I'm a long time fan of comic books, having been collecting various titles for the best part of 20 years. One of my favourites being The X-Men. I devoured the various titles Uncanny X-Men, New X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, X-Factor, Generation-X, basically anything with an 'X' (Sasha Grey not withstanding - noooooooooooooooooooooooooooch ). Being such a huge fan I ate up the 'X' movies, I absolutely loved X2 (Nightcrawlers attack on the White House is incredible) and I even found some love for the lacklusture Last Stand and Wolverine. However, last night I watched X-Men: First Class and now have a new favourite in the 'X' series. The movie is a prequel and explores the origins of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, who eventally become Professor X and Magneto. Fans of the movies will love the knowing nods to the existing trilogy and will be in rapture during some inspired cameos scenes. Comic book fans, will of course be picky - Darwin and Angel Salvadore in that era? Not according to the comic books. An American Moira MacTaggert and Sean Cassidy? Do me a favour! However, as a comic book fan, there's more than enough there to get even the most anal 'X' fan clapping - I'm looking at you Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club! In a movie full of standout moments there is one thing that shines out more, no, not Mystique running about blue and nekkid, well, yes that, but also Michael Fassbender who plays Erik/Magneto. As the movie press says, surely he's a shoe in as a future James Bond? 4/5 stars.