Posted on August 8, 2013 AT 04:16pm
With the fight between the past and the present raging, the All-New team of the original X-Men and the present team over at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning battle not only Mystique and the New Brotherhood, but also Madame Hydra and her forces. With no one really knowing what’s going on and a potential entity of immense destruction possibly taking hold, things are looking like a great big ball of chaos. With Lady Mastermind attempting to gain the upper hand by messing with the newly gained psychic abilities of Jean Grey, this could wind up being a pretty ugly sight.
This issue is full of action and suspense, with Jean just beginning to push the limits of her abilities and the rest of the All-New team finally beginning to show some of the teamwork that made them legends. There are some great moments in this, and the relationship between past Cyclops and(Slight Spoiler)his older brother Havok is one of the most touching points of this series thus far, as the relationship between Alex Summers and his present optically-challenged brother is a bit more strenuous. The issue is very well done and more exciting than any other in the series thus far, though the cover is basically a complete cop-out, as it shows Jean Grey and the original Mastermind, indicating Jean’s demise into the hands of Mastermind once again, which didn’t really happen whatsoever.
Brian Bendis is really shaping the X-Men universe to his will here, and writing a spectacular series ramping up to the big X-event, Battle of the Atom. The team is really getting into shape and while a bit green still, their powers are shaping up quite nicely and their abilities to work together are improving, which shows in spades in this issue. It’s got humor and action, and a lot of dialog, something in which Bendis is known for, either for good or bad.
The core art team of Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia do an excellent job, as always. This is a beautiful book, and the action sequences are terrific, making this one of the best books in comics, especially when the team gets to show off a bit, making gorgeous two page spreads and insane battle scenes.
Summary: Don’t let the cover fool you, but Mastermind is not quite the factor he looks to be in this issue. Either way, though, this is a fun book with a lot of great things going for it. With terrific artwork and a superstar writer, All-New X-Men is one of the books that everyone should be reading.
Pros: Great Story, Beautiful Artwork
Cons: Cover Art Doesn’t Match Story
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