All New X-Men #1 Review

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One of Marvel’s most hyped NOW! books has hit stands, but is it all just hot air?

Here is the summary from Marvel:

Marvel Now! The five original X-Men have been plucked from yesteryear and sent to the present. How will they deal with the current state of Xavier’s dream, and how will today’s X-Men cope with facing their former selves?

The X-Universe and the world at large has changed. Mutants are once again emerging thanks to the Phoenix force, and the same problems that once plagued them are beginning once again. Scott Summers (Cyclops) has broken out of prison with the help of Magneto & Magik  and has begun finding young mutants and recruiting them. This doesn’t go over well with Storm and the others (Beast, Shadowcat, & Iceman) at the Jean Grey school, who thinks action should be taken against Scott’s outlaw behavior. Beast agrees and takes a trip through time to find a solution.

Brian Michael Bendis now holds the fate of the world’s mutants in his hands as he is now scribe of the world’s mightiest mutants. His first outing is a good one, the story structure giving a nod to the older stories in X-history, but also continuing right where AvX: Consequences ended. Bendis also gives a bit of focus to Beast in this issue who is going to another mutation, he also expands the scope of Cyclops and his teams actions by the locations they show up in.

Stuart Immonen’s artwork is once again stellar, making each character, old and new, stand out from the rest. Drawing dynamic action scenes and detailing the characters well. The art is also helped by the bold inks by Wade von Grawbadger, making each character and scene pop.

While the story is a bit familiar, it is a still a welcome one. With nods to the oldies, but also having a nice set-up for future issues of the series. Bendis succeeds in giving us enough meat to keep us satisfied but also teases us enough where we come back for next issue. The set up looks ripe for that gut punch that REALLY makes this story worth reading. Recommend.


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