The story continues from where it ended in the present day, which really puts Beast in a bind. If you’ve read All-New X-Men #1, you’ll know that there’s a major medical issue Hank’s dealing with, on top of all the scientific theory he’s just spit on. Going back to the past to change the course of the future is a well-known sci-fi no-no. Just take a look at Back to the Future, almost any episode of Doctor Who or Quantum Leap and you should get it. Then there’s the whole being in the same room with older or younger versions of yourself. That’s the particular pile that ol’ Beast just stepped in and it’s gonna stink up the Marvel Universe for a good long while.
Brian Michael Bendis is making this one of the better books from Marvel right off the bat. The intro to the issue was pretty good as was the dialogue and pacing. Nothing moved too slow or fast, which can be a problem on team books like this. Everyone who needed it got their time in the spotlight, except possibly for Storm.
The dynamics between the two teams and the originals’ reaction to the present, were about as one might expect when thrust into such a situation. There’s things like Jean being able to read Logan’s mind when she first meets him which she couldn’t do in the “old days.” The fact that Logan didn’t realize the situation at first seemed appropriate for the character.
It’s really hard to find anything wrong with the writing here, though the next issue may be another thing entirely. Frankly, the best part of the script is the moment in which Beast finally tells Scott the truth that current Scott had killed the Professor.
The pencils from Stuart Immonen are nice and clean. There’s nothing extra to distract from the inks, colors and story. Speaking of inks, Wade Von Grawbadger has given us something cool to add to to Immonen’s pencils. The shadowing that these two create is, for lack of a better word, uncanny. The black inks and the blue on the uniform go pretty well together. That leads into Marte Gracia’s outstanding colors. It’s kind of trippy to see Jean use her powers when all that pink comes onto the page. It feels like looking at the panels through a lava lamp.
Because of the writing and the art working so well together and even on their own, this book gets another 5/5. More than just seeing the pages come to life, you can almost get a sense of how the character’s are trying to cope with the future versions of themselves and the school. It’s really quite fascinating.
All-New X-Men #2 (2012)
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Words: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors: Marte Gracia
Letters: Cory Petit