REVIEW: All-New X-Men #1

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They are the original X-Men: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman. Created by Professor Charles Xavier to further his goals of peaceful human/mutant co-existence, they protected humanity in a world that hates and fears them. Since their first adventures, many changes have happened. Roster changes, secondary evolutions, deaths, rebirths, and more deaths. How will the original team pulled from their time into the modern world react to their future selves and the current state of Xavier’s dream?

ALL NEW X-MEN #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Letterer: VC’s Corey Petit
Colorist: Marte Garcia
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in All New X-Men #1: After his fellow mutant prison mate is killed, Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, realizes he can no longer be a “political prisoner.” With the help of Magneto, Danger and Magik, he breaks out of prison. Scott resolves to help his fellow mutants from being exploited and incarcerated by humans like he was. With his few remaining allies, he will save his people, even if it means destruction and human loss. Meanwhile, the other X-Men deal with the growing fear of humanity amidst the mutant rebirth.

SO BEAST CAN TIME-TRAVEL

Brian Michael Bendis poses a question with his mutant heroes that people sometimes pose on themselves: Is this where you wanted to be many years in the future? The X-Men comic has been full of creative new ideas; time-travel being one of its main staples. The difference between this story from other similar X-Men stories is the past traveling forward, and not the future traveling backwards, to stop dangerous future events. Because of the long history of the series, I am curious about what will be revealed to the original X-Men. They are already shocked by the appearance of a blue flurry Beast, who apparently has a time-travel device. Beast hopes that their past selves will convince Cyclops of the error of his ways. However, I wonder if Beast had a time-travel device, wouldn’t it have been easier for him to stop Scarlet Witch during House of M or Cyclops in A vs. X? So far it is a weak premise that should be explained in future issues. The scene is relatively small, but still an important part. Most of the first issue sets up the situation the original X-Men will see: Cyclops leading a band of rogue X-Men to rescue new mutants around the world while the other X-Men have no clue what to do. Because of the rebellious nature of the mutant revolution, Cyclops is slowing becoming into the “villain” you love to hate. As with all of Bendis’s work, the dialogue enhances the character’s personality and intellect. There is power and purpose in each voice.

IF THEY WERE TEENAGERS IN THE 1960’s…

There is a massive load of destruction and action in this comic. Stuart Immonen does an excellent job conveying not only the power of Cyclops and his mutants, but the overtone of terror and mayhem that follows it. I like the 60’s Mad Men style design of the original X-Men. However, I feel this was a lost chance to reboot the past like many Marvel titles. If the original X-Men were teenagers from the 1960s, that would make them at least 60 years old in the modern age.

BOTTOM LINE: SAME GAME, DIFFERENT PLAYERS

After reading All New X-Men, it seems the mutant dilemma is exactly where it was when the original X-Men were formed. With Wolverine taking on Charles Xavier beliefs of peaceful coexistence and Cyclops following Magneto’s viewpoint of dominance, the philosophical question is imposed on a new generation of mutants. There is still the question of what role the original X-Men play in this comic and for how long. Later issues will probably explore more reactions to the team’s grim future. I wonder if the X-Men ever return to the past, will they retain their future knowledge?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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