Review: All-New X-Men #27
ALL-NEW X-MEN #27
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER) • STUART IMMONEN (ARTIST)
75th Anniversary Cover by ALEX ROSS
75th Anniversary Sketch Variant by Alex Ross
• The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from “Battle of the Atom” are back and still gunning for the ALL-NEW X-MEN!
• Jean Grey came back different from her trial. What does this mean for the rest of the X-Men?
Some comic book stories are so good that you want to see the elements that made it such a great tale explored to exhaustion. Age of Apocalypse is a title that comes to mind as an event that was so full of cool that readers demanded more. One event that doesn’t come to mind as an overly compelling story that deserves to be thoroughly picked apart is last years X-Men event Battle of the Atom. Despite having some neat moments and a high dose of nostalgia that any X-fan would drool over, the overall story in that event just wasn’t very good. Leave it to Brian Michael Bendis, however, to never let a concept die, and issue #27 of All-New X-Men feels so much like Battle of the Atom that I was left in jaded boredom.
This ish stars the future version of the Brotherhood of Mutants that first appeared in the pages of last year’s X-Event Battle of the Atom, and they’re a pretty cool team. It’s fun to see an all grown-up Molly Hayes, the Ice Thing, Raze and the rest back in a comic, despite many of this villainous group of time-travelers seemingly being killed during Battle of the Atom. The story intertwines the Brotherhood attacking the New Xavier School with flashbacks to the individual back-stories of a couple of the mutant team’s members. The action sequences and overall pacing were nice, despite some clunky transitions between present events and flashbacks (flashforwards?) of these future-dwellers’ pasts. All that is sewn together tremendously well by Stuart Immonen’s pencils. His detail work is great, and the emotion he puts into the characters really makes the title worthwhile. If only I even remotely cared.
I didn’t care for this future Brotherhood when they were forced into the pages of Battle of the Atom, and I don’t like them now. The same old time-traveling tropes and story-lines that we’ve seen in X-Men books for decades was pushed onto readers again in the form of an out of place group of mutants from the future, looking to fix a problem that simply didn’t have the impact that the villains’ tactics in the present should excuse. As cool as these characters may be, their motives are yet to be fully known, leaving their actions with no real context to give me reason to even remotely care. This ish might as well be called Battle of the Atom, Part 2: This Time We Try to Get It Right, and it’s all a bit too little, too late. Meanwhile, the original X-Men team that is supposedly the star of the title is down one member, and the entire premise of the book – ie, seeing that original team deal with the modern-day Marvel Universe – is being swept under the rug as they deal with villains from a future that only happens because the original team travels and stays in the modern-day. This ish misses that very important mark entirely.
This series has been good for the very simple reason that it’s fun to see the original X-Men deal with the modern-day Marvel Universe, but this single ish completely ignores this idea in lieu of moving in a new direction. Although the future Brotherhood is a fairly interesting group of villains, they simply don’t work for this book because of the inherent lack of fully understanding their motivations, and the fact that they are a newly created team from the future, taking away from the original team dealing with the modern day angle that was, up to this point, the driving focus of the entire story.
Story: 2.5 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out of 5
Overall: 3 Out of 5