by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
All New X-Men
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Stuart Immonen
Published: May 2013
All New X-Men 10 ends with one of the mutants at the Jean Grey School deciding to abandon Wolverine and the team and join with Cyclops, Emma, and the others. It was a brilliant cliffhanger, the kind that asks a very specific question, instead of the general “what’s going to happen next?” that most cliffhangers end on. In this case, the unanswered question was “who is it?”
In retrospect, it’s completely obvious.
I didn’t really give it a lot of thought, or at least that’s what I tell myself for not realizing that it was Angel. Ever since the original X-Men arrived in the future, Warren has been incredibly uncomfortable, and everything that’s happened has just made him dread his own future. So he’s jumped ship, joining Cyclops in his quest to further the mutant agenda. It’s an exciting prospect.
The opening scene has some of the most exciting, tensest moments I’ve experienced in a while. Everyone flips their lid when Warren announces his decision. Tempers flare and things escalate quickly, stopping short of all-out civil war. When Wolverine unsheathes his claws in a rather dramatic moment, I nearly jumped out of my chair in celebration.
Unfortunately, the rest of the issue is pretty lackluster. Mystique and her band of misfits pull some crap with Tony Stark’s finances while further framing mutants for destructive acts. Jean Grey and Kitty Pryde have a heart-to-heart that, while not exciting, offers some pretty solid character development. To be fair, that tremendous opening scene accounts for almost half of the issue, so that’s a pretty solid first half.
Then there’s the ending, which has me anticipating the next issue just as much as I was this issue. Brian Michael Bendis just doesn’t let up, does he?