Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Stuart Immonen
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
Color Artist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
I’ll be honest….I loved this issue. Even though Uncanny X-Men #5 already spilled the surprise of Angel defecting over to Cyclops’ mutant revolution team, All-New X-Men #11 was oozing with drama. As I was reading it, it felt like an oversize issue. I kept expecting each page to be the end, but the story kept on going and going.
What I Liked
I could feel the tension on each page. After Angel declares he is leaving with present-day Cyclops, the remaining original X-Men try to convince Angel he is making a mistake. Jean Grey has been acting reckless lately, and that continues here. She does, however, get a taste of her own medicine.
Even though this issue is filled with drama, Brian Michael Bendis excels in a quiet moment with Kitty Pryde and Jean Grey. I love how Bendis has Kitty stepping up to assume a mentor role with the original X-Men. She really looks to be the modern-day Professor X for our time-displaced mutants.
The tease for what is in store for issue #12 makes me even more excited for what Bendis has planned for All-New X-Men.
What I Didn’t Like
I will point out that in solicits for All-New X-Men Marvel has teased that the original X-Men would be receiving new outfits. However, new outfits haven’t been revealed. With everything taking place it is hard to see where the original X-Men would have time to even fathom new uniforms.
I wonder if Marvel and Bendis had a change of plans, or if there was a mixup in marketing the solicits.
All-New X-Men races forward providing Marvel and Marvel NOW!’s best book each month. Even twice a month with it’s shipping schedule! We see a team member leave, Jean Grey cementing herself as a wildcard, and a confrontation between our mutants and one of Marvel’s premiere teams. Just another day at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
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