Over the last year, I have become a fan of New X-Men. Despite not being one of the flagship mutant books (that would be Astonishing X-Men I suppose), I find New X-Men extremely fun to read and decently addictive. One reason may be that the mutants featured in the comic don’t carry the burden of backstory that makes the rest of the X-Men comics such a headache. I also believe this gives the writers more freedom to create more original stories – like the current arc that features one of my favourite mutant menaces – Nimrod, the ultimate Sentinel from the future.
I also have a fondness for Paco Medina’s arresting artwork on the New X-Men. I suppose it can hardly be called original – it shares too many similarities with Chris Bachalo and Humberto Ramos’ work – but the pencils are still dazzling.