Category Archives: All New X-Men

Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Okay guys, before I get too far into thoughts today, I have a question to ask everyone – Considering I only have three posts that are done every week (the two Mini-Opinions and the Weekly Summary), is this getting tired and boring? I feel like I should come up with something else to do that might be more interesting, but I’m not entirely sure what to do just yet. I will have to think on it…

Swamp Thing #0

So I will be completely honest here – I was not expecting to like this issue much. I mean, I know I was reading it for class, but I didn’t think it would be anything I was all that interested in. But when we got a little further into the mythos of this series, the different teams and their conflict, I was intrigued. It seemed like an interesting premise. I actually am debating picking up a TPB for this, just to see if the series is as interesting. I shall have to think about that…

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini Opinions – Friday Edition

Strangers in Paradise: Pocket Edition #1

This was one of the many books I picked up for the Gender Through Comic Books class I’m currently taking, and I am really glad this one ended up on the list because I think I’m going to have to grab the next few editions and keep reading. There was a really good story here, which characters that I couldn’t help but enjoy – I really want to know where their story goes from here, so now I need to keep my eye out for the 2nd pocket edition!

Final Opinion: Must Read!

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Continuing with the mini-opinions, which will hopefully be scheduled for Friday and Monday from now on. Plenty of new issues this week, plus a few new series I picked up and others that have been waiting for me to find some time. I’m hoping to get through as many as I can!!

Nova #2

I enjoyed this issue! It was a bit of a filler issue in that we really didn’t meet anyone new (unless you count the very end…) but we did establish that Sam has figured out the helmet and suit and kind of knows how to operate it. We also establish that something went rather wrong with whatever his father was doing, which is why he now has the helmet, and why Rocket Raccoon and Gamora came to him in the first place. I’m kind of curious about the panel with the mother looking out the window…think she knows more than she’s letting on? I wish we had run a little more with the story, but I still liked it overall.

Final Opinion: Solid

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Flying High (All New X-Men #8)

One of the hardest things about blogging right now is just finding time to put posts together! I think I need to come up with some way of making all of these posts NOT take so long to put together. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing it! But when it takes a few hours a day, every day, just to keep up, something will eventually give. I will have to ponder on that one…

All New X-Men 8

 

Anyone who’s read any of my other reviews on All New X-Men knows how much I love this series. Every issue leaves you with something to think about, and even their “filler” issues keep you interested and entertained enough that it doesn’t really matter that they’re only filler. This issue was certainly no different.

We start with a great little non-conversation going on between Young-Warren and Old-(not)Warren. Since we haven’t seen a whole lot of either of them, getting a little character development in for the two of them is nice! Now, if you knew nothing about what Warren has been through, this would be kind of confusing…so I hope everyone who doesn’t know has spent at least some time on Wikipedia! We go from there to a battle against people who…work for Hydra? Worship Hydra? Are Followers of Hydra? I really wasn’t clear on that one…but either way, we get to see the two Warrens work together to defeat this group, with a little help from the Avengers near the end. And at this point, the Avengers notice that there are two Warrens…and they are not amused.

Jump to probably my favorite part of this issue. Captain America needs to have some words with Hank, but instead of sitting in on that conversation, we pull back to the rest of the X-Men who are watching, specifically to Kitty and Bobby, who decide to fill in the conversation on their own. It was an adorable moment that made what would have been a somewhat boring conversation much more interesting.

Of course, the part that had me scratching my head (and getting a little scared, truth be told) was the very end, where Warren was freaking out over who he had become, trying to send himself back to his time, when he suddenly stops. And there is Jean, standing quite calmly, saying that they had made an agreement. Warren needed to calm down, so she had “helped” him calm down. To say it was a little ominous…would not be putting enough emphasis on just how ominous it was…there is something very very wrong about this whole act. I’m worried for Jean. She’s doing so much, so quickly. There has to be repercussions down the line somewhere, right? Hopefully…

Overall, wonderful story! And the next issue, which looks like it will feature Mystique and a beast-like creature who I do not know, looks like it may get even more interesting…

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So Many Questions…So Many Feelings…(All New X-Men #6 and #7)

I’ve totally forgotten to maintain and add to my little list of questions over the last few posts. So I’ve added it below and updated it with a few things that have come up since the last time it was posted. I’m going to need to start looking things up and making that shrink at some point, right?

