After hearing months ago that Marvel had decided to cancel Uncanny X-Men again and that they would launch Uncanny Avengers in the wake of AvX, I’d finally made my peace with the idea that Marvel NOW! would ultimately be a vehicle for Marvel comics to shift their attention in an Avengers direction in order to take advantage of the success of this summer’s Avengers film. I’d come to believe that Uncanny Avengers would, in fact, be a melding of the Avengers and the X-Men and that All-New X-Men would be the closest thing we’d get to a flagship X-Men title.
Those fears, however, were recently assuaged by Marvel’s announcement that Uncanny X-Men would also be a part of Marvel NOW!. And even though All-New X-Men has turned out to not be the X-Men flagship book, my expectations of it were, quite possibly, unrealistically high.
Lots and lots of spoilers and speculation after the jump. You’ve been warned.
Very recently, I coworker and I had a conversation about what each of us wanted to see post-AvX. We agreed that what we really wanted to see was a book about the X-Men Extinction Team. All New X-Men, of course, isn’t that. But we’re getting a glimpse of Scott’s team, a few months out from Uncanny’s relaunch, as well as those two new characters, Eve and Christopher, who are recruited in the book.
I’m sure that I’m in the minority, and you guys have heard me talk about this countless times since AvX began, but I am LOVING Scott. I love this turn he’s taken into Magneto 2.0, and I love his crazy X gang signs. I love that even after everything he’s been through, that he’s STILL committed to the mutant race the way he is, whether or not you believe what he’s doing is misguided. This is all setting up what I think (mostly hope) will be a lot of great conflict.
I love Hank McCoy. I love what Bendis is doing with him, and I love the potential of his plot. I’m really hoping that this final mutation leading to his death is some kind of fake-out, but I love the story that it creates. But god, have we lost enough people already. I’m not sure if I could take Hank McCoy dying so soon after Professor X. I love that Hank McCoy of the past, who has yet to go through any of his secondary mutations is going to be forced to see how he could potentially die. I’m not sure that I’m entirely in love with the idea that Beast just pops back to the past to disrupt the space-time continuum in order to have a chance at calming Scott the hell down, but I can overlook it for now.
I thought that issue one was going to be Jean-heavy. After all, the fact that Jean is coming back to the main 616 timeline has been the BIG DEAL of All New X-Men, but this hasn’t even been touched upon. That’s going to be the huge thing that I absolutely can’t wait for, how Scott will deal when he sees Jean. I think it’s going to be an even bigger deal than seeing a version of himself from the past.
This book is all set-up, but it’s done in a way that didn’t leave me bored at all. We get a glimpse at where everyone stands (though no answers when it comes to Scott and Emma and what their deal is now, but I suspect that’s being left for Uncanny), and all the pieces are being set.
I love that this is, ultimately, a character piece. After so much action in AvX, I’ve really been wanting something characterization-heavy, and I think All-New X-Men is definitely delivering in that department. This is one of my must-read books now, without a doubt.
But when did I become such a hardcore Bendis fangirl?