Whenever a Marvel or Brian Michael Bendis comic opens with a chalkboard and notes on events throughout time, you know we’re in for a treat. Just as before, you’ll want to be sure you pause and fully examine every scribble on Hank McCoy’s chalkboard. The fact that this scene takes place in the future is more reason to read everything carefully.
Those pesky evil mutants from Battle of the Atom are back. The thing with time travel is, even if you get defeated, there’s always the chance of trying to fix that mistake and try again. That’s exactly what’s happening, much to Cyclops’ X-Men’s dismay. Learning from before, they know they need to target Jean Grey. Cyclops’ team may not be quite as prepared for a home invasion as they would hope. Throughout, we get to see more from a certain pair of mutants from the future that share some DNA and their plans for the X-Men.
What can I say about Stuart Immonen on this title that I haven’t said before? It’s always a joy to see Immonen’s art and when we get some big crazy fight scenes, it’s an even bigger treat. Bendis may have shifted some of the focus on the title away from the Jean Grey Institute to Cyclops’ New Xavier School but the heart of the book is still there. This evolution is keeping readers on their toes and with some more focus on young Jean Grey, I couldn’t be happier.
It’s a little surprising to see the X-Men from the future plan another attack so soon after their last defeat. It can easily be argued that because of the nature of time travel and the reasoning mentioned here that it makes perfect sense. As exciting as it is to see these characters again so soon, part of me wishes they didn’t reappear so soon.
Going back and forth from the present to the future was fine but a couple times it felt a little jarring and interrupted the flow of the story.
Who would have thought Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen would bring the evil X-Men from the future back so soon? Just as the X-Men were surprised, we could almost say the same. Bendis makes the perfect argument to bring these characters back and they have a big advantage over the X-Men. This makes for some great action. Immonen’s art has become synonymous with these characters in this title and it’s always a blast to see his art. There’s no telling what Bendis will throw at the X-Men next and that’s just one thing I love about this title. I can’t wait to see what happens after that last page.