Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Albert Avilla Review: All-New X-Men #11

All New X-Men 011

Review by Albert Avilla

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors: Marte Gracia

We’re at issue #11 already and things are still rolling. Here are some words that I never thought I would say: Brian Michael Bendis is one of my favorite X-writers of all time.

There have been some legendary writers who have chronicled the exploits of the X-Men; Bendis is more than holding his own. He is bringing his A-game. Bendis has been honing his craft, and now we get to enjoy the work of a master who is prolific enough to put quality work on the stands on a consistent basis. This is issue #11, and I feel like Bendis is just showing us the onion without revealing the multitude of layers beneath the skin. Few in the business today can handle the group dynamic as well as Bendis.

I wouldn’t try to count the number of characters that had a part in this story. I find the interaction between the two Beasts and the two Icemen interesting. They have similar personalities, but they are not carbon copy, “Xerox”, cut and paste, “Photoshopped” versions of each other. Damn, you have to go through a lot of advances in technology just to use figurative language that everyone can understand, and I left out holograms.

Bendis dropped a bomb on us. Angel is leaving the original team to join the Uncanny X-Men. I didn’t expect any of the original X-Men to leave the group, certainly not this early in the storyline. Mystique is off causing her own brand of mischief. She’s messing with the big boys.

Finally, to get this issue filled with all the uncanny there is, the Uncanny Avengers show up to leave us anticipating the next issue. The action was light, but this was a very interesting story. Bendis is exploring relationships within the X-Men. This pulls you into the story and reveals how the characters have grown over the years.

The art is really good. There are two scenes that really catch the eye, the burning factory and the basketball court at night.

I rate All New X-Men #11 Buy Your Own Copy. #2 (of 5) on the Al-O-Meter.

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