Marvel Girl #1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art: Nuno Plati
I felt that this issue was very much a direct response to Stan Lee’s original X-Men comics. I loved how angry Jean was at the guys as they fought over her. Jean in the older comics doesn’t realize that boys (and Professor X…ewww…) have a crush on her. But here, she is no one’s but her own.
However, I do have to say that my least favorite part of Jean’s characterization is that her powers are so strong, and how she must get control over them, which really means she just needs to learn better self-control. While with other powerful characters, especially male ones, this seems, while overplayed, to not deter them in their superhero life calling — (except perhaps with the Sentry) — Jean always seems to be regulated as the crazy lady who’s one day going to explode and kill everyone. And when she becomes the Phoenix, the entire universe becomes her kill zone.
Anyway, I liked this story being about Jean and her life outside the X-Men. What she cares about beyond school and superpowers and Scott. The snarky comment on how mall’s make everyone be an automaton was only vaguly amusing. I think I would’ve liked that commentary more several years ago. Though her meeting with the guy in the arcade was pretty good.
I wish Jean could’ve fully accepted that it was her mind and there was no threat without Xavier being in her head.
My favorite part of this comic book was Plati’s art. It was beautiful, and it made the story really enjoyable.