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All-New X-Men #4 Review

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What happens when the original X-Men confront Cyclops and Magneto? And what about when present day Cyclops sees Jean. Uh oh.

The Good

This issue is everything that I've been wanting to see since it was first announced. I may have said that before but this is where we see the younger Cyclops from the past confront the present day version. Even though we've seen some of the reactions from the original team with the present day events, there's still so many things for them to experience. Seeing Cyclops working side by side with Magneto is something to see. Of course there's also Cyclops reaction to seeing Jean Grey. What will Emma think?

We have seen time travel stories before. We have seen older and younger versions of the characters we know. Bendis isn't just going for the obvious and easy reactions by bringing versions from different eras together. With the events that have happened, not just in the recent AVENGERS VS. X-MEN series, there's a lot for both the older and younger Cyclops to deal with.

The same goes Jean Grey. Not only does she have to deal with finding out what her future holds, she also has to figure out how to use a mutant ability she was unfamiliar with before. The rest of today's X-Men will also have something to add. Bendis is showing that not everyone will react the same exact way, whether it's Kitty, Wolverine or Storm.

Stuart Immonen's art continues to impress here. There is a scene where the older Cyclops has to take in everything that he's seeing. This means we delve a little into his mind to see what thoughts are running around there. You have to understand that for someone like Cyclops, this isn't going to be a simple, "Oh hey, it's us X-Men from when we were kids." He's gone through a lot and has knowingly changed the way he's doing things for what he believes is better in the long run. As we see or hear his reaction to it all, Immonen uses some clever layouts that makes a scene of a guy just standing there thinking look really cool.

Throughout all of the reactions, there is also the ongoing story. It's not just about the original younger X-Men dealing with the present and everyone's reaction to them. There is still the new mutants popping up and Cyclops' plan to guide them along. And we can't forget about what possible fate present day Beast may see.

The Bad

The confrontation scene was well played out but you are left wanting to see more. That's good in a way. It's hard to tell what role Emma will play here as she and Cyclops are at odds with each other. Despite a lot happening here, there is almost an abrupt change of direction in the events of the story.

The Verdict

There's basically two main storylines going on in this series. The series shines when the focus is placed on the younger original X-Men in the present. Seeing their reactions to today's events along with everyone's reaction to them being in the present is what makes the series exciting. Despite all the time travel and alternate versions the X-Men have seen over the years, this is playing out in a different fashion. There are more reactions to see along with the psychological effects of seeing past or future versions for the characters. We have no idea how long this trip for the younger X-Men can last but trying to imagine what they will do or see in the present and what influence they might have on the X-Universe is what makes me pay the price of admission. Bendis and Immonen are on a roll. Having the series come out twice a month may have been a little hard on the wallet but it's great because having to wait a full month for the next issue would be unbearable. This may not be the X-Men we're used to reading but Bendis is mapping out an incredible ride that is taking the X-Men in a new direction.

29 Comments
Posted by The_Soverighn

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Posted by StMichalofWilson

That cover looks epic. I can't wait to get this comic

Posted by x_29

I have not been as pleasantly delighted by this series as you are, Tony. Here is hoping this issue will be great.

Posted by judasnixon

This week is stupid with good comics...

Posted by slvr4surfer

Like, get out of my brain...thought thief.

Posted by judasnixon

@slvr4surfer: 14 books! I never get 14 books!

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

@judasnixon: Same here! Why do there have to be $50 worth of comics I want this week? This book looks amazing, though.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

Can't wait for this book. Bendis is surprisingly doing wonders.

Posted by danhimself

@MadeinBangladesh said:

Can't wait for this book. Bendis is surprisingly doing wonders.

I don't think that it's really all that surprising...considering how amazing Spider-men was and how Ultimate Spider-man never disappoints

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Posted by neiliusprime

@judasnixon said:

This week is stupid with good comics...

yep...what also sucks is that many of them are bi-weekly

Posted by cjeromek

I think Marvel NOW is way more effective than DC's New 52. Don't get me wrong, I was interested in a lot of the books at DC but too many times over the past year have creators been shifted all over the place. Marvel on the other hand is taking writers with already great runs or terrific new blood and teaming them up with some of the best artists in the business and they've all got long term plans. Marvel is actually getting my money, while I just take casual glances at what DC has to offer and make plans to maybe pick up later.

Posted by sparty-dbq

@G_Money_Christmas said:

@judasnixon: Same here! Why do there have to be $50 worth of comics I want this week? This book looks amazing, though.

It's because next week all Marvel's putting out is AmSM 700 and AvSM 15.1. But it's not like they tried to parse all the books out evenly over the rest of the month. We're pretty much getting two whole weeks of releases at once.

Posted by AlKusanagi

There's only one thing to do, Young Cyke: Kill yourself before you become the Marvel Universe's biggest A-hole.

Posted by Grey56

Ugh. It kills me that this is cannon. I have no words for my disdain.

Posted by quatro_briefs

Can't wait!!!!!

Posted by papad1992

@cjeromek said:

I think Marvel NOW is way more effective than DC's New 52. Don't get me wrong, I was interested in a lot of the books at DC but too many times over the past year have creators been shifted all over the place. Marvel on the other hand is taking writers with already great runs or terrific new blood and teaming them up with some of the best artists in the business and they've all got long term plans. Marvel is actually getting my money, while I just take casual glances at what DC has to offer and make plans to maybe pick up later.