All New X-Men 6

All New X-Men #6: I feel like, more than anything, this issue just left me with so many questions! And I’m not sure if it’s just things that I’ve missed from being so new to comics, or if I’m just reading too fast and missing things…but around every turn, I kept coming up with questions:

1) WHO is in charge of the Jean Grey school? Kitty said she was the headmistress, but then a few pages later Wolverine says Xavier left him in charge of the school. So…which one is actually in charge? Do they even know?
2) Did the first X-Men movie follow the comic in that Wolverine joined much later (hence why Scott and the others don’t know him yet)? I’m assuming so, but it always catches me when it comes up.
3) What is with the face in the ground?
4) How did older Angel (Archangel?) end up with Metal wings? We kind of side-stepped the question in the comic, but they are rather obviously different.
5) Why are they calling Mystique “Raven”?

I’m assuming some of these are going to be answered eventually, but I’m really not sure. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of them are never clarified!

I feel so bad for Scott in this issue – not to say that it isn’t realistic. It’s got to be confusing for everyone involved, seeing him and remembering what Older-Scott has done. I’m still hoping he finds himself a place to fit in sometime soon…cause I don’t think him being so isolated is a good thing either…

All New X-Men 7

All new X-Men #7: We got to focus in on Scott in this issue, and all of the internal turmoil he’s going through. I had to look up exactly where the school is located (Westchester County, New York) so that I could reconcile that with Scott suddenly being in Manhattan (coming from Westchester, that doesn’t seem quite so big a stretch…for some reason, I thought they were in England…) but other than that, I really liked the issue. The scene in the bank was really well done. Did anyone else take a really close look at what all Scott found in his deposit box? Yes, the invitation and some money, but did anyone else see the two rings, some pictures, the necklace, A lock of red hair? It looks like Scott almost devoted that deposit box to memories of Jean.

The rest of the issue is pretty much devoted to this conversation that Scott has with Mystique. It’s an interesting conversation…especially considering Mystique’s real motivation (that you find out about after the conversation). And since this is probably one of the first people that’s really talked to Scott since he got here (that we’ve seen at least) he’s probably going to listen. This could end up with some interesting consequences.

One question I’ve got here…when Scott hands Jean the wedding invitation, and you get her reaction shot…I guess I’m a little confused. She would have seen her own wedding from Hank’s mind when he showed her entire life. So why so surprised? Did she not remember, because she had been given so much information in that instant that she didn’t process it all? Or was she more worried that now Scott knows as well? I’m really not quite sure…

Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Scarlet Witch Depowering Mutants, War Against Phoenix Force – High Priority. This was mentioned in Hulk #1, but became much bigger when it came to All New X-Men. I’m going to need to find this info sometime soon! **House of M series (Thanks SM!!) and Avengers Vs. X-Men series**
  • What’s up with the numbered Colins of A.I.M? – Medium Priority. They seem to be spanning a few different series…
  • Who is this new Nick Fury? – Medium Priority. If he’s going to be a major character in Secret Avengers, I kind of want to know who he is… **Can be found in the Battle Scars series** Thanks thegothamrogue!
  • Previous Team for Hawkeye and Black Widow – Medium Priority. I think it might be the last series of Secret Avengers, and I wonder if something that happened there will be the reason they joined here.
  • A.I.M.’s history – Low Priority – who they are, where they came from, etc.
  • Jean Grey’s history – Low Priority – This is something I should just Wikipedia, so I know what some of these random panels are referencing.
  • What happened to the original Nick Fury? – Low Priority. Just curious.
  • Incident where Kate took over for Hawkeye while he was a ninja – Low Priority. It would be fun to know, but certainly not necessary!
  • Shield Command Structure – Low Priority. We probably don’t need this for most of the stories, but it would be nice to know.
  • Who Else was in the Sinister Six? – Low Priority. Mentioned in Spiderman #1 and #3, but not necessary to know. Like always, just curious..
  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else **Fourth Volume of Iron Man by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov (Thanks thegothamrogue!)**
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Consequences are Never Fun…(All New X-Men #4 and #5)

I feel like I need to start putting series into numerical order by how good they are…there’s a quasi-ranking in my head right now, but it’s certainly not defined at all. And this series is near the top at the moment. But I don’t know what’s above and below because I really haven’t taken the time to figure it out. And then, I think about that, and I feel pretentious. Which is part of the reason why I haven’t done any sort of ratings/rankings. I prefer to ramble 🙂 At least then, its fine if I don’t sound like I know what I’m talking about!

All New X-Men 4

Before we go too far, can I just say how much I LOVE this cover? I mean, it’s not the most intricate cover ever seen, but I think it conveys exactly what you’re going to see once you open up the comic. Cyclops and Young-Cyclops are going to go head-to-head at some point, yes. But if you look even farther than that, at their expressions – they’re both going to be affected by this. This isn’t a one way street. This isn’t Young-Cyclops makes Cyclops see the error or his ways and the Young X-Men can go skipping back to their own timelines. They’re both going to have to deal with the consequences of what’s about to happen. And it isn’t going to be fun for either party.

