Posted on December 6, 2012 AT 07:39pm
The time-traveling tale of the original Merry Mutants just got a whole lot more interesting in the latest issue of All-New X-Men. The Brian Michael Bendis/Stuart Immonen product follows the old adage of time travel, with present-day Hank McCoy bringing the original five X-Men (his past self included) into the future to stop what would become a mutant revolution, led by one of the original five, Cyclops, who’s views have become a bit more extreme over the past few years.
This issue is mainly focused on Mister Summers and his cadre of mutant revolutionaries: Magneto, Magik and the very, very angry Emma Frost (Note: Catch up on the events of Avengers Vs. X-Men to figure out why). The group has been finding new mutants to join their cause, and there have been a lot of them popping up as of late, and a bit of a vacuum as far as recruiting new mutants is concerned. The result of exposure to the Phoenix Force in AvX is having some unexpected side-effects, and now the entire plan Cyclops has concocted is in jeopardy, just in time for even more complications to arise with the flip side of this story.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis has gone out of his way to take a major shot at X culture before even taking on this book, but he is so far proving that he can run an X-book as well as anyone. The writing is crisp and exciting, the characters are accurate in their personalities and reactions, and the entire story, aside from the continuing time-jump problem (which will likely persist throughout the book and never be addressed), is so well-done that it’s a wonder this kind of story arc has never been undertaken. Bendis has complete and utter control over this book, and the X-Men franchise looks to be in very good hands.
The art team of Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia have found a way to take the modern beauty of Marvel Comics artwork, apply it towards modern-day and past characters and still make no one look out of place. The appearance of the original era X-Men in a modern age could have been an absolute disaster, but the art staff takes the look, and makes it look both accurate and modern at the same time, creating a beautiful aesthetic in the process.
While this book finally focuses on Cyke’s crew for the first time in the series, stretching this original entry out a bit may have been a good idea. The flow is a bit off, especially in comparison to the first two issues, moving a bit too fast with a little too much glossing over than was required. Team Cyke moves from their own individual issues to more of a group problem very quickly, barely glancing over the glaring flaws currently on their plates before moving on. It may have been necessary to get the plot to where it needed to be, but it still seemed a bit rushed.
Summary: Bendis, Immonen, Von Grawbadger and Gracia are crafting a masterpiece with this series, and watching the title progress from issue to issue is wonderful to behold. While there are still a few kinks to be worked out, this book is moving along incredibly well, making it likely the best new addition to the Marvel Universe yet.
- THE GOOD: Strong Writing, Terrific Artwork
- THE BAD: Plot Flow Is A Bit Too Fast-Paced
- THE UGLY: Lingering Time Travel Issue Is A Bit Frustrating
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