I agree wholeheartedly!!

Posted by Shinjiro15

very excited to see where this is going

Posted by SavageDragon

@cjeromek: I respectfully disagree. I like All New X men and Thor but was let down by Thunderbolts, Uncanny Avengers, Captain America, Cable and X force, Avengers, and FF number 1s. I will stick with Thunderbolts because I love the team, but I mostly read Image and DC. I will be trying out Morbius Kris humpries X force andSuperior Spiderman. I hope one of these books grabs me,

Posted by cjeromek

@SavageDragon: Hey, to each his own. Maybe I just have a bias for Marvel. I've liked all the books I've sampled so far and I also like that fact that the continuity isn't getting all kinds of flubbed up like the Bat-corner of the DCnU.

Posted by broo1232

Can't wait for this! So many great comics this week.

Posted by That60sGuy

@papad1992 said:

@cjeromek said:

I think Marvel NOW is way more effective than DC's New 52. Don't get me wrong, I was interested in a lot of the books at DC but too many times over the past year have creators been shifted all over the place. Marvel on the other hand is taking writers with already great runs or terrific new blood and teaming them up with some of the best artists in the business and they've all got long term plans. Marvel is actually getting my money, while I just take casual glances at what DC has to offer and make plans to maybe pick up later.

I agree wholeheartedly!!

Same here!

Posted by onela

Can't wait to read this, I'm enjoying All New X-Men way more than I expected to. 

Posted by danhimself

I really wish that every issue of this book was double sized

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Posted by sentryman555

@cjeromek said:

@SavageDragon: Hey, to each his own. Maybe I just have a bias for Marvel. I've liked all the books I've sampled so far and I also like that fact that the continuity isn't getting all kinds of flubbed up like the Bat-corner of the DCnU.

I'm really loving this series so far but thats my biggest fear with a time travel book like this. That somewhere along the ling continuity is gonna just go out the window. Its already confusing that young cyclops and old cyclops have met. Wouldn't that mean that if a change in the timestream would happen then it would've already happened? Like what if young cyclops said "I'm not ever gonna work with magneto" then wouldn't that have already changed? Thats a brain scratcher so I'm just gonna enjoy the series for now haha.

Posted by Lokheit

I liked the issue, and I'm interested to see what's happening with Cyclops powers... in one pannel it seemed like if he could multitarget with them but still not controlling the beam.

I was releaved seeing how his blast were still stronger than his young self, I was starting to think he was losing his control to put him on par with his young self and make an even fight, but I was releaved it wasn't the case.

And please Bendis, put Emma and Scott together again, they have good interation with each other here, make this just a temporal separation until they're on the same page again... please? That's my favorite couple EVER in comics (and 2 of my 3 fav characters), don't end it please!

Finally, Beast CAN'T die from whatever is happening to him. No, he can't die as an hypocrite that doesn't do justice to what his character was, he needs to be his former self, he can't die like he's now for the sake of his legacy (and I think he's part of the Illuminati now, so he's needed on New Avengers too).

Posted by fesak2

@sentryman555 said:

@cjeromek said:

@SavageDragon: Hey, to each his own. Maybe I just have a bias for Marvel. I've liked all the books I've sampled so far and I also like that fact that the continuity isn't getting all kinds of flubbed up like the Bat-corner of the DCnU.

I'm really loving this series so far but thats my biggest fear with a time travel book like this. That somewhere along the ling continuity is gonna just go out the window. Its already confusing that young cyclops and old cyclops have met. Wouldn't that mean that if a change in the timestream would happen then it would've already happened? Like what if young cyclops said "I'm not ever gonna work with magneto" then wouldn't that have already changed? Thats a brain scratcher so I'm just gonna enjoy the series for now haha.

The way time travel works in MU the younger X-Men has to come from an alternate reality, so that way nothing they do will create a time paradox.

Posted by tximinoman

When I first heared about this series coming out I hated the concept. It looked to me like a cheap excuse to bring Jean back.

I've never been so happy to be that wrong.

It's crazy how fun this series is.

Posted by sentryman555

@fesak2 said:

@sentryman555 said:

@cjeromek said:

@SavageDragon: Hey, to each his own. Maybe I just have a bias for Marvel. I've liked all the books I've sampled so far and I also like that fact that the continuity isn't getting all kinds of flubbed up like the Bat-corner of the DCnU.

I'm really loving this series so far but thats my biggest fear with a time travel book like this. That somewhere along the ling continuity is gonna just go out the window. Its already confusing that young cyclops and old cyclops have met. Wouldn't that mean that if a change in the timestream would happen then it would've already happened? Like what if young cyclops said "I'm not ever gonna work with magneto" then wouldn't that have already changed? Thats a brain scratcher so I'm just gonna enjoy the series for now haha.

The way time travel works in MU the younger X-Men has to come from an alternate reality, so that way nothing they do will create a time paradox.

If thats the case then I hope at the end of All new x-men we'll be able to see how their world differs from the main MU. So we know if it was better for young cyclops to see himself or not.

Posted by DeviousBastard

I hope teen Jean has reached the age of consent, for present Scott's sake.