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An amazing new era for the X-Men starts here, courtesy of superstar artist Ed McGuinness and master X-Writer Jason Aaron! Ever since Nightcrawler's death, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. But after learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it's up to Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar to find and bring back the fan-favorite An amazing new era for the X-Men starts here, courtesy of superstar artist Ed McGuinness and master X-Writer Jason Aaron! Ever since Nightcrawler's death, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. But after learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it's up to Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar to find and bring back the fan-favorite fuzzy blue elf! But when the team finds themselves separated and split between heaven and hell, can they get to Nightcrawler's soul before his father, the evil Azazel, does? Pushed over the edge, the Beast gives into his savage side like never before, as Nightcrawler rallies the X-Men to take on Azazel and his hellish hordes! Can the X-Men save the afterlife, or must one of the team make the ultimate sacrifice? Collecting: Amazing X-Men 1-6


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An amazing new era for the X-Men starts here, courtesy of superstar artist Ed McGuinness and master X-Writer Jason Aaron! Ever since Nightcrawler's death, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. But after learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it's up to Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar to find and bring back the fan-favorite An amazing new era for the X-Men starts here, courtesy of superstar artist Ed McGuinness and master X-Writer Jason Aaron! Ever since Nightcrawler's death, the X-Men have been without their heart and soul. But after learning that their friend may not be gone after all, it's up to Wolverine, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Northstar and Firestar to find and bring back the fan-favorite fuzzy blue elf! But when the team finds themselves separated and split between heaven and hell, can they get to Nightcrawler's soul before his father, the evil Azazel, does? Pushed over the edge, the Beast gives into his savage side like never before, as Nightcrawler rallies the X-Men to take on Azazel and his hellish hordes! Can the X-Men save the afterlife, or must one of the team make the ultimate sacrifice? Collecting: Amazing X-Men 1-6

