All-New X-Men #18:
Switching Sides And Loving It
With the fall out from the recent “Battle Of The Atom” just beginning, “All-New X-Men #18” features the first paradigm shift of the new X-Verse.
Our original X-Men- displaced from their own time thanks to the ignorant optimism of the current Hank McCoy- switched sides in the ongoing X-Schism, and have followed “Professor” Kitty Pryde to join Cyclops’ team.
Brian Michael Bendis treats his run with the X-Men as a love letter to the Claremont Era, but with all the trappings of a modern book. There is love and angst and humor and drama… but also the dark sensibilities of the modern Marvel U.
And no one pencils all of this better than Stuart Immonen. The team’s home, hidden in the wilderness of the mountains, has the fun tech that you would expect of a super hero (villain?) base and also the lush scenery of a winter hide out high atop the Canadian mountains. But he also superbly conveys all of the various and complex emotions the characters experience throughout the book. And this team, together, make me care about a young Bobby Drake, and I didn’t think that was possible.
Altogether, “All-New X-Men #18” is a great next step in the MARVEL NOW story of the X-Men, and is Earth-2 Northridge’s Pick Of The Week.
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