I was not expecting to like X-Men. I bought the first issue because Olivier Coipel did the art, and I was hooked. By the time I finished X-Men #3, I knew this series would be on my pull list for a while. Brian Wood has found a really special niche with this series: 80s/90s action without it feeling corny. All the writers are trying it these days, and Wood seems to be the only one who can pull it off. I also very much enjoy the all-female team. Every member has their own distinct personality, which is rare in a comic book universe where the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Acting Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. are basically the same woman. I’m not saying Marvel has a lack of female characters, just that sometimes they tend to be one-dimensional, and Brian Wood writes them as fully realized characters.
Take Jubilation Lee, an X-Man we haven’t seen in a while. It would be easy to use her as a prop for the story, just as another tertiary character that doesn’t have much to do. While she’s not on the front line in the fight against the vicious Arkea, Jubilee is an integral part of Woods story. And unlike some reintroductions, Jubilee’s doesn’t feel forced or overdone. She’s not overdramatic or churlish to the point where you don’t like her. “Primer” is all about learning who these women are and why they have to come together as a team. Unlike Uncanny X-Force or All-New X-Men, this team isn’t purposely assembled. This team of X-Men came together when the situation demanded it and completed their mission. Now, their focus turns to Jubilee and the mysterious baby she had in hand at the beginning of the first issue.
X-Men #3 is a great conclusion to a great first arc.