Out time displaced X-Men find themselves in another universe. But how will they react when they realise this? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
• Dimension-hopping is something of an X-Men rite of passage and it’s about time the All-New X-Men took the plunge!
• I guess you don’t always have to travel Miles away to visit a new place…
• But will the web they find themselves tangled in Ultimately bring about their end?
Back when All-New X-Men first started a couple of years ago, I couldn’t get enough of it, with it being one of my favourite series. Unfortunately however since last years Battle of the Atom event I have lost love for this series, with the last few issues really frustrating me. I am however generally an optimist, so when it was first revealed that Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man would be teaming up with the original X-Men, I was super excited.
Brian Michael Bendis has made me start to care for this series again, as though the story has a long way to go before becoming a must read, the series as a whole shows signs of improvement. The excitement that Bendis adds through the character confrontations really helps to liven things up, with the Jean Grey/Miles Morales and Angel/Jimmy Hudson interactions in particular grabbing my interest. Despite all this I did feel that everything moved too sudden, with there being little to no time for proper introductions, with Jean herself reiterating this point by forcefully looking into Miles’ thoughts.
Mahmud Asrar handles the artwork on this issue, with his layouts being both fluid and intense. He also manages to capture the character tones brilliantly, with Miles’ hand movements in particular helping to show the emotion that his mask hides. I did however especially enjoy when Jean went into Miles mind, with the double spread showing Miles past in a very vivid way. Marte Gracia‘s bright colours also help liven things up, with her choice of colours adding more depth to the visuals. I also have to commend Sara Pichelli for the wonderful cover, with the Uncanny X-Men #139 homage putting a smile on this Kitty Pryde fan.
All-New X-Men is finally heading in the right direction, with this trip to the Ultimate Universe being just what the series needed. Recommended.