Writer: Tini Howard
Artists: Alberto Foche & Sunny Gho
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Dawn of X established the new status quo, spending over a year setting Krakoa up for Jonathan Hickman’s vision. Now the Krakoan cracks are starting to show in Reign of X. Some of the series in the line are dealing with the repercussions of X of Swords, while others just putting a magnifying glass on the politics and culture of Krakoa. X-Corp is the newest series in the line, giving Warren and Monet a chance to run their own series.
This issue is very much a debut issue in that everything sets up for something bigger. There are plenty of moments that allow readers to get to know Warren and Monet if they aren’t yet acquainted, but this is all about establishing what X-Corp is and what use it is to Krakoa. Tini Howard does a stellar job at making X-Corp feel like a real business. The two faces of the company have different styles of leading, with Warren providing a nice face to look at while Monet handles the staffing and other issues. Seeing them together is a treat, as the two characters have tons of chemistry. The addition of Trinary and Multiple Man adds more dimensions to both the series and the business. Monet and Multiple Man in particular work great together in this issue.
Alberto Foche and Sunny Gho make this issue look fantastic. Everything about X-Corp has that pristine image that you would expect from such a business. The conversations throughout the issue look great due to the expressions and body language of the characters. Sunny Gho’s colors are wonderfully bright, but still are easy to look at, keeping the book grounded. The action flows through the pages well thanks to some great panel layouts and a clever use of space.
X-Corp #1 is a clever debut that sets the company and series up for some big things.