Sunday, May 13, 2018

Reader's Diary #1822- Ed Piskor: X-Men Grand Design 1

I'm a huge fan of Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree series and I also loved the idea behind X-Men Grand Design: to summarize 50+ years of X-Men comics into a coherent story. I still consider myself a student of comics, especially Marvel, and the X-Men franchise has been difficult at times for me to wrap my head around.

I'm not entirely sure yet though that I'm on board with the results. This 1st collector's edition sees only the first 2 of a planned 6 volume set and so my final verdict may have to come after it's all said and done. I see a lot of seeds being planted (especially for the popular Dark Phoenix and Apocalypse story lines), but whether or not it'll all come together, I'm not so sure anymore. Plus, X-Men history tends to get even more confusing once they started to add time travel and that hasn't entered into the equation yet.

I am following along for the most part, but at times it does feel disjointed; to the point where I went back more than once to see if I'd accidentally skipped a page.

That all said, I'm enjoying seeing the X-Men in their early days. I had no idea that Beast, for example wasn't always blue and wasn't always a genius. Nor did I know that Juggernaut was supposed to be Professor X's brother. So, clearly, my academic interest is at least being met.

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