Marvel Comics 2018
Written by Matt Rosenberg
Illustrated by Andy MacDonald
Coloured by Tamra Bonvillain
Lettered by VC’s Travis Lanham
A handful of people’s favorite X-Man – Jamie Madrox – was alive for a while. Then he was dead. Now he’s not. But he will be again if he doesn’t kill himself trying to make sure he doesn’t die. It makes sense when you read it. Trust us. In his fight to not die, Jamie has stumbled across a threat even greater than his own death, but fixing it might make it worse. Can he save the world from himself? On top of all that, the X-Men are mad at him now, and a mysterious new group of foes is after him, too. We can’t tell you who they are, but they’re pretty great.
First I love Jamie and over the years we’ve seen be silly stupid to deadly serious and the loop that it continues on. As a fan of the character and all his numerous transformations over the years I was going to be reading this off the bat. However really surprised me here and in one of the best ways you could possibly imagine. Not only is Illyana’s team the one who finds Jamie in the opening but any time that the New Mutants get to be shown I will be there.
There is one thing I don’t get and that’s in the past, X-Factor Investigations to be specific, Guido and Jamie were best friends so how is it that he’s asking Hank about what happened to him? Or is this a case of Guido died first, then Jamie and then Guido came and now Jamie. Also this is too much to handle mentally stop killing em off only to bring them back it diminishes the death and makes readers form betting pools on how long till they are resurrected.
One aspect about this that I really like is how this ends and you’ll have to read the issue to fully understand that but it will be worth it. This goes along with the fact that he is one of Jamie’s prime dupes who has a specialisation all his own and while that pales in comparison to Hanks knowledge of science and medicine this is the Jamie version. In an air tight sealed bunker where he was able to experiment on himself to prevent a catastrophe like the one that happened yeah okay. Just the fact that this dupe is the science aspect of Jamie is something to cheer about and that Matt is keeping that aspect alive and well here is to be appreciated.
I like the way that this is structured and how effortlessly if flows through the pages. I like the use of narration boxes to tell the story he doesn’t want to hear while he does something rash and foolish, it’s Jamie. Still being at the X-Mansion, which still doesn’t resonate in my mind that it isn’t in it’s usual place, is a nice setting so that the characters we see can be pulled in easily enough.
The interiors here are cute, a bit simple and lacking in real consistent attention to detail. Still they are very comic book oriented which is nice. I have to ask about why he looks about the age of Tom Holland? He’s comes off much too youthful and he’s a grown ass man and even depending on when he split he’d have aged at the same rate. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a nice eye storytelling. I’d like see backgrounds utilised more but I think these days that’s asking a lot.
This is a nice start, not overly great but solid. While for me it may contain holes and questions half the mutant books around I couldn’t even follow any longer with all the dead, resurrected and with the sheer amount who come and go seemingly at random. It’s five issues and I can give it that and hopefully the next one will be the serious take.