X-Corp #1 Review

by Ryan.L on May 12, 2021

Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Alberto Foche
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Publisher: Marvel Comics
X-Corp transitions from an organization that protects mutant rights worldwide and sets its sights on the business world.
Wow, this was everything I expected and more. Getting to see the mutants in a different style of book than the usual action/adventure drama is so refreshing. It’s great that now after the huge impact the mutants have had on the world with their pharmaceuticals, we get to see into the business world of the mutants. This issue deals with a lot more of the day to day and launching of the company than action, but we still get a bit of action weaved in. While some may be turned off by the heavy amounts of business dealings, legal jargon etc. I find it refreshing. We already have several books that are very heavily devoted to action/adventure. It's great to have something completely new and different to read.
There are characters that I was wondering if we were going to get to see more of, Angel being one of them. He is an original and not seeing him have a larger role in the Krakoan era seemed odd to me. Now with X-Corp he is the perfect character to be front and center in this book. We have seen over the year’s glimpses of him running Worthington Industries, so he is a natural to run X-Corp. Over the last decade Angel has gone through some bumps with his characterization. Reading him here it felt like having a family member come home after a long time being gone. He felt like the Angel I grew up reading and loving. Angel even managed to have moments in this book where he could spread his wings, pun intended. He wasn’t just tied to a desk. It was the perfect mix of hero and corporate leader. I’m a big fan and excited for my monthly meeting with Angel at X-Corp.
One of my favorite series from when I was a kid was Generation-X. So any character from that book getting to shine really excites me. I had hoped that Penance might make it to the new X-Men team, but then X-Corp was announced and I couldn’t have been happier. She is perfect to play off of Angel. They are similar in aspects of having the “beast” inside that comes out when they get angry, but she is also his perfect mirror opposite. Where Angel is a lot more conservative and controlled, she is wild and daring. They will certainly come to a head at some point but I also think they will bounce off of the other really well, as we saw some of that in this issue.
Penance mentions a team of five and gives Xavier some ideas. Two of them are recruited in this book leaving us to wonder who else would take up the other board seats. Could they even get Quiet Council seats as well since there are now open spots there? It definitely gets you thinking.
The art in this book was fantastic. While a book with a lot of business talk and legal jargon could get boring, that isn’t the case in this book. It’s bright and fun and each panel is laid out in a really dynamic way. There were panels that really leapt off the page, like when Trinary first plugs-in. Also the X-Corp headquarters is stunning and I want to work there!
Overall this book delivers something truly unique and refreshing to the Reign of X line-up. This is nothing like any other book out right now and I am all for it. Business espionage, political intrigue and superhero antics all wrapped up in what is X-Corp. This is one you definitely don’t want to miss.

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