30 review for Amazing X-Men, Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    I think most Marvel readers can agree that having once-dead Nightcrawler back is a good thing. Nobody is going to argue that he should have stayed as dead as Uncle Ben. The fuzzy elf is one of the more endearing X-Men ever created. He’s covered in blue fur, has sharp teeth and a prehensile tail, and looks demonic, and yet despite years of mutant persecution has a reverent and kind disposition and was the spiritual heart of the X-Men. What is debatable is the cheesy way that Jason Aaron brought h I think most Marvel readers can agree that having once-dead Nightcrawler back is a good thing. Nobody is going to argue that he should have stayed as dead as Uncle Ben. The fuzzy elf is one of the more endearing X-Men ever created. He’s covered in blue fur, has sharp teeth and a prehensile tail, and looks demonic, and yet despite years of mutant persecution has a reverent and kind disposition and was the spiritual heart of the X-Men. What is debatable is the cheesy way that Jason Aaron brought him back. Pirates! By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, the Monkee’s Davy Jones’ locker and Stan Lee’s gall stones why the hell did it have to be pirates? Azazel, Nightcrawler’s red-furred daddy, has invaded Heaven, Hell and Purgatory (or, I don’t remember, Limbo) on pirate ships and, shiver me timbers, he’s taking over. Nightcrawler, who’s playing shuffle board with Professor X in Heaven, enlists his X-Men buddies to help. Is this some sort of ploy by parent company Disney to add an adult themed ride at Disney World -Azazel’s Piratey, Dirty Whore Island? Shocking! Appalling!! I’ll be the first in line!!! May a hundred little red BAMPF’s do mischief in your shorts, Jason Aaron.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    If it hadn't been for Sesana, I wouldn't have even known Nightcrawler was dead. That's how little I used to read X-titles. I've been trying to remedy that, and when I saw this in the library, I just had to pick it up. So. Kurt has it made in Heaven. Which, of course, he totally deserves! I mean, if there was ever an X-man that we all knew would be shuffled to the head of the line at the Pearly Gates, it was Nightcrawler. But he's not happy. He misses the action of being an X-man, and he can't quit If it hadn't been for Sesana, I wouldn't have even known Nightcrawler was dead. That's how little I used to read X-titles. I've been trying to remedy that, and when I saw this in the library, I just had to pick it up. So. Kurt has it made in Heaven. Which, of course, he totally deserves! I mean, if there was ever an X-man that we all knew would be shuffled to the head of the line at the Pearly Gates, it was Nightcrawler. But he's not happy. He misses the action of being an X-man, and he can't quite shake the feeling that he's got more to do on Earth. So when his evil father starts literally stealing souls, Kurt makes a semi-shady deal with the Bamfs and calls for reinforcements. Ok, this could have been (should have been) super corny. The X-men travel to the afterlife and basically play Pirate Dress-up with their dead friend. However, Arron manages to make it a fun book chock-full of FEELINGS! And he brings this character back from the dead in a way that (while not perfect) made me smile. A lot. But it was really art by Ed McGuinness that got to me the most. Every reunion between the characters showed such a great range of emotions, that it pretty much sealed the deal for me. Come on! If this doesn't get to you, you have no heart...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    I have to be a little hypocritical here. I complain about comics bringing characters back from the dead so often that death becomes a revolving door, and totally loses its impact. And I complain about comics cynically killing off characters for the sole intention of getting media exposure, already planning on bringing them back so they can get more media exposure. Normally, I hate that stuff. But this is Nightcrawler, so I don't care. How much does my complete and total love for Nightcrawler aff I have to be a little hypocritical here. I complain about comics bringing characters back from the dead so often that death becomes a revolving door, and totally loses its impact. And I complain about comics cynically killing off characters for the sole intention of getting media exposure, already planning on bringing them back so they can get more media exposure. Normally, I hate that stuff. But this is Nightcrawler, so I don't care. How much does my complete and total love for Nightcrawler affect my enjoyment of this book? Probably a lot. Because I can see definite flaws here. A lot of the subplots seem kind of aimless, the pirating is given short shrift, and I don't get what was up with the frozen wasteland. But it gave Nightcrawler back to me, so I still kind of loved it. Happily for me, Aaron does a fantastic job with Nightcrawler himself. It's just so nice to see his voice on the page! I especially liked the various reunions between Kurt and his friends. No surprise that the big buildup is to Logan and Kurt reuniting, and it's absolutely perfect. Aaron is smart enough to avoid trying to put words to the moment, and McGuinness drew the most amazingly perfect page. The look on Logan's face, you guys. There are very few moments in comics that can't be improved on, and I think this was one of them. I liked how Aaron brought Nightcrawler back, that it was at a definite cost, and that it was a cost tailored to the character. If this gets properly explored, it could be really interesting. Also, I owe Aaron a lifedebt for quietly dialing back Azazel from Austen's inanity. This version is obviously not the actual, literal devil, and I couldn't be happier. I fully admit that I'm probably super biased when it comes to this book. I love Nightcrawler so much that it would have to be a much worse book than this is for me to do anything but love it just for bringing him back. But what's good is quite good, and the rest is more than passable. To me. So take that with a heft pinch of salt.