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READING THE TBR, DAY 192: X-Campus (2009) by Francesco Artibani

Another alternate Marvelverse, this one sees some of our favourite X-Men — Wolverine, Cyclops, Rogue, Angel, Storm, Iceman, Colossus and Beast among them — recruited as students at the prestigious Worthington Academy, which is under the control of the enigmatic Professor Magnus. (Yes. He’s Magneto.)

Their biology teacher is one Professor Charles Xavier, and when he and his assistant, Jean Grey, select our special few for some extra-curricular classwork, the X-Men (Jean’s proposed name: X-Boys; um, no, there are girls in the team, Jean! Ororo was instrumental in the first mission’s success! Surely X-Kids would have been a better attempt?) are born.

I do love an alternate reality in my favourite comic land, and this one is particularly enjoyable, full of just the kind of angst you would expect from a high school-set story, but also exploring what it means to be a hero, and a mutant, in a world afraid of daring to be different. (Again: high school.) The final volume of this 4-issue series is probably the weakest, and I did not at all understand what happened with Rogue (throughout called Anna; no one has an X-name yet) and the letter in the epilogue, but in all it’s a pretty entertaining AU, especially for anyone who likes a teenage drama, which may the gods forgive me, I surely do.


TBR DAY 153: X-Campus by Francesco Artibani, illustrated Michele Medda and Denis Medri
GENRE: Comics, Superheroes, Marvel
TIME ON THE TBR: 6 years.  
KEEP: Sure.

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