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Written by Brian Wood
Drawn by Olivier Coipel, Terry Dodson
Published by Marvel Comics
While X-Men unfortunately (and unwisely) got pulled into a massive (and woefully unfulfilling) crossover early on in its run, the first arc of Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel's 'X-Men' was everything I have been wanting in a comic for nearly twenty years. Some of my favorite heroines brought together to kick ass and take names, with no punches pulled. Wood is a character driven writer that knows how to protect characters while also growing them exponentially. He's also one of the best comic book writers when it comes to flawlessly blending the epic and the intimate -- and there's no better book for the epic and the intimate crashing together so beautifully than an X-Men title.
-- CBR Reviewer Kelly Thompson
Look, I know there's been some recent controversy over Brian Wood, but the man knows how to write female characters. His all-female X-Men team never felt like this pandering, desperate attempt to INCLUDE ALL GIRLS YAY CHEESECAKE, but instead felt thoughtful, powerful and right. He wrote heroes who just happened to be women, and who just happened to kick miles of ass.
-- CBR Staff Writer Casey Gilly