…And really, that matters! No, really, we promise!
I can’t help it; Marvel’s press release announcing a new 8-page story by Claremont in X-Men Forever Alpha #1, and trumpeted with the headline “Chris Claremont Returns to the X-Men!” just brings out the cynic in me. How many times has Claremont dramatically returned to the creation that made him a household name? I can think of at least three. And how many times has it been worth reading? I’ll let you judge that for yourselves, but I’ve got my own opinion on the matter and I’m sure you can read between the lines.
At any rate, according to Marvel, the new book (besides the new, 8-page story) is a reprint of Claremont and Jim Lee’s best-selling X-Men #1-3 from the early ’90s, and the 8-page story will “bridge the gap” between X-Men #3 and the upcoming X-Men Forever books by Claremont and Tom Grummett, an artist who surely deserves better than to be known as “not Jim Lee” on this project.
Anyway, try to contain your excitement for these eight new pages in a reprint digest, which will hit on April 30 and cost you five bucks. I’m sure that Claremont’s most recent return to the X-Men will be history making, genre-defining, thrill-packed comic books.