Posted on July 2, 2013 AT 07:59pm
After the first dozen issues, the All-New team of X-Men are here and working on many fronts all at the same time, especially when it comes to the inexperience and flat out awkwardness of having the original team back from the past. With the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants planning something big, the Uncanny Avengers (and specifically their leader, Alex “Havok” Summers) watching them like hawks and the team itself on shaky ground, can the mutants at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning make it through yet another problem?
Well, it looks like the impact felt by the X-Men and their re-acquaintance with Jean Grey is getting more and more complex. The young telepath is running into all sorts of problems controlling her new powers and dealing with the fallout of whatever her future self seemed to do before dying a few times. This issue is no different, as the team moves in to stop Mystique from enacting her plan to use some stolen funds to make a big purchase and a member of the Brotherhood puts their own revenge plan into place.
Of the multiple X-books out there (and of the two written by Brian Bendis), this is likely the best book in the X-Men universe. It’s full of conflict and turmoil, brings back lots of memories for fans of some of the older story arcs, and brings some of the most popular characters back from the grave or from some sort of mental break. This issue is looking to continue the major story of the return of the original five X-Men, the fallout of the return of Jean Grey, the future of mutantkind and the plans of their enemies, all of which are happening all at once to this already scattered team. This is a great issue for those who have been reading the title, as it has been since the very beginning. Bendis is doing a terrific job on this book so far, and is likely one of the best of his current stable of titles.
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Rain Beredo are a stellar team of artistic masterminds who have continued to make this one of the best books on the market in terms of aesthetics. The colors pop, the lighting effects are intense and the characters look amazing, making this a great book not only to read, but to look at. Young Iceman still looks like a blue-white blob, but overall, this is a very beautiful title.
Summary:If there was anything negative to say about this book, it would be this: there feels like a bit of inconsistency in the release schedule, making it a bit tough to keep a consistent handle on when this book is coming out. What was once a bi-monthly book comes out once or twice a month depending on each month, and it’s a bit tough to keep an eye out for. Always worth it every month, however.
Pros: Strong story, artwork and presentation.
Cons: Out of sync release schedule.
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