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Beast decides to get rid of those drunken, annoying Bamfs from the grounds of the Jean Grey School once and for all but uncovers a strange hidden portal they’ve been protecting. He and a handful of X-Men are drawn through it with some ending up in heaven and some ending up in hell. And guess who they meet in Heaven? Well, the subtitle of the book is The Quest for Nightcrawler, so you know already: heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Kurt! But with his demonic dad, Azazel, threatening the afterlife, Kurt must make Beast decides to get rid of those drunken, annoying Bamfs from the grounds of the Jean Grey School once and for all but uncovers a strange hidden portal they’ve been protecting. He and a handful of X-Men are drawn through it with some ending up in heaven and some ending up in hell. And guess who they meet in Heaven? Well, the subtitle of the book is The Quest for Nightcrawler, so you know already: heeeeeeeeeeeere’s Kurt! But with his demonic dad, Azazel, threatening the afterlife, Kurt must make the ultimate choice: sacrifice his eternity for the sake of the world or let his evil father burn it all. The first volume of Jason Aaron’s new X-Men series, Amazing X-Men (following the end of his acclaimed Wolverine and the X-Men run), is a very mixed bag – on the one hand, NIGHTCRAWLER’S BACK!!! And on the other, the rest of the X-Men get embroiled in a very bland adventure with elements from one of the most heinous X-Men books ever written, The Draco. And split down the middle is exactly how I feel about the book – the Nightcrawler stuff is perfect, from his time in Heaven, to the reveal of who and what the bamfs are and why they’re in the Jean Grey School, to the delightful reunions between Kurt and the X-Men, all of whom are overjoyed at having him return (Logan genuinely smiles several times!). If that had been the whole book it really would be amazing. But that’s not enough material for a book so Aaron throws in some arbitrary X-Men action that doesn’t matter and isn’t in the slightest bit interesting to read. Storm, Iceman and Firestar fight demons in hell – but Iceman’s melting!! Wolverine and Northstar battle Azazel’s fiends in heaven – but they’re freezing!! Beast fights pirates - !! It reads like exactly what it is: filler. The characters are given some tedious busywork while they wait for Nightcrawler to get around to them and they can exclaim surprise and have a nice moment with him. It really is Kurt’s book and everyone else’s inclusion feels unnecessary. Who would’ve guessed the X-Men as pirates (aboard the Warship Xavier!) would be so boring? Ed McGuinness does a marvellous job with the art – his Nightcrawler is easily among the best depictions of the character and he makes him both dashing and agile all at once. His design is perfect and the large panel/one pagers where we get to see Kurt in all his glory are just plain awesome. And his Bamfs are hella cute – blue or red, looking for whiskey or no, they are so darling! If there aren’t any stuffed toy Bamfs around for sale, there damn well should be! Jason Aaron is a fine writer who can’t help but do some really interesting things in his work even his superhero storytelling tends to vary in quality. That Kurt is a devout Catholic who has gone to heaven and returned is some great psychological material to explore, but what Aaron does to the character at the end is really interesting – the decision Kurt takes and what that means for his faith and worldview. And I can’t totally dislike a book that ends so perfectly with Logan and Kurt, arms around their shoulders, happily and drunkenly lurching into the dawn after a night of celebratory drinking. It’s worth reading if you’re a Nightcrawler fan as he’s got nothing but great moments in this book but know that you’ll have to put up with some very dull scenes involving the other X-Men to get to them. A halfway-amazing X-Men book, the heart-warming takeaway is that Kurt Wagner’s back in the Marvel Universe. Wunderschon!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    "This can't be . . . the hell, right? I mean . . . this has gotta be some sort of trick by Mysterio or Arcade . . . Oh, God. I've been an X-Man for less than a day and I'm already in hell!" - Angelica 'Firestar' Jones, newest team member, having a 'hell' of a first day only minutes after her arrival at 'the school' But Amazing X-Men, Volume 1 was a hell of a ride, and pleasant and tight little adventure reuniting Kurt 'Nightcrawler' Wagner with his various brothers- and sisters-in-arms against hi "This can't be . . . the hell, right? I mean . . . this has gotta be some sort of trick by Mysterio or Arcade . . . Oh, God. I've been an X-Man for less than a day and I'm already in hell!" - Angelica 'Firestar' Jones, newest team member, having a 'hell' of a first day only minutes after her arrival at 'the school' But Amazing X-Men, Volume 1 was a hell of a ride, and pleasant and tight little adventure reuniting Kurt 'Nightcrawler' Wagner with his various brothers- and sisters-in-arms against his evil father Azazel. The 'mutant family' aspect is a theme repeatedly hammered home throughout the book. There are also A LOT of hugging scenes between Nightcrawler and his 'X' teammates (Storm - romantic; Beast - brotherly; Kitty Pryde - adorable; Wolverine - unexpected, but a powerful image) - that were memorable. It was fun - an odd but effective mix of demons, pirates, and super-heroics.