X-Men #17 Review

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Brett Booth, Adelso Corona, Sunny Gho, VC’s Clayton Cowles, Tom Muller, and Leinil Francis Yu

Publisher: MARVEL COMICS

Price: $3.99

Release Date: January 27th, 2021

As we wait for the new X-MEN team to take shape, our team of Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey head off to space on a mini-adventure to “storm” an empire. What you’ll witness this month is Jonathan Hickman showing readers that he’s got the reins nice and tight and isn’t losing control anytime soon! As the Head of X, he’s not forgotten about storylines and details from issues long ago that many average writers would leave beyond. Let’s jump into X-MEN #17 by Jonathan Hickman and see where this next mission will take our new starting lineup.

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Do you remember his NEW MUTANTS run early on in the DAWN OF X? Well, some plot threads are reexamined relating those two comics that many thought were ignored. Plus, Hickman utilizes characters in his interwoven X-MEN universe correctly. For example, Storm is along for the ride because she’s more than likely exited the MARAUDERS. She’s not double-dipping. Hickman’s not merely using her for pomp, circumstance, and fan favoritism. Readers, I think we are looking at our core three players of the future X-MEN and they are decisive and strong. Storm’s physical prowess is on display in this issue while Jean’s telepathic abilities are not to be messed with.

Speaking of this new team, Marvel is up to something pretty uncanny. At the very end of the issue, it appears as though fans will have an opportunity to “elect” the last member of the new official X-MEN team! Moreover, it appears as though this will be an annual election, which made this reviewer jazzed beyond belief. Therefore, Hickman has built into the comic an element of ever-changing variety, which is an outstanding way to unite the creative team with its fan base while providing them with a voice. Starting January 27th through February 2nd, 2021, visit marvel.com/xmenvote to cast your vote! And while you’re at it, is love to hear who you voted for and why.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As for X-MEN #17 itself, this one-shot contained elements and tones that resembled a more throwback feel. Maybe it was Brett Booth’s illustrations that have always paralleled the late 90s’ early 2000s vibe? Maybe it was the uniforms and the key players? Or, maybe it’s the X-MEN in space concept that excited this reviewer and gave him flashbacks to the days of yore? Either way, this week’s X-MEN was fun, fast, explosive, interconnected, and well worth the read. It’s a quick adventure that I’m sure will spiral back around again in the future knowing Hickman. If you’re curious or interested in the X-MEN, this is a super easy issue to pick up and read without needing an info dump to juggle the motives and outcome. Give it a look and let me know what you think. Have a great week and God bless!

8.9/10

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6 thoughts on “X-Men #17 Review

  1. This has been the most fun X-Men issue in the whole series, and I’d say everyone is used pretty well in this comic. I loved that we got the X-Men on a cool adventure in space with the Shi’ar that still connects everything together.

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    1. I didn’t realize how much I missed this! A small quick fun story that’s not to heavy. It was classic in a way. I’m telling ya man, you seem to know your stuff with marvel comics. If you’re ever interested in reviewing yourself, let me know!!!

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