When you open the book you begin to hear it. Familiar electric chords. The opening notes to a familiar melody of Saturday morning. It is the sound of your childhood returning. I had not realized the full scope of the Secret Wars event until reading X-Men ‘92. Marvel has taken the old comic trope of multiple worlds and is working it in a new a masterful direction. Well done, Marvel, well done.
The story is set in a newly peaceful Westchester, a part of the Battleworld realm. Changes are happening in the town including a new home for the reformation of evil mutants called Clear Mountain. It is headed by Cassandra Nova and seems to be doing quite well. But all is not as it seems and the team soon find themselves in a sticky situation.
When dealing with people’s favorite characters, especially childhood favorites, one must tread lightly. Chris Sims and Chad Bowers have done just that with excellence. From the totally 90’s laser tag opening to the conspicuous trap the X-Men find themselves in at the end of the book – it all has the feel of good old Saturday morning cartoons.
That being said there is as sense of modernization. The nostalgia remains while the comic feels current. The team especially shines the dialogue, where the accents are perfect and the exchanges feel familiar and organic.
The script is accompanied by the wonderful art of Scott Koblish and Matt Milla working wonders together as artist and colorist, respectively. The style of the characters is spot on with all the 90’s flair you could wish for. It’s good to see Gambit in his vibrant chest piece and iconic jacket and any reader is sure to find their favorite X-Men garbed similarly.
The art is very dynamic without the suffering in quality that sometimes befalls artists with lots of motion in their books. Here the drawing stays tight and in control, with lots of nuance in facial expressions and character stance.
Even if all the nostalgia for the 90s X-Men cartoon was removed X-Men ’92 would still be a fun comic to read. The battles are exciting, the dialogue is delightfully of the age and the plot is intriguing. If you are interested in reading any of the Secret Wars, this is a great book to pick up. It makes sense as a standalone and if you’re a fan that isn’t as invested in Secret Wars or X-Men cartoon nostalgia, this could be the book that gets you into both.