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All-New X-Men #4 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on December 21, 2012 AT 09:49pm

The Merry Mutants are back once again, and if things were interesting before, they sure as hell are now. With Hank McCoy’s secondary mutation threatening his life, the man known as The Beast made the decision to go back in time and bring forth the original five X-Men, including himself, to see what the world has become, especially Cyclops. As Scott Summers’ views have become more and more extreme over the years, he’s also become more militant, and gone against many of his former philosophies. With a mutant revolution, lead by Cyclops, at risk, McCoy risks it all to try and help stop a catastrophe before it can begin, even if it kills him.

So far, writer Brian Michael Bendis has been spectacular in this series, finding a way to mix the complex time-shifting of the original team with the situations in the present. So far, despite many other writers taking the characters down the path that has lead to this, Bendis is handling the individual journeys very well. There’s still the impending time issue that will likely never be addressed, but at this point, it’s becoming a forgettable oversight. This is an action-packed and entertaining series so far, and it’ll likely only get crazier as the Merry Mutants face their present counterparts in more dangerous situations. It’s a bit short this time, with under two dozen pages making up the entire issue, but that said, a lot seemed to happen this time around.

The art team of Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia are one of the best teams in all of comics. They bring the trademark Marvel shine to the series, with immaculate detail and great color work throughout the issue. This issue is not quite as shard as the first three, with a bit less of the detail that was seen in the first three shown in this one. Some of the human figures are a bit less flashed out, but it still looks great. If the level of beauty that has been seen in this series thus far continues, this will be one of the best looking books on the market, to go along with the exciting story.

The only real drawback of the book thus far is that it’s going in too many directions at once. The story-lines of Cyclops’ team, the original five and the current team jump back and forth between one another, and with less that two dozen pages to divide between the three and their impending interactions with one another, it can get a bit hard to follow.

Summary: Four issues in and already there is a ton going on. McCoy is in a bad way, Cyclops (both of them) is having a total meltdown, and the original five are in no way happy with how things have turned out in their future. While a bit short, it looks brilliant, reads well, and is a very fun book. Bendis, Immonen, Von Grawbadger and Gracia are holding nothing back in this one, and they’re seeing it pay off in spades.

The Good: Terrific Writing And Artwork

The Bad: Plot Jumping Can Get Confusing

The Ugly: Far Too Short For The Multiple Plots

Score: 8.5



Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for DigitalNoob.com. 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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