Posted on August 9, 2013 AT 02:31pm
Just as the big “Battle of the Atom” event is set to begin, the All-New team takes a small breather in what is one of the more light-hearted issues of this intense and complicated series. With the original team off doing their own thing (four of them at the mansion, and Angel hanging out with the Uncanny team), the teachers at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning get to do what they actually need to do for a change, and attempt to teach. This issue isn’t high on action, but it does have plenty of other things going for it, and it’s a nice dip in excitement before the big arc begins with the first part of “Battle Of The Atom” in sight.
This issue is a lot of odd things that haven’t really taken place in this issue, many of which make the team of mutants a bit more human. The team splits off a bit, with Bobby Drake and Scott Summers taking some time to bond, and the same going for Hank McCoy (both past and present) and Jean Grey. While aside from a few small conflicts here and there, this is mostly a focus on the relationships of the characters themselves, which is a great insight into not just the conflicts of mutants, but the mutants themselves.
Brian Michael Bendis has been doing a terrific job working with the merry mutants, and in this issue, he brings his skills with words into the play in a serious fashion. While he’s really doing a number on continuity, it’s still a fun trek that will likely be felt for years to come, especially with the appearance of the original team themselves. He’s still doing a great job building the bonds that have made the X-Men such a powerful and cohesive unit, even if they’re not the same pairings that have been a part of continuity for so long.
There is a new art team on the issue, likely to support the kind nature of the content. David Lafuente and Jim Campbell do a great job as a part of the art team, but it’s nowhere near the same level of detail that the usual art team provides in each issue. There are many panels that look like they’re for a younger audience. The usual art team will likely be back soon, and while this is a nice departure from the norm, it’s not the same.
Summary: With some warm humor and a few touching moments, this is a fun issue to give the usual intensity a bit of a rest. The art team does a solid job but cannot live up to the impossible standard of the title’s usual team. With the “Battle Of The Atom” on the way, it looks like the All-New team is in for a rude awakening after their tender moments in this issue.
Pros: Solid Writing, Touching Moments
Cons: Unfamiliar Art Team
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