The New Marvel: 'All-New X-Men'


All New X-Men 1The New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.

In the wake of what he’s done to the world—and the way mutants are treated—Cyclops has taken up arms against the world in what he thinks is oppression for a legitimate political agenda.  Cast as a criminal by even some of his closest friends, and coming to grips with the fact that he’s pushed mutant kind to the brink of salvation as well as extermination, the one-eyed sharpshooter gathers others around him to teach the world that it can’t put him down in the name of international security.  But, the unexpected happens as he comes face-to-face with the one person he can’t lie to, evade, or dare to disappoint: himself.


Covering Issues #1-6

The concept of this series is very interesting to me in how they make it out to show not just how the world sees Cyclops, but also how Cyclops sees the world around him—both as a mutant and as a “political” insurgent.  His life is turned upside down from what he originally thought it was going to be, back when he was one of the first students for Professor Xavier, and his former friends often contemplate that he wouldn’t have liked how he had turned out, though one such ex-teammate takes the idle speculation to an extreme end.  Regardless of the other characters shown and interacted with in the title, the series really does focus primarily on what Cyclops has done, what he hasn’t done, and what he might do in the future if continued to act with impunity.

I have to say that I love the artwork for the series; it flows very nicely and is full of color—or darkness, as the situation dictates—but I am severely impressed with the writing skills of Brian Michael Bendis.  It won’t come to anyone’s surprise that I am a rather huge BMB fan, especially his work on Ultimate Spider-Man and the New Avengers, but this is his first major work on a full-time mutant title, and he seems to be doing quite well with it.  When I first read the blurb for this series back in the summer, I wasn't unsure if I was going to like it, especially since it seemed as though they were going to go against my “Stay Dead!” policy, but he did it in such a way that doesn’t violate my own standards.  I truly believe that he’ll put some great work into this title as he did my other favorites.

As far as looking forward to how things work out in the future, I would love to see if there are any lasting repercussions for what Hank McCoy has wrought with his decision to bring the original X-Men from the past, and whether or not he’s going to be able to live with himself for doing so.  What I truly want to find out, however, is just how the X-Men are going to work with former versions of their founding members: will they incorporate the “new” mutants into their operations, or will they act as an independent team outside of the normal chain of command?  In any case, this certainly has to be one of the weirder interactions our heroes have undergone—from both ends of the timeline.



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