All New X-Men #3 Review

Cyclop’s X-Men continue to track down and recruit mutants from across the world, but for what purpose?

Here is the summary from Marvel:

The flagship X-Book marches on! • The original 5 X-Men are back, but that’s not all that’s happening. • What happened to the Phoenix 5 from AVENGERS VS. X-MEN?

This issue catches up on Scott Summers and his band of X-Men (Magneto & Magik) as they continue to find newly emerging mutants around the world, turning the old Weapon X facility into their new base of operations. We follow them as they break out Scott’s girlfriend, (it’s unclear after AvX if they are still together) Emma Frost, and it is here where we learn the side effects of having the Phoenix leave them.

Brian Michael Bendis continues to captain the “flagship” X-Book, and this issue is certainly headed into unfriendly waters. Scott is portrayed as a whiny child who doesn’t want to accept the responsibility for his actions during AvX, which is contradictory to the end of the event where he knew exactly knew what he did and accepted it. The dialogue has a couple confusing bits amd comes off as a bit clunky and disorganized, which is a bit uncharacteristic of Bendis. The only one written like an adult in this book really is Magik (Maybe its the souless thing). Scott whines about how it wasn’t him to get pity from Emma, Emma gives him the silent treatment like she’s 5 and Magneto whines at Scott for his powers. Scott does however have a sad moment lamenting on what happened to his powers which was nice.

Stuart Immonen does a fantastic job with the art however, showing the changes in the groups powers, although they can look a bit awkward at times. While, he does add a bit more to the story visually, it doesn’t help that it does not allow the script to flow better. Making the more clunky bits stand out more.

All New X-Men is a good book, and while the issue does have a nice ending, the rest of the issue suffers from misrepresentation of certain characters and sometimes confusing art and dialogue. This title can do better as evident by the 1st 2 issues, but the end of this issue looks to put things back in friendly territory.



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