Posted on June 15, 2013 AT 07:31pm
The All-New team is getting on over its head in the latest issue of their hit series, with one member of the original team leaving the group to join Cyclops and the Uncanny team, as well as some not so friendly faces to the X-Men making an appearance (a team which includes an old member of the one of the earlier X-Men groups). With so much happening in this issue, it looks as though this team is going to be hitting some major rough patches in the near future, as the changing of the timeline is making things quite complicated for the team.
It’s been known since the last issue of Uncanny X-Men who the defecting member of the original team was, but for the sake of spoilers this character will not be mentioned just yet. Their decision to leave, however, is making things very complicated for the other members of the original five, Jean Grey especially. Due to the changing of the timeline, Jean has become a much different person than the woman who would one day be known as the Phoenix. Her actions against the Angel a few issues ago are a prime example, and she’s only seeming to spiral downward from that point. With Cyclops’ Uncanny team whisking a member of the five away, other pieces are moving all around them, creating a multifaceted plot that has several webs breaking off of it. This was a very well done issue with some great moments that is setting this series up as the penultimate X book.
After some weaker issues on the other side of the fence in Uncanny X-Men, Brian Michael Bendis is continuing to shine in this title. This issue is action packed and sets up some major plot points for later on in the series, though it almost seems as though this title can’t get by without help from characters from other titles by this point. This issue marks yet another appearance by a different team of heroes, not to mention the Uncanny team making yet another appearance. The first several issues set-up the major arcs for the team, but now that they’re getting going, there are too many guest appearances to really give the original five too much emphasis.
The artwork on this book is mind-blowing in every issue. Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia knock it out of the park every time this series hits shelves. The bright colors and fine detail work make this a visually stunning comic to see on every page, especially with the fine background work that comes on every panel. Not often is inking really made a note of, but Von Grawbadger deserves some credit for his work on this book. Bringing out the complex lighting effects that come up after some of these dynamic poses must be difficult for both he and Gracia, but the line work on these characters really helps them pop on every character at all times. This is an incredible art team, so congratulations to them all for heir work on this series.
Summary: After an issue that kind of fell under the radar with the tenth issue, All-New X-Men bounces right back with another great installment. The suspense, action and overall beauty of this comic continues to amaze with every issue, and with some big plot points coming up soon, this looks to be a turning point in what could become a major series.
Pros: Gorgeous Artwork, Great Writing
Cons: Guest Stars Take Away From Main Cast
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