Comic Rewind: X-Men ’92: Warzones!

The X-Men go to a evil mutant rehabilitation facility called Clear Mountain Institute and learn its secrets in  X-Men ’92: Warzones!

When the X-Men arrive they are greeted by Director Cassandra Nova.  She gives the team a tour of Clear Mountain and the team is amazed by Nova’s success.  Many well known villains have become completely passive.  

At one point Wolverine sees his arch-rival Sabretooth and tries to attack him, but Sabretooth says he doesn’t want to fight.  All of the villains appear to be completely reformed.

The X-Men can’t believe the results, but wonder how these hardened villains were reformed.  Prof. X loses contact with the team and begins to investigate from the X-Mansion.  The team and the professor get a little bit more than they were expecting. They soon learn who Nova really is and her methods for reforming patients.

The X-Men fight to free themselves and all affected by Nova and Clear Mountain.

This volume is written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims.  Art for the volume was provided by Scott Koblish.  Marvel Comics of course published the volume in 2016.

A unique aspect to this comic and a big selling point for me was the setting of the comic.  The comic was set in the 1992 era of X-Men hence the ‘92 in the title.  What I mean by this is the costumes, characters and tone is set in that time period.

Opening the comic is the X-Men going to the mall to play laser tag with Jubilee.  It doesn’t get much more ‘90s than that.

I was a huge fan of X-Men: The Animated Series and was my favorite ‘90s cartoon.  However, it wasn’t just set in that time period it feels right off the show.  The way the characters act, talk and interact with each other was pure nostalgia.  Nova was the only thing out of place as she was created in 2001.

This comic is fanservice for fans of that period of the X-Men, but I think the volume is accessible to all readers.  It is just a fun ride through a good X-men story.  However, don’t expect this to be life changing or the best X-Men story you’ve ever read.  This is the best X-Men story I’ve read in a few years though.

It is really hard to not smile while reading this comic. The idea of doing this type of comic I can’t praise enough.  I know DC has done this type of thing with Batman and Superman done in the style of the animated cartoons, but I’ve never seen it at Marvel. Hopefully Marvel does type of comic more often.  A ‘90s Spider-Man would be pretty cool and get my money.

However, I need to give a little information on what type of comic this is. This is a digital format call an Infinite Comic, but there is also a print version.  The digital format version of the comic is able to do some cool things.  The comic is able to load images or remove images on the same panel.  In some cases it can have an animated component to the panel.  It is really cool technology, but the comic can only be bought on Comixology to get the full experience.

Recommending this comic to X-Men fans and especially ‘90s X-Men fans is a very easy thing to do.  This comic is a blast from the first page to the last page.

If you are excited for some more X-Men comics then I suggest Amazing X-Men Vol. 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler by Jason Aaron.  In the comic Nightcrawler must escape Hell and the rest of the X-Men are helping him do it.  It sounds really heavy, but it isn’t and taps into the same fun adventure X-Men ’92: Warzones! has.

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