So this story starts right where #3 left off, with the two groups of X-Men staring each other down. Which was probably a blessing in disguise. If they had started anywhere else and come back, I probably would have skipped the beginning 😛 I loved the fight scene…that really wasn’t so much a fight as Cyclops trying to figure out what’s going on, Jean hearing everyone’s thoughts and not being able to handle it, and Cyclops power going rogue again (though I think that might have been Jean knocking him onto his face…and then the visor coming off…I’m not quite sure on that one!)

As interesting as the fight was, I think the more interesting part is just how affected both sides are…and how similarly both sides intially handle it. They’re both sitting on their own, staring off into the distance. But that’s when the two diverge. Young-Cyclops goes back with his friends even when they are mistrustful of him, whereas Cyclops is really pushing Emma Frost away…he wants to be alone, and she is just intruding. It’s a good comparison for how similar and how different the two of them are.

I’m also glad we got to catch a glimpse of the two new mutants from the first issue. Even if it’s only for a page, it’s good to know they haven’t just fallen by the wayside!

And of course, no All New X-Men would be complete without a cliffhanger than made you beg for the next issue. And this time it’s given to us by Hank, who is going into cardiac arrest. Thank you Bendis…for making me scream at a comic book so loudly I’m sure the people outside could hear.

All New X-Men 5

 

This issue, more than any of the issues so far, should be called the drama issue! We have Young-Hank trying to cure himself by crawling up and down all the equipment like it’s a jungle-gym (one of the more amusing moments was a quick frame when he was hanging upside-down by his feet). You have what’s going on in Hank’s brain with Jean, who show’s Jean essentially her whole life story (Isn’t there some sort of time traveling law against showing someone how they die? That usually isn’t wise…). From there we go outside where Wolverine is holding a vote on whether or not to kill Young-Scott right then and there, only to be interrupted by the miraculous re-emergence of Hank. He then tries to send the young X-Men away, only to have Jean stop him, hold a vote and have all but one of the Young X-Men decide to stay (I felt kind of bad for Angel…and he does have a point. We haven’t see his counterpart anywhere…) This was enough of a roller coaster ride even without any action.

I was glad we got to see Older-Scott again, and someone went to collect chameleon-face-stealer guy. It was also nice to see some progress made on his school. Nice…but a little ominous at the same time…

I worry for Jean in this series…It’s only been five issues and she’s already been put through the wringer…and more than likely, it’s only going to get worse. And really, what’s going to happen if she just continues to get stronger and stronger, long before she was supposed to? I don’t really understand how her abilities work, but somehow I think this is not a good thing…

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Back to the Future (All New X-Men #2 and #3)

Another series that I filled in the gaps for last Wednesday was X-Men. I think I was actually more excited for this one than Iron Man, because of the first issue. It was the start of a really compelling storyline, and one that I really wanted to know more about.

All New X-Men 2

All New X-Men #2: This was a set-up issue – there’s no doubt about that. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good set-up issue! There was very little action going on, but I felt like that was more than made-up for in little moments that were happening throughout the story. We got the young X-Men team into the future after a little bit of convincing – and there were some wonderful moments there between Hank and Jean. Hank forgetting that she couldn’t read his mind, and just having a hard time talking to her because of what he knows.  We also finally let everyone know that Hank is very sick. One thing that struck me as interesting and possibly ominous: Jean’s powers awakening early – I’m not entirely sure, but I don’t think that’s a good thing. At least, I hope we’re going to see some ramification from that, because of we don’t, I’d say that was a little too convenient!

Okay, but still, all of those silly moments that just made this issue so lovable:

1) Kitty and Bobby in Hank’s Lab. “Why do geniuses always have to tell you they’re geniuses?”
2) Young Bobby after Hank mentions what Scott has done. “He’s WAAAAY too boring to bring on the Apocalypse.”
3) As they’re entering time cube, Young Scott: “So we understand each other, if this is a trap, I blow off your head” Hank: “I know, Scott” Can’t you just hear the exasperation? 😛
4) Wolverine teaching a class on how to combat Ninjas
5) Bobby and Young Bobby’s reaction upon seeing each other, simultaneous “AAAAAAGGHH!”
6) After Jean puts Wolverine to sleep, did you see his position? Like a baby…knees tucked in, butt in the air. I cracked up laughing.
7) Bobby: “But on the bright side, TV sets are MUCH nicer in the future. Not as nice as I thought they’d be but still.”

