X- Rated X- Men
released OUT NOW! Publisher Titan Comics Writer Noel Clarke Artist J Cassara
issues 1- 4 With the scope of the story solely in the hands of artist J Cassara, comics arguably provide Noel Clarke with a wider canvas than the limited budget of a film like Storage 24 or The Anomaly. Echoing the conspiracy theories of the latter, The Troop is also heavily indebted to X- Men; it centres on a disparate group of teenage superheroes whose personal issues are as significant as their burgeoning abilities.
Adopting a traditional structure, Clarke devotes the first three issues to introducing his cast as they’re recruited by mysterious billionaire Edward; this means that their battle with malevolent secret organisation The Illusion doesn’t really get started until the fourth issue of this opening five- part run.
Despite the promotion emphasising the graphic nature of some material, Clarke seldom lapses into gratuitousness, instead portraying his adolescent protagonists’ behaviour in a naturalistic fashion. Bringing to mind Jim Lee and Humberto Ramos, Cassara proves a perfect foil – a scene where the water- based Torrent manifests out of a toilet is particularly memorable. Chuck in some nods to Doctor Who and even Game Of Thrones, and you’ve got Clarke’s most consistent and rewarding work to date.
Noel Clarke has plans for another five‑issue run of The Troop, as well as a spin- off series called Girl 1.
She’s never going to patch those jeans.