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Outlandish and a little ridiculous? Yep. But, getting Nightcrawler back more than makes up for the wonkiness of the story, and McGuinness's art was spectacular. It was nice to see the X-Men in a self-contained story that didn't include lots of angst about their place in the world or public perception of mutants or Cyclops being douchey. I miss these types of tales, and I feel like there's been a paucity of them since the end of Whedon's run. Outlandish and a little ridiculous? Yep. But, getting Nightcrawler back more than makes up for the wonkiness of the story, and McGuinness's art was spectacular. It was nice to see the X-Men in a self-contained story that didn't include lots of angst about their place in the world or public perception of mutants or Cyclops being douchey. I miss these types of tales, and I feel like there's been a paucity of them since the end of Whedon's run.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    This was a blast to read through! It starts off with Kurt and what he is doing in heaven and then he goes to hell to find his father Azazel bt then suddenly some sort of portal and Bamfs appear in the Institute and thus the X-Men are transported here in hell and heaven and things happen, they make their way fighting different agents of the devil azazel in hell until they find that Kurt is sort of alive here and they team up for one final fight with Azazel and whatever will happen to Kurt? Will he This was a blast to read through! It starts off with Kurt and what he is doing in heaven and then he goes to hell to find his father Azazel bt then suddenly some sort of portal and Bamfs appear in the Institute and thus the X-Men are transported here in hell and heaven and things happen, they make their way fighting different agents of the devil azazel in hell until they find that Kurt is sort of alive here and they team up for one final fight with Azazel and whatever will happen to Kurt? Will he return to the real world or not? And at what price? Plus a story about Mystique vs the X-Men and her plans with Azazel. This was so good and had such great moments like Wolverine and Kurt meeting again and that was my favorite part and then Firestar being the introductory character was great POV and finally its always fun to see the X-Men as pirates and I loved it. This book had everything if you love Nightcrawler and one of his definitive stories and resurrection done right and just shows how close the X-Men are and their members are like family. The art was decent throughout but its the bond of family and everything this book hits at and Aaron does it wonderfully.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Shallow Comics Readers BuddyRead time again kiddies! XXX week gave me an excuse to indulge in Jason Aaron's romp with Nightcrawler! Super-fun. What would happen if you've dreamt of being a pirate all your life, but died having always denied your true desires (as any good Catholic would do)? Why, heaven would be your playground of course! Or in Kurt Wagner's case, you'd mope for eternity, just sitting by the dock of the bay (wait, wrong metaphor) - sitting on the edge of a cliff, sullen like a got Shallow Comics Readers BuddyRead time again kiddies! XXX week gave me an excuse to indulge in Jason Aaron's romp with Nightcrawler! Super-fun. What would happen if you've dreamt of being a pirate all your life, but died having always denied your true desires (as any good Catholic would do)? Why, heaven would be your playground of course! Or in Kurt Wagner's case, you'd mope for eternity, just sitting by the dock of the bay (wait, wrong metaphor) - sitting on the edge of a cliff, sullen like a goth teen. It takes Kurt's father to bring him out of his shell, and give him the purpose we all know he's secretly wished for. But this isn't told as this tale so much - it is intended as a "come rescue Rapunzel the blue-skinned elf from the prison of actual heaven, aided by those damned Bamfs that have infested the Jean Grey [formerly Xavier, before he bit it and Wolverine finally got sick of Slim's shit] School, much to Beast's chagrin. [aside: why the hell again did we honour the most recently dead leader by renaming his school after *someone else*? Just occurred to me how much of an insult that must've been.] Various cool X-Men roaming the planes of the afterlife, lots of pirate-y adventures [without overuse of that "talk like a pirate...aaaarrr!" shit - makes me want to mass-murder my computer-nerd workmates every time we endure "Talk Like A Pirate Day"]. Can I just say how cool it was to finally see Firestar in a comic? I've had a crush on her ever since watching her, Spidey and Iceman in the Amazing cartoons of my childhood, and she didn't disappoint in this outing. [which makes me believe Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness were also members of the Lusting After Firestar club as pre-teens]. And it isn't just Firestar who looks gorgeous in this book - the art is pretty thoroughly beautiful and bright throughout. That adds another layer to the fun and kept the tone light for what could've been a morose and ridiculous book. Was this book necessary? Aside from whatever plot device was necessary to bring our favourite demonic teleported back into canon, not in the least. But as an extension of Aaron's amazingly fun and zany work on Wolverine and the X-Men, this was a very welcome chapter. bravo!

