The GeeksverseAll-New X-Men #1

All-New X-Men #1
Published on Friday, November 16, 2012 by

Probably the most anticipated book from Marvel Now! Bendis comes to the X-Men and the originals return.

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by: Stuart Immonen
Inked by: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colored by: Marte Garcia
Lettered by: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by: Immonen, Von Grawbadger & Garcia
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor: Nick Lowe

When the premise of this book was first announced, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that gave a “huh”. The original X-Men; Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel; all come to the future. The biggest question would be why?

There’s a lot of storytelling potential in the situation. How will they see their future selves? How will they react? How will they be changed by this? We’ve seen covers for issue #5 that hints at how Jean Grey sees it, since her future self is dead.

And it’s always having the young meet the old. Will the young, innocent view affect the older and grizzled? How will the young change when he realizes what he becomes? Lots of stories, and can be some good ones. But why?

The X-Men have always been complicated and this will only make it more so. Really, we’re back to where we were before AvX with the two sides of X-Men, Cyclops and Wolverines. It’s just the role call that has changed as well as Scott Summers outlook. But this is still the result of schism and even without AvX, this is probably where Cyclops would have ended up. Now we just get to see more mutants popping up.

The event that brings the younger X-Men forward feels forced, created specifically for this story. When did the Beast start mutating again? He’s dying because of it? This seems like something that should have been built to, at least the extra mutation part of it. The other part, Beast being tired and not wanting Scott to see what he’s become, that makes perfect sense and is conveyed excellantly.

I’m just not sure the Beast would go back in time.

Bendis’ strengths are highlighted in this issue. The script is strong, the pacing good, the plot is decent enough. I have to admit that even though I don’t particularly like the idea of bringing the younger X-Men to the future, I’m intrigued to see what the results are. Like I said, there’s a lot of story to be mined here. I just don’t want it to distract from the rest of the X-universe. There’s a lot of characters there that deserve story time.

Immonen has worked with Bendis a lot and it shows. The two are pretty seamless together now. The panels flow smoothly, work well with the story. The trademark Bendis two page spreads are here in force. Immonen has always been a strong storyteller with very clean pencils. Always been a fan of his work. Some good stuff in this issue.

4 out of 5

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