All New X-Men #1 Review: A New Team for a New Marvel
New X-Men for the new Marvel NOW!
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils by Stuart Immonen
Inks by Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors by Marte Gracia
Letters by Cory Petit
Edited by Nick Lowe and Jordan D. White
Published by Marvel Comics
Release date 14 November, 2012
Brian Michael Bendis’ new take on the X-Men proves to be yet another solid addition to the ranks of Marvel NOW! As with quite a few of the Marvel NOW! books, All New X-Men is dealing with the aftermath of the Avengers Vs. X-Men event. Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, has ended his short time in prison and is now working alongside Emma Frost and Magneto to liberate the mutant race. Cyclops’ choice of actions have concerned his former X-crew. Now Storm, Beast, Shadowcat and Iceman must come up with a way to deal with Cyclops. Beast finds a solution in the past, where he asks the young Scott Summers to travel through time and face his future self.
While All New X-Men left me with mixed feelings, I will say that it is quite solid. However, this series was sold on the concept of having the X-Men team of the original Silver Age comics traveling to the present. This concept is not acted upon until the final pages of this issue. Even with this minor disappointment, All New X-Men #1 is a great first issue that appeals to both new and longtime readers. The focus is primarily set-up for concurrent issues, but given the circumstances, this is acceptable. It is nice to see a plot-driven superhero book like this after the action-heavy events of Avengers Vs. X-Men. If issue #1 is an indication, Brian Michael Bendis will have the same success with All New X-Men that he had with The Avengers.
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