Amazing X-Men #7
Writer – Kathryn Immonen
Penciler – Paco Medina
Inker – Juan Vlasco
Colors – Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer – Joe Caramagna
Review by Joey Braccino
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: it’s Game Day and Firestar and Iceman walk into a supermarket on a snack run and, lolz, pick up a baby! The Amazing Spider-Man swings by, the baby turns out to be an alien, and hilarity ensues!!!
If you replied, “Heck yeah! I heard this back in the early-‘90s on my favorite Saturday morning cartoon, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends!!!” then you are one classy dude/dudette/dudezze!!!
Oh, and there’s a GOAT!!!
Kathryn Immonen (Journey into Mystery, Runaways) takes on the unenviable task of following up Jason Aaron on Amazing X-Men and delivers a fun, one-and-done superhero comic that reunites the primary cast of that classic cartoon: Firestar, Iceman, and Spider-Man. Of course, there’s a whole blargh of continuity that Immonen has to incorporate—specifically the whole Superior Spider-man thing—and she does so admirably. Overall, Amazing X-Men #7 is an entertaining one-shot filled with jokes that hit (and plenty of jokes that miss) and some fun character beats.
Paco Medina’s artwork is delightfully vibrant and vintage Marvel. Medina’s aesthetic has that blend of dynamic realism and exaggerated figurework that is reminiscent of Humberto Ramos’ work on Amazing Spider-Man or Ed McGuinness’ work on the first arc of Amazing X-Men. In that regard, Paco Medina is a great choice for this issue, as Amazing X-Men #7 is very much a Spider-Man/X-Men team-up moreso than another issue in an ongoing series.
Worth a look, particular for those nostalgic fans looking for a continuity-lite story featuring Spidey, Firestar, and/or Iceman! Those looking for the next chapter in the Amazing X-Men story will probably be disappointed, but at least Kathryn Immonen and Paco Medina deliver a fun one-shot to bridge the gap between Jason Aaron’s epic “Search for Nightcrawler” story and Chris Yost & Craig Kyle’s takeover next issue!!! #Goats