Marauders #1 Review
I absolutely love surprising books. I like being excited about certain books then just being completely blown away by them. Marauders is one of those books. Hitting every House of X and Powers of X book week after week then starting up the newest X-Men book felt like a bit much. Then you see there’s even more coming your way with Marauders, Excalibur, New Mutants, X-Force, and even Fallen Angels. Now it’s past a bit much and almost feeling overwhelming. Almost. That was until I got Marauders #1 in my hands.
Gotta love me some Kitty. Kitty Pryde that is, and Marauders #1 delivers her in the best way possible, as a pirate. So not quite literally as a pirate, she’s not exactly pillaging villages but she is getting drunk and sailing the high seas. With the X-Men opening up the mutant neo-utopia Krakoa with open arms, mutants need only walk through its “portals” to receive its fruitful bounties. Kitty um, she learns the hard way that Krakoa isn’t accepting of all mutants, and even the X-Men don’t know as to why she can’t enter the portals.
The X-Men have a plan for Kitty however, save those in need of rescuing, protect those that can’t protect themselves, and bring them back safely to Krakoa. She won’t be doing this alone either as they’ve assigned her one cracking crew, joined by the likes of Storm, Wolverine, and an unlikely ally in Pyro. The Marauders are to the X-Men what the Guardians of the Galaxy are to the Avengers universe and I absolutely love it.
Gerry Duggan teams up with Matteo Lolli again for this adventure, previously doing a very funny Hawkeye vs Deadpool together (did you know that Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0 was the first cameo appearance of both Spider-Gwen and Jane Foster as Thor? Iknowright!). Duggan knows how to write up some comedy, those who have been following Deadpool for any length of time knows it, and it flows right into the pages of Marauders #1.
This review was supposed to be short and sweet but I enjoyed Marauders so much I had to give it the deep dive. And there’s so much I left out too! I’d even go as far to say I enjoyed it more than X-Men #1. Maybe it’s the GOTG vibes or maybe it’s giving us the book Kitty deserves. I don’t know. All I know is it’s very fun and I hope others see it as a legitimate book and not some overwhelming tie-in to the House and Powers of X story.
This review could have been filled with so many pirate puns…
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