So I'm new to reading comics. When I was a kid, I aspired to read the books my older siblings read, none of which had pictures. The first time I really looked at a comic, I didn't know where to look. I didn't know what order to read the bubbles in, whether to look at the pictures first or last, or even what order I should read the frames in. Basically due to the fact that I started reading books without pictures at a young age, comic books confused me. It's a big part of the reason I didn't get into them until now. I still don't know if I'm doing it right, but I'm enjoying them so I guess I can't be too far off.
Anyway, when I started reading the very first X-Men comics, there were some things that surprised me. I've seen most of the X-Men movies and tv shows in existence, so I thought I had a pretty good handle on the story, but there were a few things that surprised me.
First of all, I had no idea Professor X had the hots for Jean Grey. Sounds crazy, but here's the proof in this frame from issue #3:
The other thing I didn't know about the X-Men until I looked at the archives was how unbelievably lame Iceman was at first. He looked so much like a boring snowman, it's no wonder he did this:
The last thing I want to cover is the fact that Beast didn't seem like the book-smart nerd with freakish powers that I know from the other incarnations of X-Men. Not only does he not seem book-smart in the first issue or two, he isn't blue at all in the first 8 issues, which is as far as I've gotten so far. Anyway, here's an example from issue #1 of something that Hank said in the first issue that seems way out of character:
And here's a frame from issue #3 which shows our friend Hank McCoy holding a calculus book with his toes, like he does in every other incarnation of X-Men I have ever seen.
Anyway, I'm really enjoying my first foray into comic books. It's opened up a whole new world of wasting time that my wife will surely come to hate.