Posted on June 7, 2013 AT 06:13am
It’s another crossover for the All-New X-Men in this issue, really hammering home the idea that is Marvel NOW! universe is an interconnected existence. This time, the All-New team meets up with an old friend in Havok and his Uncanny Avengers. This becomes an interesting reunion for the Summers brothers, and a brand new dilemma for both sides of the conflict as Mystique and her team begin to heat things up more and more.
This issue shows off the Uncanny Avengers and their leader, the former X-Man Havok. While Alex Summers and crew meet up with the original X-Men to discuss some very unfortunate events, their civil talk gets a bit more intense as the naive Original team makes some major assumptions and goes off their rocker a little bit, not quite understanding the massive history of both teams and their members. Meanwhile, Mystique is off doing some villainous stuff with her team of Sabertooth and Lady Mastermind, effectively putting a thorn in the sides of every hero involved in this title. Fun stuff going on in the X-universe at the moment, and it looks like there will be much more to come in the near future. The only issue with this series is that there are really no defined arcs, which makes things difficult to follow as far as jumping on points.
Brian Bendis seems to be having a lot of fun with this book, especially with his penchant for throwing some major players into the mix along with the team. Not keeping the X-Men isolated to their own pocket universe is something that has really helped the series thus far, and will hopefully continue to do so. This issue is really strong, and his depiction of these iconic characters has been spot on thus far, especially given the amount of hell they have gone through and continue to go through.
The art team on this book is phenomenal. Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia effectively outdo themselves every issue, and fill-in colorist Rain Beredo keeps this tradition going. There is very little to say negatively about the artwork done in this series, but there is one thing that doesn’t go over quite as well this time around. The art style seems to shift stylistically after the plot shifts to another group of characters, and for a book that looks so good, this sudden change doesn’t work out as well as it seems like it should. Taking a new art style based on a new set of characters is a very cool idea, but it just doesn’t work in this issue.
Summary: This book, despite not really having defined arcs after the first dozen issues, is one of the best on the market. The artwork, aside from the odd style change in the middle of the title, looks as great as ever, and with the massive crossovers that take place, this is a series to continually watch, if only for the guest stars.
Pros: Amazing artwork and writing, lots of great character development.
Cons: Odd art style changes, lack of true story arcs.
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