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All-New X-Men #8 [Marvel Comics]

Posted on March 11, 2013 AT 08:16pm

The Time-Traveling Mutants meet up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the newest issue of All-New X-Men. After a series of tumultuous events that has mainly existed inside the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning and focusing on the main mutants themselves. This issue some other events happen, and those include special appearances by The Avengers and terrorist organization HYDRA. This issue continues to amaze, mainly thanks to stellar artwork by David Marquez and Marte Gracia, but incredible writing from Brian Michael Bendis as well.

The X-Men have brought quite the force upon themselves with the undertaking of the original five X-Men living in their home in the modern day. So far, while there’s been a fair share of problems, there’s also been some very fun moments, especially watching Kitty Pryde and Iceman bond over being immature. With the knowledge that the Avengers are now aware of this time anomaly, it’s not going to get any easier for the Children Of The Atom, but knowing them, they’ll get through it one way or another. The twist to the end of the issue (something Bendis is showing incredible skill at pulling off) is also very cool, and long time X-fans may be having some second thoughts about the character progression of a fan favorite character.

Bendis is a master, and proves it with every issue. His writing is fluid, concise and fun, all while carrying the gravity of every situation along with it. From the silly to the powerful, and especially with the surprising plot turns that have come thus far, Bendis is proving that his time running an X-Universe title (two, actually) is going to be well spent shaping the future of the franchise.

While initially, the thought of Stuart Immonen being removed from this book for a bit in favor of David Marquez was a questionable choice, it’s showing to have made little difference in the enjoyment and aesthetic of the book as a whole. While his style is a bit different, the continuity added by colorist Marte Gracia is helping continue to make this book a visually stunning title. Marquez has a bit less of an edge than Immonen seems to have in his style, but this is something that is only truly noticeable if looking for it, and as far as the series goes, both artists are fantastic. There are no majorly stunning pages in the issue, but that’s likely a result of plot rather than ability to create powerful scenes.

Summary: With some great character development and some heavy hitting cameos, this issue of All-New X-Men is nearly as impressive as the others. While there aren’t as many stand out pages as there have been in the past, this series continues to impress with every installment, and the next two weeks are going to be a bit slower, due to not having another to read until then.

The Good: Near Perfect Artwork And Writing

The Bad: Lack Of Dynamic Panels In Comparison To Previous Issues

The Ugly: N/A

Score: 9.0

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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