X-Men: Regenesis #1 is a one shot issue is a $3.99 comic, from Marvel Comics, and was written by Kieron Gillen, featuring art by Billy Tan, colors by Andres Mossa, lettering by Rob Steen, with cover art by Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend, and a variant cover by Morry Hollowell . The issue was originally released on October 12, 2011.
The events of this issue take place after X-Men: Schism #5 and before Uncanny X-Men #544 and Wolverine And The X-Men #1. This was a cool issue. The one-shot format, for this issue was the right way to deal with the various X-Men and mutants deciding where they were going to make their homes and with whom their allegiances lie. Doing it in an extra sized one-shot saved the X-writers and artists at Marvel from having to waste the first issues of Wolverine And The X-Men and the new volume of Uncanny X-Men explaining who went where and sided with who. Big time kudos to the creative team for making it a good and interesting read that could have very easily ended up a boring issue that basically amounted to a glorified roll call, with everyone just responding, “I’m going with Logan.” or “I’m staying with Scott.”
The first person Logan goes to ask join him is Iceman/Bobby Drake, who obliges. To those of us who’ve been following all the recent X-stories, Bobby’s siding with Logan and leaving Utopia may not be a huge shock as there has been a bit of foreshadowing of his departure; he had grown increasingly critical of Scott’s leadership style, and how he has changed. Bobby himself would say in classic Iceman pun fashion, “You’ve gotten COLD, Scott.” One of the best scenes occurs between Wolverine and Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, who have their conversation while sparring, and she surprisingly decides to stay with Scott’s team on Utopia. Storm’s decision to stay was also a shock, considering how close she and Wolverine have been over the years. Kitty Pryde, to no surprise, sides with her longtime mentor and big brother/uncle/father figure, Wolverine, while her longtime love Colossus/Piotr Rasputin stays behind on Utopia. Beast/Hank McCoy, who hasn’t been with the X-Men recently and has instead been focusing on his membership with Steve Rogers’ team of Secret Avengers, decides to help Logan re-open the school in West Chester… he then promptly calls Scott to gloat, which was pretty damn funny! I, for one, am ecstatic to have Beast back where he belongs and among mutants and X-Men!
Rogue and Magento have a rare sweet moment, and their sexual tension is palpable as they part ways and choose opposite sides. Magneto’s daughter, Polaris/Lorna Dane, and Cyclops’s younger brother, Havok/Alex Summers, opt to head east with Logan which had to be a major burn for Cyclops and Magneto. Tension mounts between Hope and her team, over what is best for Idie/Oya, who was a major part of what caused the schism between Scott and Logan, in the first place. There’s also a really great scene between a couple of New Mutants and fans of that series will be glad to see sparks fly between the two longtime teammates.
Scott has a new job for Dazzler/Alison Blaire, who’s decided to stay on in Utopia. There is a scene were the students discuss the future and where they’ve all decided to go or stay, where emotions run high, and it really shows that these kids are much more than just KIDS, and I’m not talking about their powers. Next are a few pages with a series of one panel decisions. Among them, Dr. Nemesis is his usual science obsessed and wonderful jerk self, X-23/Laura Kinney predictably goes with her genetic progenitor and the closest thing she has to a parent, Wolverine, and Frenzy’s and the Stepford Cuckoos‘ reasoning for their decisions pulled the biggest laughter of the issue for me. In a surprise twist, Emma Frost makes Cyclops, her lover, sweat quite a bit for her decision in a another very well written exchange. By the end of this book, the lines are drawn and the teams are, more or less, set, as the two factions of mutants part ways.
Now, off to the art department we go! Billy Tan’s pencils are strong, throughout, and I personally felt the panels and pages of the primal circle fight were the best drawn parts of the book. Billy Tan and Andres Mossa, use a colors straight to the pencils method, for those parts of the book, and it really gives them their own distinct look and feel, that is a little more rough around the edges, while at the same time, more dynamic than the art for the parts of the book that are actually happening. The art of the circle fight differs from the art of the rest of the book so much, it looks like it could have been drawn by another person, and that contrast helped to really give the issue a bit of a distinct feel and to illustrate the raw and visceral nature of the philosophical and recent physical conflict between the two alpha mutants. There were a few color gaffes on Cyclops’s X-Men uniform, but otherwise, Mossa’s color work was solid, and like Tan’s pencils, the colors were at their best during the circle fight portions of the book. I would like to see more from Billy Tan and Andres Mossa, using their color-to-pencils method, in the future; let’s hope Marvel gives us all that treat before too long, and gives these guys another book to team-up on!
All in all, I think X-Men: Regenesis #1 was a decent issue, that both served it’s purpose and managed to flesh out and breathe some real life into how the X-Men went about choosing their sides. The Regenesis Era is upon us, X-heads! Click the image below, to see the rosters for each faction, as set by the end of this one-shot, and see who all chose to stay with Cyclops on Utopia and who decided to join Wolverine, in heading back to West Chester, to re-open the school for young mutants.
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