Writers: Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman
The kids are crazy for manga. So, Marvel and Del Rey decided to make a manga inspired graphic novel, based on the X-Men. To be honest, it's a bold move. It's not like there has been an X-Men manga before....wait....let me correct that. There's never been a manga inspired X-Men tale before....wait...let me try one more time. There's never been a manga inspired X-Men tale, with the help of Marvel and Del Rey. Whew. So, how does this sucker read?
The story revolves around Kitty Pryde, a 15 year old mutant with the ability to phase through objects. One day, a man known as Magneto invites her to join Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. When she arrives at the school, she finds out that the school is filled with mutants and that she is the only girl on campus. Throughout the story, Kitty struggles to find her place in the school.
Right off the bat, I have to give Telgemeier and Roman props for the characters' personalities. They made some interesting decisions that ended up working. For example, Iceman is socially cold towards people while Angel is vain. On top of that, the selection of the bad guys and good guys was intriguing. With all of that in mind, I've got to say that this is essentially Spiderman Loves Mary Jane lite. There's not much action and the plot is character driven. Everything reads well, but the characters and the plot don't bring anything amazing to the table.
On the art front, Anzu's art is hit or miss. It's not that her work is all over the place, but her artistic decisions differ in quality. Her designs for Colossus and Beast are inspired. The panel work is smooth and everything is laid out well. On the other hand, her use of manga-esque expressions are a bit annoying. On top of that, all of the guys have a "pretty boy" look to them. Oh, and Colossus doesn't look sharp when he isn't using his powers(the hat and mustache just don't work).
X-Men: Misfits vol. 1 is a decent read. Despite some cool artistic decisions, it doesn't live to its potential. Hopefully, the creative team can up the ante with the next volume.
6.5* out of 10*