Review: All-New X-Men #35
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W)
MAHMUD ASRAR (A)
Cover by SARA PICHELLI
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
• The ALL-NEW X-MEN continue their adventure in the Ultimate Universe!
• Guest-starring Miles Morales and scores of other Ultimate characters!
• Will either universe ever be the same again?
Given this week’s announcement, we have to look at this book in light of the upcoming Secret Wars. However, this issue was scheduled to come out two months ago, so it’s not necessarily meant to be viewed in that light. Nevertheless, we know that the two universes are going to collide, merge, and then destroy each other, resulting in Battleworld.
Bendis does a great job at writing these characters and if any team in the Marvel Universe is able to handle the transition to a strange Earth that is similar, yet very, very different from their own, it’s the All-New X-Men. My one pet peeve is the way the issue is framed with a battle that stops with Miles Morales about to sacrifice himself, only to go into the flashback of how they came to this point, and then repeat that cliffhanger until the next issue. The flashback to how they got to that point is very well written with each team trying to deal with seeing analogues of teammates that they saw die, and sometimes forgetting that they are not the same people that they knew. X-23’s handling of finding themselves in another place where things have gone bad is an excellent use of her character, giving her depth I think she desperately needs.
Stuart Immonen’s art is fantastic, and he does a great job of making the Ultimate versions of the characters differ from their Marvel Universe counterparts, even when those characters are not side by side. Each character carries themselves differently, even when controlled by someone else. I cannot fault the artwork, it’s exquisite except in the moments that it looks a little rushed, but those are few.
I’m getting a feeling that this team of X-Men will find themselves in a position where they feel like they may have a part in the merging of the two universes, but that is strictly speculation.