  9. 4 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    I have to admit, when I first heard that they were bringing Nightcrawler back, I was pretty damn ecstatic! Kurt Wagner back in action? YES PLEASE! However, after reading the arc of his return, I have to wonder if it was worth the cost. Faith is an important part of Kurt's character, and now... Well... I don't want to spoil things. As far as first arcs go... This one wasn't particularly impressive. Still, I enjoyed it, and I am eager to see what this X-team will get themselves into. I have to admit, when I first heard that they were bringing Nightcrawler back, I was pretty damn ecstatic! Kurt Wagner back in action? YES PLEASE! However, after reading the arc of his return, I have to wonder if it was worth the cost. Faith is an important part of Kurt's character, and now... Well... I don't want to spoil things. As far as first arcs go... This one wasn't particularly impressive. Still, I enjoyed it, and I am eager to see what this X-team will get themselves into.

  10. 4 out of 5

    William Thomas

    Do any of you remember the Spider-Man and Friends cartoon from the 80's? With him and Iceman and Firestar? Early 80's. A strange combination of heroes, I know, but I crushed on Firestar from that moment on. And here we have her back! Angelica Jones! Swoon. Oh, and I guess everyone's all freaking out in this one because Nightcrawler's bamfing around avian or something. Aaron's new take on the X-Men here abandons the school aspect of his previous title run with Wolverine and bangs together a prett Do any of you remember the Spider-Man and Friends cartoon from the 80's? With him and Iceman and Firestar? Early 80's. A strange combination of heroes, I know, but I crushed on Firestar from that moment on. And here we have her back! Angelica Jones! Swoon. Oh, and I guess everyone's all freaking out in this one because Nightcrawler's bamfing around avian or something. Aaron's new take on the X-Men here abandons the school aspect of his previous title run with Wolverine and bangs together a pretty great team for some extremely silly books. And I'm ok with that right now because it's extremely all-ages friendly. And there aren't enough of those books around these days. I'm in my early 30's now, and a lot of other fans are, too. Or older. These books need to appeal to a broader range of ages, instead of just hearing them toward aging fanboys and fangirls. Kids need to be able to get into these books if they're going to survive. So I'm just very excited that this takes a completely different approach than Brian Michael Bendis' boring and tedious take on the other X-books. Is it just me or is he like Galactus, just sucking all the life out of everything these days? If anything, I really have to say that Ed McGuiness is a terrible choice for art chores here. Yes, his uncomplicated style can appeal to everyone, but he draws most every woman as a pornstar. Like one of those cartoon porn ads that pops up on your computer when you're, uh, looking at other porn. It's not bad, it's just not great. And like his DC counterpart Ed Benes, he doesn't realize it's time to get more realistic images of women on the page. Writing: B Art: C

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    I kind of wonder what Marvel was thinking, banishing this storyline to the brand new "Amazing X-Men" title no one was reading at the time, especially since this is the payoff to a story that's been building subtly beneath the surface of Jason Aaron's Wolverine & the X-Men title for years. If you've read that title, you'll be familiar with the "Bamfs," which are little semi-feral pests that happen to look an awful lot like Nightcrawler, and have been causing a ruckus and stealing Beast's machine I kind of wonder what Marvel was thinking, banishing this storyline to the brand new "Amazing X-Men" title no one was reading at the time, especially since this is the payoff to a story that's been building subtly beneath the surface of Jason Aaron's Wolverine & the X-Men title for years. If you've read that title, you'll be familiar with the "Bamfs," which are little semi-feral pests that happen to look an awful lot like Nightcrawler, and have been causing a ruckus and stealing Beast's machine parts for pretty much the entirety of that long-running series. Well, all of that finally comes to fruition here, and it makes for a pretty satisfying, if a little hokey, adventure. I won't spoil it, but let's just say we get some X-Men in heaven and some in hell (seemingly Jason Aaron's favorite place to shove his characters?), some swashbuckling fights with demon pirates, an insane plot by said demon pirates to conquer heaven and hell, and fantastic art from the always-great Ed McGuinness. It's a lot of fun, and never takes itself too seriously, and believe me, it has some opportunities to really ham it up here. All that said, this isn't anything new or groundbreaking. Don't expect to be floored by any revelations here. I doubt any of them will matter all that much to the Marvel mythos at large. But, it's a satisfying distraction and a quick read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Cody

    Nightcrawler's back. That's my review. Nightcrawler's back. That's my review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle B

    Fantastic! I now understand why people love Nightcrawler so much!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nessa [October Tune]

    Ok but the Bamfs are the literal cutest and I want like ten of them (at least).

