This issue comprises the first series of the X-Men issues I missed due to a parental banning order on comics in the late 1970's and what a pleasure it is to catch up on what I missed.
Being a fan of the old X-Men this new series has been a refreshing treat. There are some great story-lines, fantastic artwork and fleshing out old characters, especially the extra background on Nightcrawler and Wolverine. You can clearly read the roots of much of the first X-Men movie here.
Starting off with the X-Men being detained in Canada as Alpha Flight try to get Wolverine back into their fold and it gets better from there.
Old villains return, Mastermind in a new identity which provides a fantastic twist throughout this book, Arkon and Jean's alter-ego Dark Phoenix.
New villains for the X-Men the assassin Arcade, Proteus, the Hellfire Club, Mystique and a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the Wendigo and D'Spayre with the Man-Thing guest starring.
To top that off two new mutant heroines are introduced, first the phasing teenager Kitty Pryde who joins the X-Men as Sprite and the Dazzler.
The way the storylines intertwine is first rate, from Mutant X's escape from Muir Island, to the mysterious Jason Wyngarde, the Death of one X-Man in the Dark Phoenix saga and the brilliant Days of Future Past where the future counterpart of newest X-Men returns to the present to try and prevent a future where the Sentinels have taken over, the final twist at the end connecting the Hellfire club to the creation of a new breed of Sentinels. Not forgetting Dr, Strange appearing as Nightcrawler is taken through Dante's version of Hell with the X-Men in tow and Kitty Pryde's first solo outing as an X-Man as the school is attached by a demon.
Chris Claremont has to be congratulated for skilfully keeping so many plot threads in the air here and I look forward to reading the next batch of tales. This is absolutely outstanding.