I would happily reread this issue multiple times just for those little moments 🙂

Artwork is still awesome, not to mention the pacing again. Most big reveals always happen on the next page, which is really nice.

All New X-Men 3

I swear, this series just keeps throwing curve-balls at us. Now, not only do we have five X-Men from the past in our present, one who’s powers are awakening earlier than they should be, but we also have members of Cyclops’s group with less powers or less control over their powers. From what was being said, it sounds like anyone who was impacted by the Phoenix force (man…I’m starting to want to read Avengers vs. X-Men. I know not many people like it…but I feel like it keeps coming up!) has their mutant abilities lowered or they’ve lost control of them. I’m not quite sure which…

This issue focused on Cyclops and his group, rescuing Emma Frost (who didn’t seem to happy about it…), finding a base, arguing with each other a bit (Magneto is PISSED off…) and going to collect another mutant just before being confronted by the Young X-Men group. And…that was our cliffhanger, with the two groups staring one another down. If this series does anything well, it set itself up so that we have to keep going out to get the next issue! Because…really, how can we leave after that ending?

I liked the focus on Cyclops and his group for this issue. We get a little more insight into his motivation, and also into the dynamics of his group. It kind of also gives you an idea of where he’s trying to go – setting up his own school. I was interested in the fact that he wanted to name it after Xavier…Though now, what I’m really curious about is how he reacts when he fully realizes what he’s seeing at the end of this issue. Yes…I am hung up on the ending…sorry 😛

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So THAT’S Where the Time Machine Went…(All New X-Men #1)

On that crazy Monday when I picked up All New X-Men #1, I also picked up #3, #6, and #7 (which I didn’t want to read until I had #2, #4, and #5). I’d already heard a lot of good things about this series, and from what people were saying, I was pretty much expecting to like it. I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint!

All New X-Men 1

 

Okay, first things first, the blurb about what has happened to the X-Men prior to this issue, before the story even begins…Wow…just…I need more information now. When did all of this happen? This sounds enough like the little blurb we got in Indestructible Hulk #1 that I’m assuming the two are the same event. Thank you for explaining everything that happened, but but but…I wanna know more!!! Merging this with the Hulk question below, and elevating status. Because this is a little too much to take in with just a paragraph…

Overall, I thought this was a really good issue. I really like the artwork. I loved the colors and the shading. I also think the panels were laid out really well, so that you had to flip the page for big reveals. Being the type of person that tends to scan a page before I read, if a reveal is on the same page, I already know before I read the lead-up to it, which is always kind of disappointing. So having it laid out with the reveal on the next page is awesome.

I think we had a really good, quick introduction to almost every character, which was nice for those of us that may not know every single X-Men 🙂 The only two people who showed up that didn’t really get a mention was the girl with the flaming sword and, when Hank went back in time, the blond boy. Names were never mentioned for either of them, so I’m not sure who they are! This would only really bother you if you were paying attention to details, or you’re crazy like me and want to know every last scrap of information. It was a good intro to most of the characters that we saw. At the same time, there was plenty going on to drive the story forward. Even though most of this issue was set up and exposition, I was really interested in what was going on. We know something is going on with Scott…we don’t completely know why, which I think is what’s really compelling. You want to know his motivations more than anything.

And then, Hank going back in time presents a whole new path that this could go down. We’re bringing teenage versions of the X-Men into the future…oh that could get messy quick.

All in all, this was an amazing first issue – a good mix of action and character building/reintroductions that leaves you with so many questions. It drives you absolutely crazy, but that is what a first issue should do…it should make you want to read more!

 

Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Scarlet Witch Depowering Mutants, War Against Phoenix Force – High Priority. This was mentioned in Hulk #1, but became much bigger when it came to All New X-Men. I’m going to need to find this info sometime soon!
  • What’s up with the numbered Colins of A.I.M? – Medium Priority. They seem to be spanning a few different series…
  • Who is this new Nick Fury? – Medium Priority. If he’s going to be a major character in Secret Avengers, I kind of want to know who he is… **Can be found in the Battle Scars series** Thanks thegothamrogue!
  • Previous Team for Hawkeye and Black Widow – Medium Priority. I think it might be the last series of Secret Avengers, and I wonder if something that happened there will be the reason they joined here.
  • What happened to the original Nick Fury? – Low Priority. Just curious.
  • Incident where Kate took over for Hawkeye while he was a ninja – Low Priority. It would be fun to know, but certainly not necessary!
  • Shield Command Structure – Low Priority. We probably don’t need this for most of the stories, but it would be nice to know.
  • Who Else was in the Sinister Six? – Low Priority. Mentioned in Spiderman #1 and #3, but not necessary to know. Like always, just curious..
  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else
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