There's no copyright info as far as I can see, though I assume this graphic novel was published this year. Mind, I don't generally post about the comics I read, but I figured I'd put up one about X-Campus, as I'd just finished it and it's reasonably self-contained. (I really SHOULD put up a review of the full series Y: The Last Man, which I've also recently finished, but in that case I really should revise my essay on it instead. So instead, concerning Y, I'll just say this: It's very good. Go read it. Then please talk to me about it, because zomg.)
Anyway. X-Campus is a graphic novel which is a retelling of Marvel's X-Men, the main difference being a number of the iconic X-Men (Rogue, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Iceman, etc.) are teenagers, and some are teachers/staff at a private high school. This is not Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, either: he's a teacher there (so is Magneto!), but he does not run the school itself.
This is the kind of crap that I love, so it's no wonder Dre suggested a friend of ours get it for me for Christmas (I didn't even know it exists). And I did very much enjoy reading it. The story is decently concise and self-contained; a rudimentary knowledge of the X-Men is useful, but not necessary, and by the end of the graphic novel all loose ends are tied up.
Things that I really like:
1. Codenames are minimized - they're high school students; why do they actually need them?
2. The X-Men as fairly normal students is fun to watch. Examples: Cyclops, instead of being the uptight leader he's generally thought of as, is instead an awkward, skinny dork of a teenager with no control over his powers. Wolverine, instead of the eXtreem badass with a heart of gold we're used to (sigh) is instead a kid who likes to act tougher than he is and - while a decently effective bully - is not good at getting girls.
3. While there are villains, and they're pretty super, they're not actually supervillains in the truest sense. Example: Juggernaut is abusing his powers on the football field, not wreaking havoc in a wacky costume. Actually, nobody has wacky costumes.
Things I don't like:
1. The art style took a little while for me to get used to. It's not bad, but Rogue seriously looked like she was stoned/disinterested in everything even when she was (apparently) highly interested (or traumatized). Later, she didn't look so bad to me - so I must have either gotten used to it or she actually did look stoned at first.
2. I've always thought that Professor Xavier's a little creepy and overbearing/demanding - maybe it's that whole SUPER POWERFUL TELEPATH thing - and that so has not changed for me with this comic. Oh well. It's just Xavier being Xavier.
Anyway, fun read. I recommend it if high school X-Men is your kind of thing. Otherwise, you'll probably hate it. Edited to add: Also, flight is a waaaaay cooler power when nobody else can do it. Just saying.
Up next: Chuck Klosterman's Eating the Dinosaur, since I've finished it.