johnkmccubbin91's All-New X-Men #15 review

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Fun and Romance

This has been a series that I've been enjoying since it started, and although it's not always been consistent, it's always been fun. I have also been even more excited about the X-Men series in general after the announcement of Battle of the Atom, which I'm seriously looking forward to.


As the young Iceman, and Cyclops head out for a while, the young Jean Grey spends time with Beast, learning more about how he feels about her.


This was not one of the better issues in this series, but it was still a brilliant issue, being a fun stand alone issue prior to the start of Battle of the Atom. Brian Michael Bendis did a great job of developing these characters, and I loved seeing them just relaxing, and having fun, as with Battle of the Atom just round the corner they won't have much time for that. I also loved the slightly controversy that Bendis added to this story, as although it's not proper controversy, it's bound to have mixed responses, and although I'm somewhat in the middle, I look forward to seeing where it goes, and if it will affect the Battle of the Atom crossover.

I wasn't too sure whether I liked the art in this issue or not, as it was much different than either Stuart Immonen, or David Marquez' art. I did however overall enjoy the art, feeling that David Lafuente's cartoon like style suited the fun tone of this issue. The detail in Lafuente's art was however amazing, and he did a great job wit the the characters, as although I wasn't a fan of how he drew Wolverine, he drew the younger characters perfectly, and especially Iceman who he already had experience drawing during his time on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Lafuente also did a great job with the characters emotions, making it easy to tell what the characters are feeling. I also loved the vibrant colours from Jim Campbell.

This issue would see what I assume was the first meeting between the young Jean Grey, and Rachel Grey. This slightly confused me, as Rachel has appeared in Wolverine and the X-Men over the last year or more, and the young X-Men have been mentioned during that, so I would have thought that they'd have already met, unless this takes place before then. I was however not entirely sure if I liked the encounter, as although the awkward approach was an interesting direction to take it in, I would have much rather seen a more shocking encounter. It did however suit Lafuente's art more this way though.

During this issue the young Iceman, and Cyclops decide to leave the school, deciding to go and have some fun, meeting a few girls whilst at it. I personally loved this sequence, as it showed a time when Iceman, and Cyclops were best of friends, and it was nice to see that again. I also loved the humour in this sequence, as it was the perfect fun adventure for these two characters, allowing them to relax, whilst still getting time for a spot of action. Bendis also showed both characters personalities well during this sequence, with Iceman being very cool, and confident, and Cyclops being timid, and serious.

The cover, and solicits for this issue advertised a possible romance between Beast, and Jean in this issue. Now I've already said how I had mixed feelings on the subject, but I felt I'd go into a little more detail, though I'll try and avoid spoilers. Basically whilst spending time with the older Beast, Jean learns through her telepathy that he has/had feelings for her. Now I found it nice that Beast remembered his time with Jean, but at the same time it felt kind of sudden, as I wouldn't have thought that he'd be having these kind of thoughts this late in the series, as it would have made more sense earlier in the series. I also loved the interaction between Jean, and the young Beast, as it was very dramatic, and emotional, and although it felt slightly awkward at times, it was enjoyable, and I look forward to seeing how this is developed.

Final Verdict

Not one of the best issues, but far from one of the worst. This was a fun stand alone issue showing the young X-Men having fun, as well as Jean learning Beast's feelings, making for a really fun, entertaining read. I'd probably recommend this issue, as it was very fun, and well worth reading, as well as a great jumping on point. I would however recommend waiting till the start of Battle of the Atom if you're short on cash though.

Rating: 4/5

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Posted by flazam

I love your review there the ones I look to first on comic vine!!, I share most of your views when it comes to this issue

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Posted by johnkmccubbin91

@flazam: Thanks very much, and it's nice that you look for mine first, much appreciated. I noticed we share same opinions mostly.

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Posted by lykopis

I had thought the awkwardness between Jean and Rachel is an ongoing thing -- not so much a first time meeting or I think Rachel would freak out but it could have been the first time physically seeing each other. Clearly a introduction is in order.

Jean should not be tapping into Beast's mind -- and while you can argue she couldn't shut out his thoughts -- I think someone who could take apart an entire motorcycle to its single parts should be able to control that. Especially since it's the single most argued point made to her by Kitty and everyone else.

Hmm -- poor Beast. Jean is just a teenager and she is well within her rights to test the waters but clearly this is to avoid being with Scott and that Hank is actually in love with her makes this all a bad idea.

So -- I guess what I am saying is that Bendis is catching my attention with the O5 and I am grudgingly beginning to enjoy it. :)

Greatly written review.

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@lykopis: Is it, I may have missed that then. I just thought that this was the first meeting as she appeared to have been gone for a while and Storm tried to warn her about something which I assumed was Jean.

Yeah that's a fair point, though the telepathy was a second ability that was found later, so I'd expect her to become better at he telekinesis before the other, but it is a good point. I think Bendis would struggle though if he made her keep out of peoples heads this early.

I agree with this point.

It's their inclusion that makes me so interested in this series, as although I was sceptical at first, it has been really fun, and interesting.


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Edited by lykopis

Storm trying to warn her kinda did give off the feeling it would have been a first time meeting. On further reflection, I am going to go with your take -- I think what I am guilty of is rearranging what Bendis presents to make it more easier to ingest, lol.


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@lykopis: That's fair enough, and I think he should have seen to this sooner, as it messes the continuity up slightly.

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Yes, it does screw it up (the continuity). Bendis has been guilty of some things already with both books (All-New and Uncanny) because while we were all wondering who was going to join Cyclops out of the O5, we didn't have to wait long as two weeks later, we got to see in Uncanny, Angel with Cyclops and gang (and of course the Cuckoos). It's something hopefully Bendis is getting a better handle on and maybe a little better interaction with Woods could have offset this.

I see it as lazy though. If there is no conversation to be had between these two, then I'd rather not have seen those few panel depicting their awkwardness. It's not enough, considering how important it is.

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@lykopis: Yes I wasn't reading Uncanny at the time it was revealed in All-New, also managing to avoid the spoilers, but I have read all of Uncanny since and even if I hadn't I can see why some people would be annoyed about that. It doesn't help however when Uncanny is out twice a month with slightly variable shipping schedules, and All-New's only out every month. I personally think he should just keep both as monthly series.

Yes I agree with this. It worked well with the artist who was on the issue, as it gave a funny feel to it, but I'd rather something deeper.

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