“Once upon a time, there was a mutant named Kurt Wagner. Nightcrawler. He was an uncanny X-Man. A swashbuckling hero. A man of God.” Thus begins “Amazing X-Men” issue #1 by Jason Aaron (of Thanos Rising), and artist Ed McGuinness (Superman, Deadpool and Superman/Batman).
Another X-Men title?? Why? While it is one of the most utilized universes within the greater overall Marvel universe, the X-Men have an infinite amount of great stories to tell. Stories worth your $3.99. And this is one of them.
From the cover of the book you can make out that Azazel is involved, he is obviously a pirate, and an elite team of X-Men is involved. (The X-Men team pictured consists of Warbird, Angel, Iceman, Storm, Rachel Grey, Northstar, Wolverine, and Firestar.) From page one Jason Aaron takes us on an amusing ride, first through paradise where Kurt runs into some pirate problems, and then through the school. Firestar arrives for her first day of teaching, and manages, through no effort of her own (for sure, she tries really hard) she never ends up in a classroom.
This is the norm at the The Jean Grey School For Higher Learning, and, after a foray into the pest-ridden walls of the school with Dr. McCoy she co-discovers a significant find. It's significant for two reasons – A. The “pests” Beast is trying to exterminate are little teleporter demons (that bear more than a slight resemblance to a certain blue elf) called Bamfs, and B.) they are a lot more intelligent, and capable than previously thought. They've been very busy within the walls of the school.
The art, typical of McGuinness, is clean, and efficient, hearkening back to the fun visual storytelling talents of Jack Kirby. I know, I know. I've compared McGuinness to THE legend, THE pioneer, THE man, but it's there, and it's fun. Aaron, as always, leaves us satisfied and wanting more. When I covered “Thanos Rising” I received feedback that was either black or white. “It sucked.” or “It was brilliant.” Personally, Aaron has never disappointed. That means I go into an Aaron comic expecting great things. That sets me up for easy disappointment.
Aaron doesn't disappoint. He ties the immensely complicated range of characters, scenes, incidences, and key points by utilizing one character. And he does it with a light heart, and with great humor. It's worth the read, and it's worth your investment.