“The first story of a new era comes to its conclusion. One of the original X-Men will be forever changed!” according to Marvel’s hype machine. Is this issue as epic as they would have you believe? Major Spoilers has your review!

All New X-Men_5_coverALL NEW X-MEN #5
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger w/Craig Yeung
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Colorist: Marte Gracia w/Jason Keith
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Previously in All New X-Men: Cyclops is on the loose recruiting new mutants for a revolution. In an attempt to stop him, Beast brings the original X-Men to the present. The only problem is he is dying from a further mutation. Now young Beast must try and save his future self.


Using Jean Grey’s newly acquired telepathy, young Beast, old Beast and Jean all meet in old Beast’s mind to try and figure out a way to stop Beast from dying. While young Beast works, old Beast allows Jean Grey to look in his mind in order to see her future. It does not go well. Beast ends up mutating into a new form and the original X-Men decide to stay in present.

Some of that may sound confusing but Bendis handles it well, providing dialogue between characters that makes it all easy to understand. Beast and Jean discuss the dangers of messing with time and space and it’s something I’m glad he touched on. Jean’s powers are starting to progress sooner than they should. It’s obvious this is a consequence of Beast’s meddling and I’m interested in how this will affect Jean in the future. Bendis provides some of his trademark humor involving Jean’s old green costume and its ridiculousness. Marvel claims a character “will be forever changed” and that change is Beast’s appearance. Again. Not exactly as exciting as it sounds is it? This is his fourth appearance change if I’m recalling correctly, so we’ve seen this before. The response it got from me was “Wow, that’s it huh?” and honestly, it’s not that great of a new design. He looks like a giant blue monkey (Or ape. I can’t remember the correct distinction.), making this even more disappointing.

More interesting is the fact that the original X-Men decide to stay in the present. As the end of the arc, it would have been a let down to send them back so soon as they barely did anything. The fact that Xavier will just mind wipe them upon their return is addressed, which was good to see. I’m sure this is Bendis’ out, providing a reason for events to unfold the way they should. Hopefully it’s all leading to the much-needed confrontation between the old and new characters. This does bring up some problems as having them running around in the present might change things about the past, the present and future. It could cause quite a bit of confusion, something the X-Men don’t need anymore of. This book is still new reader friendly and I hope it doesn’t become a turn off. It’s a good ending to the first story, if not a little underwhelming. The first few issues had energy and excitement that has been lost. Hopefully Bendis is providing a pause before something huge takes place.


I reviewed the last two issues and gushed about Stuart Immonen’s art. I won’t gush much more as it continues to be wonderful. The scenes in Beast’s head have decorative panels matching the period that is taking place. The characters look just like they did at that time in the X-Men’s lives. The two-page spread of Jean Grey seeing her future is something that should be framed and hung on a wall. Fantastic work. The artist taking over this book for the next few issues has a lot to live up to.


As an end to the first arc, this issue is satisfying but a little underwhelming. The energy from the first issues seems to have decreased and the major change to Beast is something we’ve seen before. I enjoyed this arc and everything is set up for what could be a truly awesome story. The art continues to be fantastic helping an average story be a satisfying read. It’s still worth buying, and one of the best Marvel books on the stands. I’m hoping for something huge though. All New X-Men gets 3 out of 5 stars.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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One of the two idiots of Shock 'N Awe Toy Reviews, ever since he was young, Chris has sided with super-villains. At age 8 he became a Decepticon sympathizer. When he turned 18 he left home to become an Agent of A.I.M. He quit at 21 (the costumes were too stupid) and devoted his time to all things geek. His hobbies include making aluminum foil hats, magic, taxidermy and music. Oh, and reading comics. Lots and lots of comics. More nonsense can be followed at @scaabs on Twitter and his YouTube channel, Shock 'n Awe Toy Reviews.

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  1. _brad_
    January 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm — Reply

    love this series, it is a buy it from me.

  2. JoeM
    January 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    I did like that in his own head, Beast is the first blue Beast. Not the blue cat Beast.

  3. Svend
    January 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    Yeesh, I must be the biggest Cyclops homer of all time because I’m still rooting for him. Everyone’s all like, “Ohhh Cyclops, he’s a douche, he murdered Xavier blah blah blah” But seriously, he was possessed by the Phoenix. Jean murdered an entire frackin’ planet and she didn’t get the raw deal in the PR department that Cyclops has gotten. I guess it was because he didn’t have the good sense to die?

    And now, what? He’s back in the saddle trying to recruit mutants so they can protect themselves from (meta)humans who would do them ill. Let’s be honest here, The Scarlet Witch put them all in this situation a long time ago. What do we expect them to do? Just be like, “Oh right, yeah it’s cool, let’s all play nice.” Naw, if modern experience has taught us anything, it is that violence breeds extremism. The Avengers are reaping what they sowed when they attacked the X-Men. Cap is an ultra douche for handling it the way he did.

    Long story short: Cyclops has seen some stuff, and some things… Wouldn’t recommend it!

    • January 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm — Reply

      If you don’t recall Magneto tells him that before he blamed everything on his insanity but then he accepts the fact that he wanted everything he did to happen and it was just an excuse to sound innocent. I personaly think that that’s the case with Cyclops

      • January 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm — Reply

        I think that’s what Magneto was getting at. He was telling Scott to man up, admit he did these things because he WANTED to do these things and quit trying to blame it on outside forces. Something Mags learned how to do a long time ago.

        • Svend
          January 4, 2013 at 11:17 am — Reply

          Yeah, because Magneto has experience with being possessed by the Phoenix Force, so he totally has a frame of reference by which to judge Scott. Yeah, right.

          • January 7, 2013 at 7:28 am — Reply

            I’m pretty sure Magneto’s been possessed by SOMETHING in his long history of being, well, Magneto.
            And what everyone is mad as Scott for seems to be the fact of what he did BEFORE the pheonix possessed him, which was believing that he could somehow get the pheonix to work for him, to good for mutants despite the fact that the pheonix has been rather destructive before.

  4. Zombi
    January 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm — Reply

    So basically Kitty-Cat Beast is gone and a more *cough* realistic version of the Blue Ape Beast is back? I may never doubt Bendis again…

  5. cocopuffs
    January 5, 2013 at 3:51 pm — Reply

    I can get over the fact that everyone from the future hates young cyclops, even if he hasn’t done anything yet, is the whole “if you had the chance to kill baby Hitler” thing. What really bugs me is the Jean is mad at young cyclops too, if she saw everything that has happened through Hank’s eyes then she knows she did a lot worse, and so did Angel, so why is she being such a B

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