Neal Adams To Draw ‘THE FIRST X-MEN’ Miniseries. This…Sounds Awful.

Wow. Marvel is ever-giving Wolverine a quality balls-washing these days. Not content to have segued the dude into leading his own branch of the monolithic X-Empire, there’s a prequel series being drawn by Neal Adams that has him assembling…the First X-Men. Yep. Chuck is too timid, and so Logan sounds the horn. God. Just God. This is fucking stupid.


This series stars Wolverine (known then only by his moniker “Logan”) as he assembles a team of mutants to avenge wrongs back when Charles Xavier was a snotty college kid.

In a conference call with the creative team, Adams told io9 about his pitch for this “X-Men before the X-Men” comic, for which he cites “Jack Kirby to be the Bible.” As Adams explained of the plot:

Of all the mutants on Earth, Professor X could easily pass as a human. Why would he want to get involved in this? […] Maybe mutant kids were getting abused by the military, by the government.

Somebody would have been looking out for them, but maybe that person came to Charles Xavier, realizing he couldn’t protect these kids.

After university student Charles Xavier ignores the clawed mutant’s call to action – “Get out of my house! You look like a werewolf!” was Adams’ imitation of Xavier’s reaction – Logan cobbles together his own team.

Among those involved in this Magnificent Seven-style operation are a paycheck-collecting Sabretooth, a Nazi-hunting Magneto (who the creators happily plucked from X-Men: First Class), and a Wolverine-worshiping teenager named “Bombastic Aghast.” Other characters showing up will be an amnesiac hobo Namor and prototype Sentinels.

Another twist teased was the decision to give the entire populace of the Marvel Universe a “Day One” to hate mutants. As Marvel editor Nick Lowe explained:

In those early X-Men stories, everybody hates and fears them, but we never really know why […] Here we found out why mutants are so hated and feared in a way that is different from any other superheroes.

Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeesus Christ. Chuck is turning away someone in need, Logan isn’t some tortured fuck face but rather the de facto leader of the first X-Men? And we’re not certain why mutants are hated and feared? Because they’re a fucking allegory for maligned social groups like the Civil Rights movement back in the day. What the fuck. My goodness.