X-Men: Odd Men Out #1
“Odd Men Out”
Writer: Roger Stern
Penciler: Dave Cockrum; Inker: Joe Rubenstein
This Dave Cockrum tribute issue features two unpublished stories by the late artist, the first boasts a smoking (!) Wolverine, the second deals exclusively with the New Mutants.
“Odd Men Out” is very similar to ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #138, but instead of a funeral, we witness the retelling of the history of the X-Men in the guise of a conversation between Professor Xavier and former FBI agent Frederick Amos Duncan.
A most unremarkable story, I must admit, but it is nice to see the first artist of the original New X-Men (and the first to render Logan’s face) one final time.
From Marvel (preview): “Featuring two never-before-seen stories illustrated by the late, legendary Dave Cockrum. First up, relive the history of the X-Men, as recounted by Professor X and his old friend, former FBI Agent Fred Duncan. Then, the New Mutants – Rictor, Boom Boom, Cannonball, Rusty, Skids, Sunspot and Wolvesbane – face off against the Mad Thinker.” On sale July 30, 2008.