Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Hello there comic book fans, today’s review will be kinda of a big one encompassing All New X-Men #5-14 review, because I felt that instead of giving you a bunch of little reviews I might as well read a bit more and give more of a story arc review. So far we know that the present day Beast had gone be into time bringing the original X-Men team to the present with the hope that the past Cyclops would possibly wake up present day Cyclops to how he has been making a big mistake and that he is not promoting Professor Xavier’s dreams, instead he has become a mutant terrorist. After that disastrous encounter that does damage to the original X-Men team, we have the original X-Men, that consist of teen versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, Beast, Angel, and Iceman, deciding to stay in the present to see if they can change things for the better and give some meaning to their life despite their roller coaster of a future that is ahead of them.
I have been reading this series for a bit and I can say I got a deep understanding of the story and can see where Bendis is going with his series. And I gotta say I’m loving it, I haven’t been loving his stories in the Avengers’ universe for awhile, but his writing style is an amazing fit in this series. I have always felt Avengers were about were more about saving the world, being superheroes and the drama that goes with it, while the X-Men for me has been more in the realm of a soap, drama focus, personality and character driven with sprinkles of superhero actions. The X-Men has always been driven by emotion and drama, the battle between inner turmoil, the drama of persecution, with a good mix of superhero action. And Bendis has been nailing it down for me so far in All New X-Men series, great character interaction, good action scenes, and giving these characters great believable personalities that fits them.
I have said it before that I wasn’t sure about the premise of this series, where we get the original teenager X-Men traveled forward thru time into present day X-Men time. But surprisingly and thankfully Bendis convinced me that this was an ingenious idea, which this makes for some great story ideas. We get great drama, with the teenager X-Men feeling the effects of knowing their future and how it weighs on them and how it destroys their group dynamic. So far we get to see the effects on the team as a whole, and individually with Jean Grey and Scott Summers mainly. With the focus mainly on Jean, makes sense with how roller coaster like her life becomes, its amazingly believable and natural seeing how Jean’s life can actually affect her innocent teenager mind. For Scott, we get to see how the naive teenager Boy Scout that Cyclops was in his younger days reflect on the 360 version of himself of present day. We really see that these characters are really naïve teenagers in a world that they know nothing of, in a future that they a very disappointed in, Only criticism is so far, from , that we get little story time on characters like teenager Iceman, Beast, and Angel, no real page time for them to since. Which I think is a big shame, because even in present day stories, those character don’t get consistent page time, very little to nothing that makes them key characters to the X-Men universe besides them being founding members.
As for art, Stuart Immonen continues to amaze me and completely satisfy my need for beautiful art, and complete the great writing with great art that all comics should have. I have always love Stuart’s art, always beautiful and very detailed, great looking character designs, amazing facial and body expression, gorgeous fight scenes and good looking backgrounds. Added to that are the colors by Marte Gracia and ink work by Wade Von Grawbadger, which just added to the beauty that we see on the page, giving strong lines and good shading, and nice color values and popping backgrounds. Quality of art is very consistent throughout the series so far, continuous high quality and detail pages with many favorite moments on the pages.
All in all, I’m loving the All New X-Men series so far, I loving Bendis take on the X-Men characters, love his characterization of the characters especially the original X-Men team. I have been pleasantly surprised by this series, much like most of the other X-Men fans who were totally against the premise of this series, but hopefully like me, we are loving that he didn’t it. And it doesn’t hurt that this series has one of the top artist in the industry with Stuart Immonen, adding to the joy of this series. So far this series is a “Definite Buy” as a whole, a must read series for any X-Men fan let alone comic book fan.
Here are some more covers of the All New X-Men #5-14, if you think this is up your alley then be sure to pick up this series which should be in stores now, and like always Have Fun Reading! And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.