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    Let me start by saying I haven't read any comics with Nightcrawler until now. What I know of him is very little, taken from snippets of the animated series. I remember liking him a lot, and that he teleports. Other than being able to recognize him, that's about it. When I picked this up, I wasn't aware Nightcrawler had died. I just accepted his absence from the other X-Men related comics. I came at this without expecting a certain type of story. So, what do I think? I LOVE this book. It is SO muc Let me start by saying I haven't read any comics with Nightcrawler until now. What I know of him is very little, taken from snippets of the animated series. I remember liking him a lot, and that he teleports. Other than being able to recognize him, that's about it. When I picked this up, I wasn't aware Nightcrawler had died. I just accepted his absence from the other X-Men related comics. I came at this without expecting a certain type of story. So, what do I think? I LOVE this book. It is SO much fun, so light-hearted and sentimental, but it also has its serious moments. The character interactions are stellar, tugging at my heartstrings like a puppy greeting its family when they come home. I'm surprised at how much emotion this brings story brings out. I didn't know anything prior about Nightcrawler's relationships with the various team members, but seeing him reunite with them makes my heart soar. The story basically comes down to a pirate battle in Purgatory between Azazel's army and the X-Men, and wow, is it a joy ride. The art is really easy on the eyes. I love Ed McGuinness' fun, expressive art style. Marge Gracia's colours are beautiful. Overall, this is one you shouldn't miss. I can feel the enthusiasm and love that went into making this book. If you like the X-Men and/or Nightcrawler, pick this up! Volume two is high on my to-read list.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    So glad to see Nightcrawler back and full of fun. Who would have thought you could tell a good Azazel story? This has the chaotic energy of Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men (which I miss everyday) but feels like a proper X-tale with some favorite characters. So glad to see Nightcrawler back and full of fun. Who would have thought you could tell a good Azazel story? This has the chaotic energy of Jason Aaron's Wolverine and the X-Men (which I miss everyday) but feels like a proper X-tale with some favorite characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    So the much loved Nightcrawler is back... and it all makes sense as intimated throughout the Wolverine and the X-men series, it just wasn't very entertaining 'til the last section with the 'resurrection' party. Also I don't like Ed McGuinnes' X-Men. Boy do I love to moan! 6 out of 12. So the much loved Nightcrawler is back... and it all makes sense as intimated throughout the Wolverine and the X-men series, it just wasn't very entertaining 'til the last section with the 'resurrection' party. Also I don't like Ed McGuinnes' X-Men. Boy do I love to moan! 6 out of 12.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Those characters man... <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    How is Jason Aaron so good at writing Thor but so bad at writing Mutant books? This was so bland. The story was really stupid. It dragged for what felt like a very long 6 issues. The art was pretty plain jane as well. The whole thing was a pretty boring and contrived way to bring Nightcrawler back from the dead. There really wasn’t anything too good about this, except the flashbacks to Claremont era X-Men. Besides that, this was campy and dumb.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This reads a lot like Aaron's current run on The Avengers, but here, we've got the requisite background for these emotional beats (and whimsy) to actually register. I really enjoyed this (unlike much of the recent Avengers run). The artwork is strong and the goofiness actually connects (you've got to know the characters and understand them before you pull that...). This reads a lot like Aaron's current run on The Avengers, but here, we've got the requisite background for these emotional beats (and whimsy) to actually register. I really enjoyed this (unlike much of the recent Avengers run). The artwork is strong and the goofiness actually connects (you've got to know the characters and understand them before you pull that...).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jaide B

    3.5 stars, actually. Dante’s Inferno meets Errol Flynn meets X-Men. And I mean that in the best way possible. One of the better Nightcrawler comics, with witty dialogue, lots of fun, and touching moments. Brilliant artwork, too. Some parts were slower than others; I suppose that is to be expected in a serial.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    This was excellent. Honestly the only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the premise. Anything that ventures to actually represent the afterlife is destined to fail in my book. I have reasons for that opinion that I won't get into here, but it just created a flawed backdrop for an otherwise EXCELLENT story. Like many, I'm a fan of Nightcrawler. He's a very likable character and I was genuinely sad when he died back in Second Coming. When I heard that this story was bringing him back, I was thrille This was excellent. Honestly the only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the premise. Anything that ventures to actually represent the afterlife is destined to fail in my book. I have reasons for that opinion that I won't get into here, but it just created a flawed backdrop for an otherwise EXCELLENT story. Like many, I'm a fan of Nightcrawler. He's a very likable character and I was genuinely sad when he died back in Second Coming. When I heard that this story was bringing him back, I was thrilled. I also loved (most of) the team that was assembled for the title, though some are getting a little saturated. Wolverine, of course. Beast and Iceman are both prominent in Wolverine & the X-Men and All-New X-Men, and Storm features in both of those, plus X-Men and her upcoming solo series. That said, the group works. I wish Northstar and Firestar (huh...just noticed that) got a little more attention, but I liked what they had. The banter was spot on and the action was great. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this title. Especially after the garbage I read last (Teen Titans Vol 4), this shines even brighter still as a linear, yet connected, and well thought out story with likable characters. The art is also pretty great. McGuinness makes Kurt look like a true hero. While his afterlife realms may seem a bit cartoonish, it works for such a high flying swashbuckling affair. The only thing I wasn't entirely a fan of was how he drew Storm's face. Just a pet peeve, I suppose. There's also an issue with art from Cameron Stewart. I prefer the clarity of McGuinness, but it still looks great and is a nice continuation of the story from the other issues. This is a very solid first outing for the new title. I'm psyched that Nightcrawler is back and it's definitely set up for a great and fun run. I can't wait to pick up the next volume.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joe Kucharski

