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All-New X-Men #16 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on September 5, 2013 AT 08:01pm

The second chapter of the Battle Of The Atom event is here, and while the first chapter was released on the same day, it’s already looking like this major event is gaining some traction. With the time stream severely damaged and the original X-Men still in the present, the X-Men of the future drop in to let everyone know that things kind of suck in the future and that it’s all their fault. Especially that of the original team, who, despite, protests to the contrary, want to stay in the present and prevent some of the events that brought about some problems to their lives (like Jean’s lack of life) from happening. Bringing in a team from the past, present and future into play is a risky move, but so far, things have been complicated but fun, including this second chapter.

The X-Men universe is going to be pretty confusing for a little while. There are doubles of most characters now, and even a few in triplicate. New characters have emerged and some now look vastly different from their present counterparts. There’s also the fact that everyone is fighting, some more than others, and that a few members of the original team, whose presence is the reason this whole mess started, are going off to do their own thing, despite that being a really bad idea. There is really no semblance of distinction between books aside from art style, which doesn’t help matters. Major conversations and events from the Uncanny team appear here, and that’s likely going to happen in other books as well, with this feeling just like a major event all on it’s own, instead of a crossover between several books.

Brian Bendis is the architect for another major Marvel event, and so far, he’s been doing things in a similar fashion to his others; there are a lot of characters, a lot of moving parts, and a lot of talking, which is something Bendis is pretty good at. There’s also some major points of character development, which Bendis is great at. While it’s still hard to follow (and getting harder), this event has a lot going for it, and this is the top book of the X-Universe at the moment. Bringing this event into the fold is likely one of the main reasons that this book was even created, and with it comes some major issues, and likely some major consequences.

The All-New art team is here, and the books looks as great as it always has. Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia are a terrific team, and this book looks wonderful, as always. There’s a lot to draw in these books, with as many characters as there are, but it’s all handled well, especially the All-New takes on some of the Uncanny team members that had only been seen in Uncanny X-Men. There’s little else to say about this team other than they are fantastic, and will hopefully keep up the great work.

Summary: This is going to get confusing. Lots of characters with different motivations, but also with room for a lot of development and fun. The art style in this book is as great as it always is, and while the plot is getting pretty intense, this is still the best X-book on the market right now, and a major event isn’t changing that, thus far.

Pros: Wonderful artwork, good character development.

Cons: Complex plot.

Grade: A


Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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