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X-Men #15.1 - Hell To Pay

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X-Men's .1 initiative is here! The X-Men take on a slew of demons in a town in the middle of nowhere, and with the help of the new Ghost Rider, will they be able to save this small town from it's impending doom?

X-Men's .1 initiative is here! The X-Men take on a slew of demons in a town in the middle of nowhere, and with the help of the new Ghost Rider, will they be able to save this small town from it's impending doom?

The Good

As a .1 initiative book, X-Men 15.1 does exactly what it should: it introduces new readers to the characters, the world, and the team dynamic. One new character that new readers will get to see is the new Ghost Rider, Alejandra. Dani, the Native American X-Men member seems to be more of the main focus of the issue. She’s a pretty cool character, but I’m not sure what her actual mutant power is other than being good at being riding on the back of a motor cycle and knowing how to wield a sword.

The art, by Will Conrad, is gorgeous, and this is especially noticeable on the splash page, in the middle of the book, of Ghost Rider. It’s greatly, and beautifully, detailed, and each panel is from a different angle, so the art never feels stale or dragging down the story because there’s so much variety in composition.

The Bad

I’m not a devoted X-Men reader. I pick up the major story arcs and randomly jump on and off depending on the creative team, but this issue bored me. X-Men fans, who read monthly, will feel the same way. The story starts and ends, and it’s something that doesn’t seem like the events of this issue will carry into anymore issues.

Ghost Rider is in this issue, and frankly, it doesn’t make too much sense other than trying to introduce the character to new readers. When you think about the timeline, Ghost Rider doesn’t fit into this story, if it takes place during the same time as the Ghost Rider book. Currently, Alejandra is still being introduced, and she’s stuck with Adam battling it out with Johnny Blaze and Mephisto’s bodyguards. More confusing elements for big Marvel fans, I guess.

The Verdict

Overall, new X-Men fans will love this. This issue fits the .1 initiative perfectly. It does a great job of setting up the X-Men world for new readers in a fun, action-packed story. The big problem is that old fans will be bored and confused. It’s a story that seems it won’t have any bearing on the rest of the X-Universe, and including Ghost Rider in the story was a bit confusing, considering where and what Ghost Rider is doing in his/her/it own book currently. It was enjoyable, to a point, but this issue is more for the new reader than anything else.