By Marc Guggenheim (writer), Yanick Paquette (art), Ray Snyder (colors), Rob Schwager (colors)

Young X-Men is such a gimmicky title. Yet, I fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Of course, having a Terry Dodson cover and Marc Guggenheim aboard as writer helped a lot. But in all seriousness, this book should be called The New Mutants, because that’s what it truly is in essence.

There’s not much I have to say about this book, other than it’s modeled very much after Giant-Size X-Men #1. Instead of Professor X traveling around the world, recruiting people for his team, we have Cyclops doing it. The problem is, we’ve seen these mutants before in New X-Men, so nothing really comes across as a surprise. I suppose this book is more for new readers than anyone. I can appreciate what Guggenheim is trying to do – he tells a solid, self-contained story – but for people already familiar with the mutant line of books, this issue’s a throw away (save the last page).

Yanick Paquette’s pencil work is solid. His art won’t blow you away, but he has a firm grasp on how to tell a story. And that really sums up this entire debut issue: it’s strictly average and by the numbers. Completists will no doubt buy it without any hesitation. But for the rest of us, $2.99 might be a bit steep for just a book filled with mediocre characters and an average story. I’ll give this book two more issues to impress me before I write it off. If the last page is any indication, that just might happen next issue. Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Guggenheim. Don’t let me down! (Grade: C)

– J. Montes

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