Suffice it to say, if it’s a blood drenched feast of carrion bliss you’re after, X delivers! This isn’t even issue number 1, but a primer, and it’s brutally obvious that X is gunning for Marvel’s Punisher audience, and gunning hard! Fightin’ tooth ‘n nail as it so happens.
X made his first appearance back in Dark Horse Presents #8, as part of their failed attempt at a combined new universe called Comics Greatest World. Hot off the equally unsuccessful attempt at a new universe by Marvel, X, along with Barb Wire (written by Dark Horse’s own, John Arcudi), were the only titles to milk any following, albeit, a short lived following. Barb Wire got a movie deal, starring Pamela Anderson, and X got his own series, in 1994, that ran for 25 issues. Then, along with the rest of Comics Greatest World, they fell into obscurity.
So now, Dark Horse has resurrected it’s most marketable failed character (even without a movie deal) for a new audience. Are we ready? Well, as I said, if brutal vigilanteism is your fair, this certainly promises to fulfill all your expectations.
Written by Duane Swierczynski, and illustrated by Eric Nguyen, we find X picking up right where he left off about 15 years ago, ridding Arcadia of all its criminal elite. There are literally no punches being pulled here. When X isn’t brutalizing the bad guys, they’re brutalizing him, everyone gets beaten to a pulp, or worse. Nguyen’s art is heavily influenced by manga, which works great here, as it gives the violent scenes a raw, gritty sense of splattered motion.
The story so far is just what you’d expect, nothing very innovative or surprisingly original. The most notable aspect is the mystery surrounding the identity of X himself. Hopefully Swierczynski will perpetuate the mystery and forgo the dreaded origin story, as it often ends up crippling the essence of the character—Just look at what happened to Wolverine. X is a homicidal maniac, killing morally corrupt fiends, what more do you need to know?
X #0 Review