REVIEW: Major X #1

MAJOR X #1 / Writer and Artist: Rob Liefeld / Inkers: Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona, and Dan Fraga / Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr. / Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino / Cover Artist:  Rob Liefeld and Romulo Fajardo Jr. / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: April 3, 2019

Major X #1 Cover

What Decade Is This?

It has become commonplace to make fun of Image co-founder and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, and that’s not what I’m trying to do here, though the quality of Major X #1 that very hard. Rob tries a lot of generic writing tricks, using what he knows: X-Force, Deadpool, action, deserts, motorcycles, Wolverine, and… another Deadpool? The ideas for the issue feel like the over-saturated muscles and guns that were a staple of 90’s Marvel. If you love classic X-Force and all things action-packed 90’s you might like this issue, but there are underlying aspects that I see as poorly written and drawn.

The Bad and the Ugly

Liefeld’s weirdly drawn feet and overall off-brand Jim Lee art style aside, what we have in Major X #1 is an almost decent concept for a story with horrible execution. Major X and his pal M’Koy, a grey Beast with red tinges, are that cliché kind of nostalgic fun that could work, but overall don’t land. They come from another dimension/future to save the world from a Mutant Massacre and have come to fight characters that Rob conveniently understands a little less poorly than other characters and act out the generic “fight each other, team up, then save the world” scenario.

Lowered Expectations

I had no expectations for this issue, good or bad. I wasn’t coming in to hate the story and art, but I am just shocked this got published. In this golden age of Marvel Comics we’re experiencing, this feels like a huge step backward. I’m not saying Liefeld shouldn’t be making comics, he should, and if this is a story he’s wanted to tell I support that, but it feels like he’s just trying to put out generic clichés and hoping something clings. On a positive note, I like the character designs on a surface level: the classic X-Force costumes, both Deadpools’, and Major X’s designs are solid. Also, I like the adamantium samurai sword that Major pulls out of nowhere, but overall this issue is just off.

Verdict: 1 out of 5

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