Friday, June 16, 2017
Quarter Bin 113 "Wildcats/X-Men"
Wildcats/X-Men: The Modern Age #1 (Image/Marvel)
from August 1997
I was really hoping this comic would help explain the Wildcats a little better. I mean, I get the premise, but I wanted more about the characters in the team, what helped make them stand out individually. James Robinson, I think, didn't have the same interest.
But Adam Hughes at least makes everything look really nice. Hughes was a superstar artist in his own right, maybe not what one thought of as the Image model, but the Marvel/DC equivalent in the '90s. His work here looks more traditional than his later covers, which really ramped up the Hughes appeal.
For what it's worth, the X-Men don't come off much better. Fans will say that's because the '90s weren't particularly kind to the X-Men, but it was a distinctive era. Just not one that's reflected in this comic. It seems to have wanted to present an iconic version of both teams, but in doing so glossed over what made either of them special. That's always the risk with team books, let alone team-up books, trying to squeeze too many characters into the story, so none of them really get a chance to shine. I mean, the Hellfire Club gets more of a shout-out than anyone...!
Well, it was worth a try.