made me feel like I was missing a bunch of plotlines, even though I am a huge X-nerd so I was pretty sure I wasn't. After reading the book I asked the internet, and I was right -- I wasn't missing anything. Wood just has a huge hard-on for in medias res, I guess. Or something. Did I mention I generally think Brian Wood is a shitty writer? And a shitty person. Both of those. And it's hilarious that one of the most notorious misogynists in mainstream comics wrote the all-girl X-book. I mean, all that makes me nauseous. Just to be clear. But I mean, it's not a horrible book. Not a great one, maybe not even a good one. But not godawful. Like, it's not a crime it exists.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Neil McCrea

    I'm actually a little surprised that there has never been an all woman line-up in the X-Men previously. They've long had a deep bench of strong women characters and they change the roster so often it seems like it should have happened ages ago. As with most superhero roster changes this one comes about simply by virtue of who is available at the time. Laudably there is no real drama involved with the roster shake-up, everyone is a professional and knows what needs to be done. Later in the book, I'm actually a little surprised that there has never been an all woman line-up in the X-Men previously. They've long had a deep bench of strong women characters and they change the roster so often it seems like it should have happened ages ago. As with most superhero roster changes this one comes about simply by virtue of who is available at the time. Laudably there is no real drama involved with the roster shake-up, everyone is a professional and knows what needs to be done. Later in the book, there is a leadership dispute that comes across as a little foolish. Given their history I would assume that the X-Men had an established chain of command, and even if they didn't Storm's long tenure as a team leader in the past makes her the obvious choice here. Wood has an excellent sense of character and a good ear for dialogue. The plot is nothing of particular note, but it provides for plenty of whiz-bang boom. The subplot concerning the baby is concerning. It's interesting to see Jubilee taking on a motherly role, but . . . um . . . shouldn't they be doing a bit more to find this kid's family? Additional thoughts: I appreciate the (mostly off screen) Israeli superhero Sabra having an important role in advocating on the X-Men's behalf on international issues. The first appearance of Jubilee is included as a bonus in this volume. I remember hating this issue as a kid when it first came out, but I find the warm glow of nostalgia improving my opinion of it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arturo

    Not really a new team, but focusing on the x-woman from Wolverines school, this book starts off with Jubilee heading to the school with a baby in tow. Someone's after her and she's a bit tired in her new life as parent. This part I can relate as a new parent of a 2yr old and 1yr old twin girls, all the lil things she has to go through I find funny. She even needs time displaced Iceman to babysit, just she can some shut eye, during the crossover coming up. The book is kind of a fun read, not as m Not really a new team, but focusing on the x-woman from Wolverines school, this book starts off with Jubilee heading to the school with a baby in tow. Someone's after her and she's a bit tired in her new life as parent. This part I can relate as a new parent of a 2yr old and 1yr old twin girls, all the lil things she has to go through I find funny. She even needs time displaced Iceman to babysit, just she can some shut eye, during the crossover coming up. The book is kind of a fun read, not as much as wolverine and the x-men, but it has its moments. It's great on the dialogue, but the plot is.. Not... Well, it Sucks. Sublime pops up again and I'm still not sure when was the 1st time, I think it was Morrison's New X-Men Annual and that's the one issue I don't have. The trouble comes from his sister who infects Omega Sentinel who was in storage or something. Last time she was possessed by Malice and before that Claremont was writing her, so she hasn't had a good life. For the 1st time Im not finding Jubilee annoying but pretty interesting. Oh and Bling: wish I knew when she first popped up, she was always a background character in New/Young X-Men, I believe, she's actually one of the few surviving ones. She's like Guy Gardner in the JLI days, her attitude sucks but it always ends up being funny. Overall 2.5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amélie

    First off : having a series with just the ladies is AWESOME. Because yes, in 2014, most medias content themselves with a third of their cast (at the most !!) being female, so works like this one are refreshing (it'd be even better if we had ladies writing and illustrating it, but it's a start). Kudos for still keeping the name "X-Men" (establishing once and for all that "men" here is to be read as gender-neutral + not differentiating it from the usual series) and not making references to the gend First off : having a series with just the ladies is AWESOME. Because yes, in 2014, most medias content themselves with a third of their cast (at the most !!) being female, so works like this one are refreshing (it'd be even better if we had ladies writing and illustrating it, but it's a start). Kudos for still keeping the name "X-Men" (establishing once and for all that "men" here is to be read as gender-neutral + not differentiating it from the usual series) and not making references to the gender of the protagonists (so far). On top of all that, the cast is composed of some of my favourite characters ever ! From Rogue, first X-Man I got to like thanks to the movies (I know, I know), to Kitty, first X-Man I got to like thanks to the comics (in Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men run), with Psylocke, who earned my love in Uncanny X-Force, Storm and Rachel, whom I grew to like by reading older stories, and finally Jubilee, who I didn't know at all until now and I already love, LOVE her. Oh, and special appearance by my beloved (view spoiler)[Karima <3 (hide spoiler)] . So, great cast. As for the story, it's flawless as well, with actions and emotions galore. I can't wait to get the next volume !!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Do not buy this book. If you are a fan of Oliver Coipel, then you might be tempted to give it a whirl, but really, save yourself the disappointment! This book is so very frustrating. The cover-art leads you to believe things are going to be badass, but instead, you have a bunch of beloved characters saying each other's names over and over again. "Kitty!" "Rogue." "Storm." "Kitty." "Rachel!" "Kitty." "Sublime." "Arkea." "Kitty." "Hank!" "Karima?" "Kitty." etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc. Seriously...it rea Do not buy this book. If you are a fan of Oliver Coipel, then you might be tempted to give it a whirl, but really, save yourself the disappointment! This book is so very frustrating. The cover-art leads you to believe things are going to be badass, but instead, you have a bunch of beloved characters saying each other's names over and over again. "Kitty!" "Rogue." "Storm." "Kitty." "Rachel!" "Kitty." "Sublime." "Arkea." "Kitty." "Hank!" "Karima?" "Kitty." etc,etc,etc,etc,etc,etc. Seriously...it really seems that 99% of Brian Wood's dialog is just people saying names...so very distracting. But honestly, this book only confirms and strengthens the conspiracy theory that Marvel wants X-Men to bomb and they hired writers s̶h̶a̶m̶e̶l̶e̶s̶s̶ established enough to do such a thing. Concerning how crappy this book read, Wood probably wrote these 4 pitiful issues while he was sitting on the toilet. Seriously...Do not buy this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    3.5/3.75 out of 5. I was expecting a bolder beginning given the hype of it being a mostly/fully female group and that Jubilee's now a caretaker, but it was just more of Wood's subtle and nuanced writing of this series prior to the Marvel NOW! initiative. I should reread this to get a better feel for I now that I know what's in store.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ari Eris

    Not a bad start for this lady-team series. As always, Brian Wood is an excellent writer of superhero comics. He knows how to balance the personal lives of the characters with the imperative for an action-packed, plot-plot driven story. Nice work on the pencils and colors, too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Well now I finally know about Jubilee's baby! LOL. I have seen it around in a few other new titles but this actually says where it originates from so yay. I was getting a little testy eyed during a lot of this - mostly with Jubilee and her nervousness about being a mom.

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