    Full disclosure: I haven’t read an X-Men comic since Grant Morrison’s run ended on NEW X-MEN. How many years ago was that? A lot has changed in the X-Men omniverse since then. Most of those changes are irrelevant to this tale which kicks off a new X-Men title – AMAZING X-MEN – other then the fact that, well, Nightcrawler is dead and living in the paradise of Heaven. Or is it paradise? Kurt’s father, the demon Azazel, attacks said paradise along with a horde of demon pirates, because what else wou Full disclosure: I haven’t read an X-Men comic since Grant Morrison’s run ended on NEW X-MEN. How many years ago was that? A lot has changed in the X-Men omniverse since then. Most of those changes are irrelevant to this tale which kicks off a new X-Men title – AMAZING X-MEN – other then the fact that, well, Nightcrawler is dead and living in the paradise of Heaven. Or is it paradise? Kurt’s father, the demon Azazel, attacks said paradise along with a horde of demon pirates, because what else would tempt everyone’s favorite fuzzy elf into returning to the land of the living than an outright swashbuckling adventure, which is exactly what Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness conjure in their QUEST FOR NIGHTCRAWLER story. The story is fun, fast, and completely captures ‘Crawler’s cavalier attitude. Plus, in a treat designed specifically for us Gen-Xers, Firestar and Iceman get to team-up, and even flirt. Go for it, Spider-friends. The trade paperback compilation ends on a wrap-up tale that completely puts a downer on the otherwise action-adventure lightness of the other chapters as Nightcrawler’s family reunion – with both his chosen and biological families – does nothing more than resets the main story back to the status quo. Sure, Aaron is no doubt setting up future plot lines, but contained with this collection, the story reverses some of the fun changes put into play - Kurt sulking in the shadows instead of flying high with a smile. Hey, this is a fun, enjoyable read and comes recommended. However, the fanboy in me still has to ask the following: why is Cyclops wearing a ridiculous-looking uniform and doesn’t appear to be on friendly terms with the other students? And how is it that Wolverine is not dying of metal poisoning if he no longer has his healing factor? That one-panel Excalibur reunion, however, was rather worth it. BAMF!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I remember the day when comics used to have to explain how a dead character wasn't really dead. Now, going to heaven or hell to rescue them seems to increasingly be the thing. Anywho, this is a fun romp that makes good use of Nightcrawler's past continuity. Unsurprisingly, the first issue is the strongest, because it's set at the school, and Aaron's writing has always been *much* stronger at the school than on field trips. It's all enjoyable though. I can't say, however, that I've been convinced t I remember the day when comics used to have to explain how a dead character wasn't really dead. Now, going to heaven or hell to rescue them seems to increasingly be the thing. Anywho, this is a fun romp that makes good use of Nightcrawler's past continuity. Unsurprisingly, the first issue is the strongest, because it's set at the school, and Aaron's writing has always been *much* stronger at the school than on field trips. It's all enjoyable though. I can't say, however, that I've been convinced to pick up Amazing, especially not if it's intended to be light-hearted adventuring of this sort. We'll see if the next run is going to be any longer than Aaron's, or if this is just going to be a creator-of-the-month sort of title …

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Another in the long line of resurrection stories which have made death among superheroes, and especially X-Men, so hard to take seriously (if you think Wolverine's going to stay dead more than about five years, I've got a lovely bridge I can sell you). And it brings Nightcrawler back by playing on one of the most jarring bits of his backstory, the demonic parentage. But I can forgive a lot of anything which heavily features sky pirates pillaging the afterlife. Another in the long line of resurrection stories which have made death among superheroes, and especially X-Men, so hard to take seriously (if you think Wolverine's going to stay dead more than about five years, I've got a lovely bridge I can sell you). And it brings Nightcrawler back by playing on one of the most jarring bits of his backstory, the demonic parentage. But I can forgive a lot of anything which heavily features sky pirates pillaging the afterlife.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lionel

    This book got me confused. It is perfectly awesome. I really want to read what is coming next. But if I am confused it is because it brought once again a dead character back to live. I hate that. Even if it has been a long time. even if I love Kurt. Even if it is so well done as this is. It could have been perfect if Kurt sacrifice wasn't to be brought back to earth, even in his non-complete state. This book got me confused. It is perfectly awesome. I really want to read what is coming next. But if I am confused it is because it brought once again a dead character back to live. I hate that. Even if it has been a long time. even if I love Kurt. Even if it is so well done as this is. It could have been perfect if Kurt sacrifice wasn't to be brought back to earth, even in his non-complete state.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Glenn

    Pros: I like Nightcrawler. The art is quite nice. There were some really touching moments. Cons: Heaven, Hell, and... pirates? Weird, in a "what were they thinking" kind of way. Pros: I like Nightcrawler. The art is quite nice. There were some really touching moments. Cons: Heaven, Hell, and... pirates? Weird, in a "what were they thinking" kind of way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tehani

    One of my students called this the best kind of X-Men fan fiction. He was right.

