From the House of Ideas: ‘X-Terminators #1’ Gleefully Recalls an Uncanny X-Classic

Fun. It’s not as word I’d use to describe the last few years of X-Men comics.

Now, hold on X-fans. That doesn’t I don’t think the X-books haven’t been good. I think many of them have been great, and I’m totally sold on the island nation of Krakoa. But (you knew there’d be a but), the majority of the stories that the various writers have crafted have been fairly serious in nature. Life and death, political intrigue, romance and heartbreak. Strong stories, but not always fun.

Enter Leah Williams and the X-Terminators.

Here’s the logline: ENTER THE GRINDHOUSE OF X! When Jubilee and Boom-Boom agree to take Dazzler out for a night on the town to console her after her nasty breakup, they have no idea they’re about to be kidnapped and put into elaborate death traps for their efforts! What are three girls with the power to blow things up to do? Leah Williams and Carlos Gómez put the X in eXploitation in this tale of blood, sweat and REVENGE!

Written by Williams and illustrated by Carlos Gomez, X-Terminators #1 features three fantastic characters in an adventure that is instantly engaging and full of…wait for it…fun! This story, putting Jubilee, Dazzler, and Boom-Boom together in a ladies night out, reads like a classic X-tale from the days of Chris Claremont. I’m thinking specifically of Uncanny X-Men #244, which not so coincidentally was the debut of Jubilee and also starred Dazzler.

With X-Terminators #1, Williams and Gomez deliver a campy first issue that anyone who’s gone through a bad breakup can immediately relate to. And how do we cope when someone breaks our heart? It’s often with our friends, good tunes, and copious amounts of alcohol. All of that is in abundance in X-Terminators #1, along with the required action and adventure of an X-book. I laughed out loud quite a bit while reading X-Terminators #1, so if you need a breather from the heavy goings on of A.X.E., you’ll get it here.

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