BD Pick Of The Week: 'X-Men' Issue #1 - Bloody Disgusting!

BD Pick Of The Week: ‘X-Men’ Issue #1

Alright X-Men fans, the wait is finally over, and what is quite possibly the most exciting and long awaited arc in in recent X-Men history is finally ready to drop tomorrow. For those of you who have been keeping up with Graphic Content you have undoubtedly at least HEARD of the event that has every fan of the Marvel Uni talking, and if you make the jump you can get your hands (figuratively speaking of course) on the 5 page preview as well as the ever informative* Why You Should Care.

*Sarcasm may or may not have been used in the making of this post.

WRITTEN BY: Victor Gischler
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco
COVERS BY: Adi Granov, John Romita Jr., Olivier Coipel, Paco Medina, and Marko Djurdjevic



When a suicide bomber strikes in downtown San Francisco, it gets the immediate attention of the X-Men. But this is not your garden variety terrorist – and he’s not acting alone. Vampires from around the globe are descending en masse on the City by the Bay, staking a brutal claim for the patch of land the X-Men call their home. What is their agenda? Who is their mysterious leader? The X-Men are about to find out, as they brace themselves for a war of the species that will wrack the Marvel Universe.”


Oh vampires, how I love your dreamy eyes, your sexy messy hair, your affinity for skinny jeans, and the way you sparkle oh so beautifully when you go out in the sunlight without your shirt on…Oh, hey, sorry about that guys. I was having a moment. Ahem…well then, where were we? Ah yes, the first issue of “X-MEN” issue #1 tomorrow.

Let’s be serious: vampires are just getting wimpier and wimpier. There’s no way around the fact that “TWILIGHT” has both rejuvinated and destroyed the iconic movie monster that so many have worked so hard to build into something legendary. That’s why when many heard that Marvel Comics would be releasing a literal plethora of titles pertaining to the blood-suckers there was a bit of an outcry, more than a few moans, and plenty of eye rolling. No, this is Kristen Stewart’s acting we are talking about here, it is the Victor Gischler (“THE PUNISHER: FRANK CASTLE”, “WOLVERINE”, “DEADPOOL”) penned “X-MEN” run.

However, for those of you who can remember the character of “DRACULA” back in the day with the publisher, he was actually a very entertaining character with a lot of balls and absolutely no sparkling. (He may or may not have had interest in an annoying brunette high-schooler at some point)

The scribe also penned the “DEATH OF DRACULA” story that was released this past week and has already sold out nationwide causing the publisher to start scurrying to get reprints to stores. The “DEATH OF DRACULA” story is actually a bit of a misleading title as it is not “the end” of the character but more of an “origin” or “beginning” story for the story that you will be reading within the pages of “X-MEN” #1. This isn’t to say that you have to have read the “DEATH OF DRACULA” in order to grasp what is going on within the pages of this title, but it most certainly does help.

So you can definitely anticipate Marvel’s “DRACULA” to be a lot cooler than the 108 Year Old Virgin vampire, with the brooding constipated look on his face, and the out of control eye-brows that populates the top of the box office right now. The other thing that really pulls us into this story is the fact that it has promised us plenty of vampire versions of some of our favorite mutants. Gambit, Emma Frost, Wolverine, ect…No one is safe from the impending vampire epidemic that will be sweeping through the Marvel Verse faster than that cancer cure Will Smith was stuck with.

Truth be told right now, even on the eve of the release of the first issue in the series, we don’t know a whole lot about what the hell is really going on with this. Marvel has been very tight lipped about the entire fiasco, and for that I applaud them. In fact, just like a film such as “SPLICE”, sometimes less is more. Just look at “CLOVERFIELD”, a film that did so well BECAUSE it kept fans in the dark. The same can pertain to a comic book or any other form of entertainment. Half the fun is in the mystery.

So for those of you who might have been worrying that Marvel was selling themselves up the river for the latest fad…you might be half right in your assumptions. But no one can deny the sheer brilliancy of the set up for this new series, nor can you complain about a little “BLADE” VS. bloodsucking mutants either. (A little birdie has told us he will make a cameo.) All in all, for a slow holiday delayed shipment of books this week you can do a lot worse than checking out Gishler’s new “X-MEN” title. I promise you it won’t leave you feeling dead inside like you did after your girl dragged you to see “ECLIPSE”.

“X-MEN” Issue #1 Drops This Coming Thursday From Marvel Comics! (MSRP-$3.99)