  29. 5 out of 5

    AmyH

    I wouldn't say that I'm a huge comic reader but I have fond memories of Nightcrawler from the tv cartoons so thought I'd give this volume a go. For someone who isn't hugely familiar with the current storylines on X-Men, the quick recap at the beginning was enough to get the jist of things. The story follows the recently deceased Nightcrawler attempting to stop his father, Azazel, from stealing souls from heaven as part of his latest evil scheme. Back on Earth, the X-men are transported through a I wouldn't say that I'm a huge comic reader but I have fond memories of Nightcrawler from the tv cartoons so thought I'd give this volume a go. For someone who isn't hugely familiar with the current storylines on X-Men, the quick recap at the beginning was enough to get the jist of things. The story follows the recently deceased Nightcrawler attempting to stop his father, Azazel, from stealing souls from heaven as part of his latest evil scheme. Back on Earth, the X-men are transported through a mystical portal to heaven, hell and purgatory, and have to fight off Azazel's band of devilish pirates to find each other and escape back home, and maybe find the mysterious 'blue elf' who's been terrorising the pirates in the process. The story is all over the place in terms of tone. It starts out with Nightcrawler reflecting on how unsatisfied he is being in heaven, and that despite being a man of faith he'd rather back on Earth. This is pretty understandable given that heaven seems to consist of a small field and one other person, so it doesn't feel like as much of a difficult decision as it should. Unfortunately we don't get any time to go into these feelings in detail before the pirates attack in their flying ships. These are certainly visually impressive (though I'd say the Edge Chronicles did them better) but at this point things become well, more cartoonish, and the emotional heft that could have made the story unique is lost. That's not to say that the scenes with the pirates aren't lots of fun, many buckles are swashed etc, but it would have been nice to focus more on Nightcrawler's inner turmoil which hopefully will be covered more in later issues. Despite this there are still plenty if emotional moments when Nightlcrawler is reunited with each of his friends and we see flashbacks to various points in their friendships. The way they unfold in the same way for each character is a little repetitive, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't start welling up when Nightcrawler finally reunites with bff Wolverine. Visually the book is far more consistent, brimming with gorgeous bold images. The colours are bright and vibrant, contrasted with an occasionally over liberal use of solid black that can threaten to over shadow some of the panels. It would also have been nice to see more differentiation between the realms in terms of art style. However, the book really excels with the character art, particularly with Nightcrawler whose physicality is beautifully conveyed, and even with his solid yellow eyes is easily able to convey a wide range of emotions. (As a side note, I would say that Firestar's costume feels massively outdated, more in terms of general design than how tight it is, but this is is an fairly minor quibble.) Overall, the book is a beautifully drawn dollop of fun, with a scattering of deeper scenes that are sadly under explored. Your opinion of the book will probably depend on which side you find more engaging, but either way, it's nice to have Nightcrawler back.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I've never read much X-Men but Jason Aaron's name brought me to this. It was interesting seeing the changes from my main reference point of watching the animated series when I was little, and the story and characters were strong enough that dipping in here didn't feel strange. For the most part, the art is pretty great with bold bright chunky characters, interesting design, adorable bamfs and decent clear action. The only trouble was Firestar and her preposterous, independently living boobs and I've never read much X-Men but Jason Aaron's name brought me to this. It was interesting seeing the changes from my main reference point of watching the animated series when I was little, and the story and characters were strong enough that dipping in here didn't feel strange. For the most part, the art is pretty great with bold bright chunky characters, interesting design, adorable bamfs and decent clear action. The only trouble was Firestar and her preposterous, independently living boobs and suggestively destroyed outfit that seemed straight out of a teenage boys fantasy which really tainted it for me. That aside though, it's clear why Nightcrawler is such a popular character, and this was a fun, swashbuckling romp that was mostly enjoyable yet disposable to me, but probably pretty great if you're a fan.

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